Council Members

Associate Professor Gino Pecoraro // President

Associate Professor Gino Pecoraro


A/Prof Pecoraro is an experienced leader in medical organisations and the medico-political sphere. Currently the federal chair of the AMA, he is a frequent commentator for the association in all matters of women’s health and has  also had leadership positions with AMA Queensland where he was a past president.

He has sat on many state and federal government panels and committees providing women’s health expertise and experience in helping to improve health services for the women of Australia.

As a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, he has had a long history of roles within that organisation. He has been the federal secretary, council and board member at both state and federal levels and during his tenure chaired a number of committees including the Continual Professional Development committee, the Subspecialists Committee and the Publications Committee. His contribution to college has been recognised with the awarding of the Distinguished Service Medal in 2016. He continues to be a senior examiner for the college and is frequently asked to comment on women’s health issues in the media on behalf of the college.

A/Prof Pecoraro is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of QLD and has also held the position of  Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Bond University. He remains actively involved  involved in the training of junior specialists, doctors and medical students .

Gino works primarily out of the Wesley Private Hospital in Brisbane where he offers private obstetrics and Gynaecology services. He also maintains accreditation at The Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital, St Andrew’s Hospital, Brisbane Private Hospital and Greenslopes Private hospital.

He is an award winning medical journalist and remains a reviewer and writer for the Australian Science Media Centre, is a presenter for Tonic Health Media and the Health Minute webseries.

He has presented a regular health segment on Brisbane’s Channel 10 news, contributes to the Today show in areas of health and has written for  a number of women’s magazines including Cosmopolitan Pregnancy where he is on 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.

Gino is an expert health communicator and dedicated to improving healthcare outcomes  for women and the doctors who look after them.

Dr Gary Swift // Vice President

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.

Dr Christine Thevathasan // Secretary

Dr Christine Thevathasan


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.

Dr Catarina Ang // Treasurer

Dr Catarina Ang


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.

Dr Stephen Lane // Past President

Dr Stephen Lane

Past 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.

Dr Andrew Zuschmann // NSW Councillor

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).

Dr Mark Jalland // VIC Councillor

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.

Dr. Sarah Broderick// ACT Councillor

Dr. Sarah Broderick

ACT Councillor

Vacant // QLD Councillor


QLD Councillor

Dr Richard Murphy // WA Councillor

Dr Richard Murphy

WA Councillor

Dr Murphy was educated in Perth and graduated from the University of of Western Australia in 1997. He has been practicing Obstetrics and Gynaecology since 2003. As well as Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr Murphy has a special interest in Prenatal Care, Fertility, IVF and Perinatal Loss.

Vacant // Salaried Medical Officer Representative


Salaried Medical Officer Representative

Claire Leonard // CEO

Claire Leonard