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  • Aboriginal Health Services
  • Mercy Hospital for Women provides culturally appropriate programs to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and families.

    Contact us:

    Jo Pappas

    Senior Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer
    Phone: 03 8458 4393
    Mob: 0407 285 446
    Email:

    Jodie Lovett

    Aboriginal Liaison Officer
    Phone: 03 8458 4392
    Mob: 0419 983 187
    Email:

    Jane Britten

    Senior Engagement Officer, Nangnak Wan Myeek
    Phone: 03 8458 4651
    Mob: 0408 346 318
    Email:

  • Acute Pain Service
  • Acute Pain Service

    Head of Unit
    Dr Andrew Ross

    Services provided

    Telephone: 8458 4113
    Facsimile: 8485 4157

    Anaesthetists

    Dr Mark Anderson
    Dr Julia Clarke
    Dr John Crowhurst
    Dr Alicia Dennis
    Dr Rowan Gebert
    Dr Patricia Goonetilleke
    Dr Richard Hiscock
    Dr Gail Littlejohn
    Dr Andrew Robinson
    Dr Jenny Wheelahan

    Services provided

    The Unit provides anaesthetic services for obstetric, gynaecology and neonatal inpatients and day patient surgery at Mercy Hospital for Women.

    Staff are available to provide phone advice to referring practitioners regarding risk assessment, preparation for anaesthesia and the management of complications of anaesthesia.

    The Unit is a recognised leader in the field of obstetrics anaesthesia. Staff are actively involved in specialty research.

    Undergraduate and postgraduate training and teaching is conducted in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

    The Acute Pain Service provides follow up for anaesthetic issues post discharge.

  • Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic
  • Adolescent Gynaecology Clinic

    This service is not available at Mercy Hospital for Women.
    Please refer to Austin Health for provision of this service www.austin.org.au 

  • Adolescent Pregnancy Service
  • Adolescent Pregnancy Service

    Transitions Clinic
    Clinic Manager
    Ivana Stipanovich - Social Workers

    Contact & Staff

    • Olga Davies - Coordinating Midwife
      Phone: 03 8458 4201
    • Contact details for Registrar
      Phone: 03 8458 4444 and ask to page the Rasmussen Unit registrar
    • Other staff
      Dr Sheila Mulvey - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

    Hours of service

    • Tuesdays 1.00pm - 4.00pm
      Flexible appointment times are possible

    Services provided

    The Transitions Clinic aims to address the needs of pregnant women with special needs, particularly teenage antenatal patients, Aboriginal women and women with a chemical dependency.

    Young women
    A team of obstetricians, midwives and social workers who have a particular understanding of the needs of young women staff the clinic. The clinic offers antenatal check ups and classes, and gives young women support, care and the comfort of a peer group.

    Aboriginal women
    A relaxed, friendly environment is provided for Aboriginal women who may not feel comfortable in other antenatal clinics. Staff work closely with relevant Aboriginal health services to ensure quality of care.

    Chemically dependent women
    Pregnant women dependent on heroin, alcohol, tranquilizers or other substances can be stabilised through the Transitions Clinic. The multidisciplinary team includes two obstetricians, midwives, social workers, a paediatrician, a dietitian, psychiatrist and domiciliary midwife. Women on methadone programs are particularly appropriate for this service. Although not part of the Shared Maternity Care program, the clinic works closely with general practitioners, particularly methadone prescribers. Postnatal patients will be referred to appropriate community agencies on discharge for adequate follow up care.

    Referrals

    • GP Hotline: 03 8458 4100 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
      Olga Davies, Coordinating Midwife: 03 8458 4201 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
      Fax: 03 8458 4206

      GPs will be notified of date and time of initial appointment.
  • African Liaison Officer
  • African Liaison Officer

    Head of Department/Clinic

     Natalija Nesvadba (Manager, Multicultural Services)  

    Contact Details

    Phone:  (03) 8458 4150  -  Wemi Oyekanmi (African Liaison/FARREP worker)
    Fax:  (03) 8458 4191
    Email: woyekanmi@mercy.com.au
    Hours of service:  Monday to Thursday, 8am - 4pm and Friday 8am - 2.30pm

    Services provided

    • The African Liaison Program provides support and empowerment of African women and their families to negotiate the choices they make during their care at Mercy Hospital for Women.
      The program complements our Family and Reproductive Rights Education Program (FARRREP).

    Referrals

    External Referrals:
    Not directly. However, secondary consultation available – phone or email contact.

    Internal Referrals:
    Yes.
  • Anaethesia
  • Anaesthesia

    Head of Department

    Clin Assoc Prof Scott Simmons

    Deputy Head of Department

    Dr Andrew Robinson

    Sessional VMO's

    Dr Mark Anderson
    Dr Frank Buchanan
    Dr Richard Chin
    Dr Julia Clarke
    Dr Rowan Gebert
    Dr James Gledden
    Dr Patricia Goonetilleke
    Dr Richard Hiscock
    Dr Nick Jegathesan
    Dr Richard Jones
    Dr Ian Letson; Responsible for Registrar Roster
    Dr Heather Loane
    Dr Eamonn Mathieson
    Dr Patricia Newell
    Dr Andrew Ross
    Dr Neda Taghizadeh
    Dr Jenny Wheelahan
    Dr Amanda Young 

    Services provided

    Telephone: 03 8458 4113
    Facsimile: 03 8485 4157

    Services provided

    The Unit provides anaesthetic services for obstetric, gynaecology and neonatal inpatients and day patient surgery at Mercy Hospital for Women.

    Staff are available to provide phone advice to referring practitioners regarding risk assessment, preparation for anaesthesia and the management of complications of anaesthesia.

    The Unit is a recognised leader in the field of obstetrics anaesthesia. Staff are actively involved in specialty research. Undergraduate and postgraduate training and teaching is conducted in conjunction with the University of Melbourne.

    The Acute Pain Service provides follow up for anaesthetic issues post discharge.

  • Antenatal Clinic - Darebin Unit
  • Antenatal Clinic - Darebin Unit

    Senior medical staff

    • Dr Michael Rasmussen - Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Sheila Mulvey - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Michael Sedgley - Obstetrician
    • Dr Tim Lightfoot - Physician

    Contact details for Unit Registrar

    • Phone: 03 8458 4444 and ask to page the Unit Registrar

    Appointments

    GP Hotline: 03 8458 4100 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Outpatients Department: 03 8458 4111 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Fax: 03 8458 4205

    GPs will be notified of date and time of initial appointment.

     
  • Antenatal Clinic - Plenty Unit
  • Antenatal Clinic - Plenty Unit

    Senior medical staff

    • Dr Bernadette White - Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist  
    • Dr Claire Petterson - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Katherine Bate - Physician

    Contact details for Unit Registrar

    • Phone: 03 8458 4444 and ask to page the Unit Registrar

    Appointments

    GP Hotline: 03 8458 4100 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Outpatients Department: 03 8458 4111 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Fax: 03 8458 4205

    GPs will be notified of date and time of initial appointment.

     
  • Antenatal Clinic - University Unit
  • Antenatal Clinic - University Unit

    Senior medical staff

    • Professor Michael Permezel - Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Professor Susan Walker - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Stephen Hatzikostas - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Tilak Weerasiri - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Graeme Ratten - Obstetrician
    • Dr Ian Forbes - Physician

    Contact details

    • Unit Registrar
      Phone: 03 8458 4444 and ask to page the Unit Registrar
    • Senior Medical Staff (University Department)
      Phone: 03 8458 4381

    Appointments

    GP Hotline: 03 8458 4100 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Outpatients Department: 03 8458 4111 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Fax: 03 8458 4205

    GPs will be notified of date and time of initial appointment.

     
  • Antenatal Clinic - Waterdale Unit
  • Antenatal Clinic - Waterdale Unit

    Senior medical staff

    • Dr Jay Rao - Senior Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Miranda Robinson - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Megan Di Quinzio - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Louise Counsel - GP Obstetrician
    • Dr Christine Houlihan - Physician

    Contact details for Unit Registrar

    • Phone: 03 8458 4444 and ask to page the Unit Registrar

    Appointments

    GP Hotline: 03 8458 4100 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Outpatients Department: 03 8458 4111 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Fax: 03 8458 4205

    GPs will be notified of date and time of initial appointment.

     
  • Antenatal Clinic - Yarra Unit
  • Antenatal Clinic - Yarra Unit

    Senior medical staff

    • Dr Meredith Tassone - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Kathryn Cook - Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
    • Dr Mary Anne McLean - GP Obstetrician
    • Dr Kathy Paizis - Physician

    Contact details for Unit Registrar

    • Phone: 03 8458 4444 and ask to page the Unit Registrar

    Appointments

    GP Hotline: 03 8458 4100 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Outpatients Department: 03 8458 4111 (Mon - Fri 9.00am - 4.00pm)
    Fax: 03 8458 4205

    GPs will be notified of date and time of initial appointment.

     
  • Antenatal Education
  • Antenatal Education

    Contact details
    Parent Education Department
    Phone: 03 8458 4152
    Fax: 03 8458 4129

    Session times and venues

    • Day, evening and weekend sessions are available at Mercy Hospital for Women
      Monday evenings sessions are available at Well Women's Clinic, Ivanhoe and Hurstbridge Community Centre, Hurstbridge

    Services provided

    • Comprehensive series of antenatal education sessions.
    • Individual consultations available with a midwife. Patient concerns can be addressed at a convenient time and in total privacy.
    • Interpreters available.
    • Education programs conducted for secondary school students covering sexual health, family planning and pregnancy issues.
    • Five day work experience program for Year 10 secondary students. 

    Classes

    • All classes are client driven.
    • First-time parents program - content has 60% focus on parenting issues.
    • Young mums group.
    • Vietnamese and Chinese classes.

    Additional sessions

    • Breastfeeding.
    • T.E.N.S. information.
    • Multiple pregnancy.
    • Grandparents.
    • VBAC.
    • Labour refresher.
    • Caesarean Section.
    • Sibling session; for the children!

    Appointments

    Parent Education Department
    Administrative assistant: 03 8458 4152
    Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm

  • Antenatal Options of Care
  • Antenatal Options of Care

    Description

    There are several options of care available for pregnant patients referred to  Mercy Hospital for Women.
    These choices are presented to all new patients at their first antenatal hospital visit and include the following.

    Standard public hospital care

    Women attend the Outpatients Clinic for antenatal care which can also be arranged at the satellite clinics at Panch Health Service and Well Womens Clinic in Ivanhoe. Hospital visits are scheduled for the same day of the week enabling continuity of care with a specific team of consultant obstetricians, registrars, medical officers and midwives. Patients deliver in birthing suites, attended by the on-call team, and are transferred to comfortable one or two bed public rooms with baby bathing facilities and en suite. Patients require a Medicare card.

    Shared Maternity Care

    Shared care between accredited general practitioners or community health centre midwives for uncomplicated pregnancies, with some key reviews being conducted at the Outpatients Clinic. Patients deliver in the birthing suites, attended by the on-call team, and then are transferred to comfortable one or two bed public rooms with baby bathing facilities and en suite. See separate listing in this directory.

    Midwives Clinic

    Care is predominantly provided by midwives throughout pregnancy, labour and birth for low risk pregnancies. The Midwives Clinic is offered at Mercy Hospital for Women in Heidelberg and at the Well Women's Clinic in Ivanhoe. No referral is required and all expenses are covered by Medicare. Patients can nominate this option of care at their first hospital visit. Patients deliver in the birthing suites, attended by the on call team, then are transferred to comfortable one or two bed public rooms with baby bathing facilities and en suite.

    Team Maternity Care

    Antenatal care and delivery is provided by a small team of midwives and doctors. The team will provide you with care during pregnancy, labour, birth and in hospital after you have had your baby. This will increase the chance of knowing your caregiver in labour and in the postnatal ward, as the midwives work in all of these areas.
    You would see a midwife for most of your pregnancy check-ups, a doctor at your first visit and again at 36 and 41 weeks. If complications occur the team midwives would continue to care for you, together with increased input from the doctors.

    Family Birth Centre

    Antenatal care and delivery occurs with minimal intervention and equipment.

     
    The Family Birth Centre caters for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. A careful assessment is conducted prior to acceptance for this option. Medicare covers all medical and hospital expenses for women admitted as public patients. Women who choose their own private obstetricians will be charged a hospital fee and will be billed by their obstetrician. Shared care with an accredited general practitioner or community health centre midwife is also available. Discharge occurs within 12-24 hours of giving birth. See separate listing in this directory.

    Specialist obstetrician care

    Women choosing this option of care attend their obstetrician's private consulting rooms for ante and postnatal care. The hospital fees for labour ward care, surgery (if necessary) and accommodation are generally covered by private health insurance. Depending on the level of insurance, this option ensures a private room with en suite or a two bed shared room with en suite and baby bathing facilities. Full diagnostic services are available for private patients - see separate listings in this directory for referral procedures.

     

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