Women's Health Research

Our research into women’s health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has its origins in IVF; research that resulted in Australia’s first IVF baby in 1980. Today, women’s health researchers also focus on pelvic organ prolapse, endometriosis, endometrial cancer, breast cancer and pregnancy disorders. Studies also continue into how the IVF process can be improved for mother and baby.

The Research activities of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaeocology are undertaken within The Ritchie Centre and Hudson Institute of Medical Research.

Through the collaborative research at Monash Health Translation Precinct (MHTP), we are striving to achieve the best maternal and gynaecological outcomes for all women in our community.

The Centre aims to improve the health of women through innovative research that informs better healthcare. The Ritchie Centre has over 150 research staff and students, including fetal physiologists, immunologists, stem cell biologists, neonatologists, paediatricians, obstetricians, gynaecologists, and radiologists.

Professor Euan Wallace is Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. A medical graduate from the University of Edinburgh, he is an obstetrician and gynaecologist by training, specialising in perinatal and maternal medicine. His clinical interests are in high-risk pregnancy, including recurrent miscarriage, multiple pregnancy, preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction.

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