What is the discipline of Women's Health?

The discipline of Women’s Health is largely based at the Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, NSW's only dedicated women’s hospital. The discipline also works closely with other Sydney metropolitan hospitals to provide teaching to UNSW Medicine undergraduate students. Research in the discipline is largely carried out at the Royal Hospital for Women, St George Hospital and on the UNSW campus.

The aim of our programs is to develop new approaches to important clinical problems in our field by deriving ideas and strategies for investigation of treatment from basic science and applying them clinically. The discipline is committed to translating innovative research into excellence in clinical care for women and their babies.

Our strategic plan will deliver a new centre for translation research in Reproductive Biology and Reproductive Medicine over the next few years, with further advancements in that specialty.

Research areas in the discipline comprise of:

  • Endosurgery
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Menopause/Barbara Gross Research Unit
  • Paediatric & Adolescent Gynaecology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Urogynaecology
  • Women's Cancer


  • The discipline provides one of the most comprehensive, well-commended and largest undergraduate teaching experiences in Women’s Health across Australia with students spending a minimum of 14 weeks in the discipline by graduation.
  • The discipline is dedicated to excellence in teaching in the innovative UNSW undergraduate medicine program as well as the highly successful and ground-breaking, fully online Masters programs in Reproductive Medicine and Women’s Health Medicine.
  • Our teaching is primarily delivered by academic and hospital clinicians who actively practise in the areas of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and are hence in the ideal position to pass on knowledge and skills to undergraduates.
  • Students attend the Royal Hospital for Women, or one of our other affiliated teaching hospitals such as the St George & Sutherland Hospital, Bankstown Hospital or Liverpool Hospital or one of our rural campus hospitals. 
  • Key research strengths for Women’s Health research are: Reproductive Medicine, Endosurgery, Gynaecological Oncology, Urogynaecology, Menopause and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
  • The discipline has substantial commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and provides significant and expert clinical services across subspecialties in both disciplines.
  • UNSW Medicine & Health offers vibrant postgraduate research programs in Women’s Health.
  • The school champions equity, diversity and inclusion amongst staff, students and the wider community.