National Council

A/Prof Gino Pecoraro
Dr Stephen Lane
Dr Gary Swift
Dr Christine Thevathasan
Dr Catarina Ang
Dr Amani Harris
Dr Andrew Zuschmann
Dr Stephen Bradford
Dr Mark Jalland
Dr Richard Murphy
Prof Stephen Robson
A/Prof Ian Pettigrew
Dr Devini Ameratunga

The activities of NASOG are overseen by the National Council, elected each year at the AGM. The Council members include representatives from all states and territories as well as specific practice areas. The President has a term of 2 years from election but all other office bearers are re-elected annually.

PRESIDENT: A/Prof Gino Pecoraro

A/Prof Pecoraro is an experienced leader in medical organisations and the medico-political sphere. Currently the Federal Chair of the AMA, he is a frequent commentator for the association in all matters of women’s health. He is also a past president of AMA Queensland.

He has sat on many state and federal government panels and committees providing women’s health expertise and experience in helping to improve health services for the women of Australia.

As a fellow of RANZCOG, A/Prof Pecoraro has had a long history of roles within the College. He has been the federal secretary, council and board member at both state and federal levels and during his tenure chaired a number of committees including the Continual Professional Development committee, the Subspecialists Committee and the Publications Committee. His contribution to college has been recognised with the awarding of the Distinguished Service Medal in 2016. He continues to be a senior examiner for the College.

A/Prof Pecoraro is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of QLD and has also held the position of  Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Bond University. He remains actively involved  involved in the training of junior specialists, doctors and medical students .

Working primarily out of the Wesley Private Hospital in Brisbane where he offers private obstetrics and Gynaecology services, A/Prof Pecoraro also maintains accreditation at The Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and Greenslopes Private hospital.

A/Prof Pecoraro is an expert health communicator and an award winning medical journalist. He remains a reviewer and writer for the Australian Science Media Centre, is a presenter for Tonic Health Media and the Health Minute webseries.

He has presented a regular health segment on Brisbane’s Channel 10 news, contributes to the Today show in areas of health and has written for a number of women’s magazines including Cosmopolitan Pregnancy where he is on the panel of experts as well as New Idea and Woman’s Day.

He was a co-host of the nationally televised “Your Health” series on the community 31 network and was for a number of years the regular “Morning Medico” on Radio 612 ABC in Brisbane and still provides pieces for them.

Past President: Dr Stephen Lane

Dr Lane has been a specialist for more than 14 years. He graduated from Adelaide University and did further training in England. He began private practice in 2001 and established his practice at Adelaide Obstetrics in 2010. His practice includes the management of all aspects of fertility, from evaluation to treatment of men and women. Dr Lane’s expertise encompasses the management of general gynaecological conditions and all aspects of obstetrics care, including high-risk pregnancies.

Dr Lane has extensive experience using genetic screening (CGH) with IVF patients, particularly in females aged over 40, to maximise their chance of pregnancy. He has a special clinical interest and expertise in reproductive medicine, endometriosis, pelvic pain, ovarian cysts and abnormal menstrual bleeding. Dr Lane is also the Visiting Gynaecologist at Clare Hospital once a month, and he is currently studying a Masters in Reproductive Medicine. He was also the State AMA Councillor for Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 2008-2015.

Vice President: Dr Gary Swift

Dr Swift completed his medical degree at the University of Queensland and progressed through the RANZCOG training program completing his final year as a Fellow in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery at the Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne in 1999. He has been in private and public O&G practice since 2000 as a general Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with particular interests in Reproductive Medicine, IVF and Advanced Laparoscopic Gynaecological Surgery, especially for endometriosis. He was a founding partner in the Queensland Fertility Group Gold Coast Unit in 2001. Dr Swift Completed his Masters in Reproductive Medicine in 2011-12 through the UNSW. He is currently a Senior VMO at the new Gold Coast University Hospital supervising and teaching medical students, RMOs, and Registrars at all levels. As an accredited Level 6 Laparoscopic Surgeon, he supervises and teaches AGES trainees at the Gold Coast facility. He was President of the Gold Coast Local Medical Association in 2013 and 2014 and has actively been involved with NASOG for many years, previously as Treasurer and President.

Secretary: Dr Christine Thevathasan

Raised and educated in Melbourne, Dr Christine Thevathasan graduated from medicine at Monash University in 1986. Following two years of internship at the Alfred Hospital, she trained in hospitals in Melbourne and country Victoria as well as the UK, and was awarded the Fellowship in O&G in 1997. Dr Thevathasan works as both an obstetrician and a gynaecologist.

Treasurer: Dr Catarina Ang

Dr Catarina Ang is Head of Gynaecology 1 Unit, Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. She graduated from Monash University, and completed her O&G training at Southern Health. She was awarded national scholarships and grants to train in advanced laparoscopic training overseas. She took the post of Clinical Research Fellow at the John Radcliffe Hospital and the University of Oxford. Thereafter, she was awarded an international fellowship in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Dr Ang returned to Australia in 2006 to the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. She completed the Diploma of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and specialises in advanced endoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery and IVF. She is the Training Director of laparoscopic training at the Women’s and continues to teach medical students and registrars in public and private practice

ACT Representative: VACANT

NSW Representative: Dr Amani Harris

Dr Harris obtained her medical degree (Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery) with honours at Sydney University. This followed completion of a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of New South Wales. Dr Harris added to her impressive credentials by attaining a Master of Advanced Gynaecological Surgery qualification at the University of Western Sydney. She is also a fellow of the prestigious Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG).

Her obstetrics and gynaecology specialty training was undertaken at Westmead Hospital. During this time, Dr Harris completed a one-year fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Sydney West Advanced Pelvic Surgery (SWAPS) unit, followed by a two-year Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES) fellowship in advanced minimally invasive reproductive surgery.

Her experience with AGES, at Monash Health, Melbourne, allowed Dr Harris to work with advanced laparoscopic reproductive surgeons and fertility specialists who are renowned in Australia and overseas.

NSW Representative: Dr Andrew Zuschmann

Dr Andrew Zuschmann is a Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist. Dr Zuschmann graduated from Medical School at the University of New South Wales in 1996, and completed Specialist training in 2005. Further studies led to him being awarded a Master of Reproductive Medicine by UNSW in 2008.

Dr Zuschmann’s practice encompasses both public and private obstetrics and gynaecology. He is the Clinical Director of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at The Sutherland Hospital, and is a VMO at Kareena Private Hospital. He is a Conjoint Lecturer, UNSW. Beyond clinical medicine, Andrew is an AMA (NSW) Councillor representing the O&G Class, and is the Treasurer, AMA (NSW).

QLD Representative: VACANT

SA Representative: VACANT

TAS Representative: Dr Stephen Bradford

A highly experienced obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist, Stephen enjoys supporting his female patients at every stage, from issues prior to pregnancy such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), to conception and delivery, and at later stages with menopause symptoms.

Stephen sees fertility treatment and gynaecology as some of the most fascinating areas of medicine, because they provide an opportunity to truly transform the quality of life. He also understands the emotional stress couples experience if they have any difficulty conceiving, and his relaxed and approachable style helps patients feel supported at every stage.

Stephen’s extensive hospital-based training has given him a strong background in patient care. He completed his medical degree at the University of Newcastle after working in hospital clinics for over 12 years, and has had responsibility for managing the birthing units at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and at hospitals in Caboolture, Nambour and Canberra.

He graduated with a Masters of Reproductive Health in 2013 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG) in 2014. He moved to Hobart in 2013 and is now a fertility specialist with TasIVF.

VIC Representative: Dr Mark Jalland

Dr. Jalland graduated at Melbourne University then began his medical training at Western General Hospital and the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. Post graduate work in Obstetrics & Gynaecology was at the Royal Hampshire Hospital, Winchester, U.K.

Dr Mark Jalland has established a gynaecology practice in Central Victoria committed to providing best practice solutions to women’s health issues. He has expertise in gynaecology, laparoscopy, infertility and colposcopy and consults in Bendigo and Kerang with procedures in Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kerang.

VIC Representative: VACANT

WA Representative: Dr Richard Murphy

Dr Murphy was educated in Perth and graduated from the University of of Western Australia in 1997. He has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 2003. As well as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr Murphy has a special interest in Prenatal Care, Fertility, IVF and Perinatal Loss.

AMA Representative: Prof Stephen Robson

Steve Robson is a Senior Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, based in Canberra. He is an internationally recognised leader in the field of women’s health, the Immediate Past-President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the current O&G Representative on the AMA Federal Council.

At a clinical level Steve has been working in obstetrics and gynaecology for more than 25 years and is highly experienced in gynaecological surgery and birth procedures.

Steve is also a researcher, author, teacher, and advocate. He is committed to charity work and improving women’s health at a global level.

He undertook his science and medical degrees at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1987. After working as a junior doctor in Central Queensland, Steve became a full-time Medical Officer in the Royal Australian Navy where he also trained as a military paratrooper and served in the First Gulf War in HMAS Sydney, receiving decorations for active service. Upon leaving the Navy in 1991 he spent time working as a rural GP in Central Queensland.

Steve undertook his specialist training in Adelaide, the United Kingdom, and Canada, and completed his training in 1999. He worked as a provincial specialist in Rockhampton in Queensland until 2002 and was Clinical Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Canberra Hospital until 2005. He has had roles in private, public, and academic medicine for many years.

Apart from his private practice, Steve is a Visiting Medical Officer for ACT Health, and Professor at the Australian National University Medical School.

Provincial Representative: A/Prof Ian Pettigrew

Associate Professor Ian Pettigrew is a senior consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, providing clients with independent expert opinion, having substantial clinical experience both in Australia and overseas. During his career he has had a key interest in regional medicine, and currently works as the Director of O&G at the Mildura Base Hospital in Victoria. A/P Pettigrew gained his fellowship from FRANZCOG in 1978 and the fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (UK) in 1984. In 2002 Mr Pettigrew was appointed A/Prof of Rural Obstetrics and Gynecology by Monash University.

Salaried Medical Officer Representative: Dr Devini Ameratunga

Dr Ameratunga graduated with first-class honours from the Australian National University in 2007 before beginning specialty training at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. She completed her Master of Reproductive Medicine at the University of NSW and a fellowship year in advanced laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery in 2014 at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Ameratunga completed her training at the Mater Mothers’ Hospital in Brisbane, where she is a part-time staff specialist, working in all areas of gynaecology and surgery, and high-risk pregnancy.

Dr Ameratunga’s passion for women’s health and continuing education can be seen in her many publications and presentations as well as involvement in teaching as a senior lecturer for the University of Queensland. She is a reviewer for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (JARG) and is involved in teaching trainees and GPs for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Dr Ameratunga is happy to be involved in and manage all aspects of fertility care and general gynaecology, and has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery to reduce pain and recovery time.

Trainee Representative: Dr Tim Hasted

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