Women's health & reproductive medicine

UNSW medicine student working in a simulation room at the hospital alongside a UNSW educator

Improving patient outcomes in rapidly expanding fields of practice 

With almost one in 20 babies born through IVF in Australiareproductive medicine is offering hope and clinical support to many couples trying to have a child. Complications with HIV/STIs, infertility and unplanned pregnancy are consistent health issues that require addressing through new reproductive technologies and specialised professionals. Women's health medicine encompasses sexual, reproductive, pre-pregnancy and pregnancy care as well as the management of female specific conditions and malignancies. 

Studying women's health & reproductive medicine at UNSW

Our women's health & reproductive medicine researchers are contributing and collaborating locally, nationally and internationally with novel and innovative discoveries. Our connections with the real world of ‘hands-on’ medicine brings validation across all the courses on offer. The discipline of obstetrics and gynaecology is largely based at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick - one of Australia’s foremost specialist hospitals for women and babies. UNSW's other teaching hospitals include the St George & Sutherland Hospital, Bankstown Hospital and Liverpool Hospital. The National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU) was formed in 1979 and is a leading source of statistical and epidemiological research in reproductive medicine, pregnancy, childbirth, and the health and care of newborns.

Our programs

  • Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine (BMed/MD)

    The undergraduate medicine program at UNSW is divided into three phases and students undertake obstetrics & gynaecology teaching all three phases.

    • In Phase 1, students complete a shared clinical communications program over a six-week period.
    • In Phase 2, students spend three weeks of a six-week teaching course in obstetrics and gynaecology - the discipline is also a popular choice for honours and Independent Learning Projects (ILP) for student at this stage of their studies.
    • In Phase 3, students will complete an eight-week clinical program in obstetrics & gynaecology. Phase 2 and 3 students attend affiliated teaching hospitals across metropolitan Sydney and NSW regional hospitals. 
  • You can study women's health & reproductive medicine in the following postgraduate research degrees:

    Our research areas include:

    • Endosurgery
    • Maternal fetal medicine
    • Menopause/Barbara Gross Research Unit
    • Paediatric & adolescent gynaecology
    • Reproductive medicine
    • Urogynaecology
    • Women's cancer