Mercy Hospital for Women Endosurgery Department




The Department of Endosurgery was established in 1994 under the auspices of the University of Melbourne's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Professor Peter Maher was appointed the inaugural Head. The department provides expertise in the practice of minimal access surgery in gynaecology.

A Fellowship Program was instituted in 1995 with the aim of improving surgical skills in laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery. A total of 13 gynaecologists have completed the Fellowship training.

In 2012 the Mercy Hospital Gynaecology was restructured and the department now has two divisions under the overall leadership of Professor Maher.

Endosurgery A led by Professor Maher and focusing on patients with symptoms of pelvic pain and endometriosis. This unit also works closely with colorectal surgeons from Austin Health and is therefore able to offer expert management and treatment for women with deep infiltrating endometriosis involving the intestinal tract. 

Endosurgery B headed by Dr Emma Readman, with a focus on menstrual irregularities and heavy menstrual bleeding.  Dr Readman is also responsible for the outpatient hysteroscopy clinic at the Mercy Hospital for Women.





We are happy to accept referrals to our units. The list of conditions we are interested in includes (but not exclusive to) Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain, Menstrual irregularity, Fibroids, Outpatient Hysteroscopy

Please fax referrals to 8458 4205, Attention: Gynaecology Outpatients Department. Please enclose current patient details (Address, phone number and Medicare details and any other special requirements- e.g. interpreter, physical disability etc).

A detailed history and copies of all relevant investigations (especially blood and pelvic ultrasound results) will expedite care of your patient.


Endosurgery A has an outpatient clinic every Monday afternoon, Level 3 Mercy Hospital Outpatient Department 1400-1730
Endosurgery B has an outpatient clinic every Wednesday afternoon, Level 3 Mercy Hospital Outpatient Department 1400-1730
Outpatient hysteroscopy clinic runs every Tuesday afternoon, Level 6 Mercy Hospital Endosurgery Department 1330-1700

Information about applying for fellowships with the unit

The Endosurgery Fellow position at Mercy Hospital for Women is an approved Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) fellowship position. Information on applying for the position can be found at-

To maximise experience from the fellowship, positions are preferably of 2 years duration.


The Endosurgery Unit at the Mercy Hospital for Women is committed to education and training. Courses introducing the basics of total laparoscopic hysterectomy are run each year. For future courses, please check this website for updates or contact the Endosurgery Fellow for more details.

Activity in 2014

The department has had a busy 2014 with over 3000 outpatient appointments attended of which approximately 50 per cent were new referrals. The department also offers a unique outpatient hysteroscopy service that serviced more than 175 patients in 2014.

More than 500 operations were performed, including approximately 50 diagnostic laparoscopies, 80 operative laparoscopies, 100 advanced operative laparoscopies (laparoscopic hysterectomies or excision of advanced endometriosis). There were also approximately 20 open procedures and 6 major vaginal procedures completed. Over 300 hysteroscopic or minor vaginal procedures were also performed.


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Dr Kate Stone website:

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