An obstetrician-gynaecologist is a specialist doctor who cares for women and specialises in pregnancy, childbirth and reproductive health. They help women before, during and after childbirth, detect sexually transmitted diseases, perform reproductive health screening and surgical procedures (such as caesareans, hysterectomies and tubal ligations).
Obstetricians/gynaecologists can also give family planning advice.
Obstetrics refers to a specialisation in maternity care, whereas gynaecology refers to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infections and diseases of women’s reproductive organs. Obstetrics and gynaecology are combined to form a single medical specialisation and so your obstetrician-gynaecologist is educated and has training in both areas.
Obstetricians-gynaecologists can work in public or private hospitals or have private practices.
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Specialist doctor
- Maternal health
- Medical and health check-ups
- Information and advice
- Health advice
- Health-related information
- Screening and tests
An appointment with an obstetrician or gynaecologist usually requires a referral from your doctor.
The cost of obstetric and gynaecological services varies depending on the treatment. Contact the clinic before you attend if you are unsure of the cost.Medicare
Obstetric and gynaecological fees are covered by Medicare if you receive care in a public hospital.
Private health funds
Obstetric and gynaecological fees are covered by some private health funds but your coverage will depend on your insurance policy.
RegistrationCompulsory registration through the Medical Board of Australia
Minimum qualificationsFellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists(FRANZCOG)
- An obstetrician-gynaecologist has a broad base of knowledge and experience.
- An obstetrician-gynaecologist delivers babies and looks after the health of the mother and the baby during, before and after childbirth.
- They can specialise in particular areas such as foetal medicine (looking after the unborn baby), maternal care (looking after the health of the mother) or delivery of babies.
- An obstetrician-gynaecologist can also specialise in fertility problems, colposcopy (an examination after an abnormal Cervical Screening test), infections and diseases of the reproductive organs (such as cancer or sexually transmitted diseases), contraception and menopause.