Council Members

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Dr Stephen Lane

President

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.

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Dr Gary Swift

Vice President

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 Vice President.

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Dr Christine Thevathasan

Secretary

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.

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Dr Catarina Ang

Treasurer

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.

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Dr Andrew Zuschmann

NSW Councillor

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).

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Dr Mark Jalland

VIC Councillor

Dr Mark Jalland has practised O&G in regional (Bendigo) Victoria since attaining his Fellowship after training at the Royal Women’s Hospital and in the UK. Dr Jalland is committed to maintaining and fostering high quality women’s health outcomes, especially for those living outside major metropolitan centres.

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Dr Rudy Lopes

VIC Councillor

Dr. Lopes is currently in private practice in south eastern suburban Melbourne, where he practices both obstetrics and gynaecology, with an interest in general gynaecological laparoscopic surgery, colposcopy, and contraceptive health. He graduated from Monash University and commenced his basic training at Monash Medical Centre before continuing with advanced training in Queensland and overseas in the United Kingdom. He has a public appointment to Monash Health where he is currently attached to the Contraceptive Counselling Clinic. He is currently the secretary for the Southern Subdivision of the AMA, and is also involved in Rotary Australia. He is married with two very rambunctious young boys.

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ACT Councillor

Vacant

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Dr Simone Campbell

QLD Councillor

Dr Simone Campbell has been a specialist consultant since 2003, and full-time fertility specialist since 2006. Dr Campbell also completed a Master of Reproductive Medicine in 2010. She has worked as an obstetric & gynaecological staff specialist in a range of public hospitals in rural and remote areas of Australia, as well as a number of private hospitals.

Simone is no longer practicing obstetrics.  She has worked in this Fertility in Darwin, ACT and is 3 years ago settled in her home town of Brisbane.  Simone is a busy Fertility specialist based in Brisbane City, working with City Fertility Centre.  She enjoys her ongoing involvement with NASOG, keeping up her interest and activity in the issues that are important to the profession as a whole.

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Dr Mike Aitken

WA Councillor

Dr Aitken has been a full time Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Fertility Clinician since 2000. Apart from general obstetrics, he has a special interest and training in the management of fertility and associated surgery.

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Provincial Member Councillor

Vacant

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Dr John Breen

Salaried Medical Officer Representative

Biographical details to come

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Dr Gino Peccararo

AMA Representative

Dr Pecoraro is past president of the AMA Queensland and also the Obstetrics & Gynaecology spokesperson for the federal AMA. He is the past Secretary of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He also chaired the Continuing Professional Development Committee during his tenure.

Dr Peccararo is a Senior Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of QLD and has also been an Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Bond University. He works as a senior visiting obstetrician at Mater Mothers’ Hospital where he is actively involved in the training of junior specialists, doctors and medical students.

Dr Pecoraro delivers (Obstetrics) at Mater Mothers’ and Wesley maternity hospitals, has gynaecology operating at Mater Private Hospital and is also accredited at St Andrew’s, Brisbane Private and Greenslopes Private hospitals.

He is an award winning medical journalist and presented a regular health segment on Brisbane’s Channel 10 news. He contributes to a number of women’s magazines including Cosmopolitan Pregnancy where he is in 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.

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Dr James Postle

Student Member Representative

Biographical details to come

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Caroline Khalil

CEO

Ms Khalil is a senior executive with significant experience in both the public and private sectors, including the not-for-profit space. With much of her career spent in the health sector, Caroline enjoys making a contribution at a senior level to effect good health policy and outcomes. Caroline brings experience in senior management with peak health bodies, strategic and operations management, governance, policy and advocacy, business change management, project and program management, and continuing education for health professionals.

Prior to working in the not-for-profit sector, Caroline held various public sector roles with the most recent being an executive level role with the Department of Finance. Caroline holds qualifications in business and project management, and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and member of the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).