The Mayne Academy of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is headed by Professor Sailesh Kumar and encompasses teaching and research into the female reproductive organs. Our academic staff members are involved in medical education, patient care, research and professional/community services. 


The Discipline's teaching activities take place at the Royal Brisbane & Women's, Mater Mothers, Nambour, Ipswich, Queen Elizabeth II, Caboolture, Redcliffe and Redlands Hospitals.

Teaching activities

The Discipline is responsible for an 8-week Core Clinical Rotation in the fourth year of the medical program, with a curriculum based on active participation of students in clinical teams in their allocated hospitals. Core teaching areas include:

  • normal/abnormal pregnancy,
  • labour and puerperium,
  • emergencies,
  • reproductive and sexual health,
  • fertility control,
  • infertility,
  • common disorders of the female genital tract,
  • early pregnancy complications,
  • introduction to cancer,
  • fetal assessment,
  • infections and medical complications in pregnancy,
  • ageing in women, and 
  • menopause and its problems.

Research activities

Research and postgraduate studies are conducted in two centres:

  • Betty Byrne Henderson Womens Health Centre under Professor S.K.Khoo (ageing in women)
  • Perinatal Research Centre under Professor Paul Colditz (perinatal/neonatal effects of hypoxia, fetal brain protection). 

These centres have attracted NHMRC and other grants and sponsored PhD/MPhil students.


The Discipline is based at Teaching & Research, Ned Hanlon Building, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Herston. 

Professor Sailesh Kumar
Head of Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Phone: +61 7 3365 5205
Address: Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland, Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Raymond Terrace, Brisbane 4101, Queensland