Associate Professor Joanne Said has many years’ experience in general obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine having worked in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Department of The Royal Women’s Hospital for many years. She is currently the Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sunshine Hospital where she has developed a holistic program to care for women with high-risk pregnancies. She performs diagnostic ultrasound based procedures (e.g. amniocentesis) and is qualified with over 15 years’ experience to counsel patients regarding the range of testing options available. She is a training supervisor for trainee obstetricians and Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellows and is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Board of Examiners, examining Ultrasound and Maternal Fetal Medicine candidates.
She is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings, and oversees a range of research projects at Sunshine Hospital.
Jo enjoys travel as well as spending time with her family and dog.
Dr Stefan Kane MBBS BA BMedSc FRANZCOG CMFM DDU(O&G) is a maternal fetal medicine subspecialist obstetrician based primarily at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, where he is head of the Fetal Medicine Unit and acting head of the Diabetes Unit. His clinical engagements cover the spectrum of high-risk pregnancy care, and include preterm birth prevention, multiple pregnancy, fetal medicine and maternal medical disorders in pregnancy. He also performs tertiary-level fetal and gynaecological ultrasound.
Stefan's primary research focus is on the maternal neurological effects of pre-eclampsia. His PhD research project aims to evaluate the potential utility of maternal ophthalmic ultrasound in assessing changes in the cerebrovasculature and intracranial pressure of pre-eclamptic women. Other research interests include structural and genetic fetal anomalies, red blood cell alloimmunisation, preterm birth prevention, and early pregnancy prediction of later complications.
He has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers on these topics, and has acted as site co-ordinator for a number of international randomised controlled trials. Stefan is actively engaged in teaching at all levels, from medical students to advanced specialist trainees, and holds an honorary position as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
He has a longstanding interest in prevocational medical education, and serves as an accreditation team leader for the intern accreditation authorities in Victoria and Queensland. He also serves as honorary secretary on the Council of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand, and is a member of the steering committees for the Women's and Newborn Health network of the Melbourne Academic Centre for Health, and the Interdisciplinary Maternal Perinatal Australasian Collaborative Trials (IMPACT) Network of the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand.
Stefan is married with four children.
Dr Su Lynn Khong MBChB FRANZCOG CMFM DDU graduated from the University of Auckland and completed her specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in New Zealand. She moved to Melbourne in 2013.
Su Lynn currently works in Joan Kirner Women’s & Children’s Hospital as a subspecialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine. She also holds the Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Australasian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine. Su Lynn manages high risk pregnancies with special interest in maternal medical disorders, fetal anomalies, preterm birth, recurrent pregnancy losses, pre pregnancy counselling as well as diagnostic procedures.
As a mother herself, Su Lynn is committed to providing patient centred care for women.
Dr Paul Brooks is a Paediatric and Fetal Cardiologist trained in both Melbourne and internationally in Canada. He was previously Head of Echocardiography and Fetal Cardiology at British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to training in Paediatrics he spent two years as a volunteer medical officer working in Vanuatu; this experience has shaped his ongoing approach to helping families understand and manage their children's heart conditions. Paul enjoys developing a supportive relationship with his patients and families, many of whom he meets and follows throughout childhood.
Kate Riley is a Genetic Counsellor with extensive experience in prenatal genetic counselling. She completed her training in genetic counselling at the University of Melbourne in 2007. Kate has experience working in many speciality areas of genetic counselling, having previously worked at Monash Ultrasound for Women, Monash Medical Centre, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Women’s and Children’s hospital in Adelaide. Her role at Western Imaging is to provide high quality genetic counselling for Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening, Genetic Carrier screening and diagnostic testing procedures. She also works in the Maternal Fetal Medicine department at Sunshine hospital and has a passion for working with women and couples about the implications of genetic conditions and to assist with informed decision making.
Bowen Salvas trained as a Sonographer at Monash Medical Centre, a tertiary referral hospital where he specialised in Obstetrics and Paediatrics. He was a senior sonographer as part of the Fetal Diagnostic Unit (FDU) at Monash Health. He has worked in tertiary Obstetric practices and public hospitals both in Australia and in London (Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals). Bowen has worked as the key obstetric Sonographer at the William Angliss Hospital and currently works as a senior Sonographer at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital.
Whenever Bowen is not working, he enjoys escaping with his family to the beach.
Danoush Fardsavar currently works in the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital and oversees the ultrasound training of Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrars and midwives. He originally trained at Monash Health and was involved with Fetal Diagnostic Unit (FDU), Fetal Monitoring Unit (FMU) and vascular imaging labs at Southern Health. Danoush worked in tertiary obstetric practices and public hospitals both in Australia and in London (Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals). Danoush has extensive experience as a tutor Sonographer and has successfully mentored a large number of Melbourne based Sonographers.
Danoush enjoys spending time with his young family.
Marlon Capiral is an experienced obstetric sonographer who successfully graduated from Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He also works at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital where he is involved in training obstetrics and gynaecology registrars and midwives.
Having worked in both the public and private sectors within New Zealand and Australia, Marlon has been involved in diagnostic imaging for over 6 years, and has a special interest in obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound.
When not at work, Marlon enjoys spending time with family and has a particular interest in thrill seeking adventures such as skydiving and bungee jumping.
Taryn Gilbertson developed a keen interest in Obstetric and Gynaecology ultrasound working with the team of Sonographers and Specialists within the Fetal Medicine, Fetal Monitoring and Gynaecology Units at Monash Health. As a senior Sonographer within this Department, she enjoyed the challenges of embracing new technology, mentoring and training staff.
More recently Taryn has enjoyed the challenge of balancing family with her work taking a part time position at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne between the births of her two cheeky boys. This position furthered her experience in Fetal Medicine as well as fostering an interest in the evolving role of Ultrasound in the diagnosis of endometriosis and other gynaecological conditions improving both the medical and emotional outcomes for the patient.
Taryn has found it a pleasure to be part of the team at Western Imaging for Women and the Maternal Fetal Medicine department at Sunshine Hospital since joining them in 2015. She understands the impact a diagnosis of an illness or disability has on the individual and family and the importance of an empathetic and supportive medical team.
Taryn enjoys hanging out with two young sons, getting outdoors for a run and holidays at the beach.
Catherine Jeyabala trained at St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) in general and emergency Ultrasound. She then went on to train at Mercy Hospital for Women (Heidelberg), a tertiary centre for Women's imaging. To further her exposure in Women's imaging and Obstetrics, Catherine worked at Monash Ultrasound for Women. She is currently working at the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Sunshine Hospital. She is passionate about Fetal cardiology and ensuring all her patients have a caring experience.
Judy Jackson is a highly experienced Registered Nurse and Midwife who has worked broadly in all areas of maternity care. Her warm and bright manner, combined with extensive practice contributes greatly to our clinical services provided. Judy also works at the Epworth Maternity Special Care Nursery in East Melbourne.
Her time off is well spent with her family, in her garden or quilting.
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