When people ask me what work I do, my answer is simple: “I am a doctor.”When they ask what kind of doctor, my answer is a little more complicated: “ I am a Urogynaecologist.” The response is typically: ” a Uro…. what?”. So I explain that: “I look after women who suffer from bladder problems such as urinary incontinence or women who have prolapse of their uterus or vagina”.
A lot of women are surprised that a field of medicine (Urogynaecology) dedicated soley to treating women with pelvic floor disorders exists. Many women are even more surprised to learn that more than one million Australian women suffer from these problems. Many women are unaware of how common pelvic floor disorders are and this is mainly because it’s not something that people like to talk about. Urinary incontinence and prolapse can be embarrassing and many women (and even some doctors) don’t know that there are effective treatments for these problems.
I decided to become a Urogynaecologist because I found this area of medicine to be one of the most rewarding areas I encountered during my postgraduate training. I discovered how the lives of women suffering with pelvic floor problems can be changed by non-surgical treaments or minimally-invasive surgical procedures. I enjoy the different clincial challenges that each woman I see brings to my practice, and developing a plan of treatment that will make their life more enjoyable.
I work in both private and public practice in Melbourne. I was head of the Urogynaecology and Gynaecology 3 Units at the Women’s Hospital, Melbourne from 2002 until 2017. The Urogynaecology unit has an international reputation as a centre of excellence in the management of female pelvic floor disorders. The unit has a large clinical work load and a busy research program. When I’m not working as a Urogynaecologist, I like to spend time with my family. I try to keep fit by cycling, gardening and surfing.