We believe women’s health services should be too. Whether you are planning a pregnancy, dealing with menopause or having health issues, our team takes a comprehensive and integrated care approach to your wellbeing to ensure that you receive the best possible care.
Pregnancy and post-natal care
Pap smear concerns
Prolapse, incontinence and discharge
Heavy periods, fibroids and ovarian cysts
Endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain
Complex medical conditions requiring contraception
Issues arising from surgical and natural menopause
Cancers of the reproductive system
Management of cancers with cancer medicine / therapy
Risk reduction surgery for cancer
Minimally invasive gynaecological surgery via laparoscopic or robot-assisted approach
Sexual intimacy enhancement
Genetic counselling and testing
WOMEN stands for Western Australia Oncology Menopause Endometriosis New mothers. It is our privilege to be able to support and care for you through all stages of your life.
Our team, comprising specialist doctors and allied health professionals, takes care of any possible women’s health concerns. Mothers-to-be can have peace of mind as our team is highly trained, with the understanding and care required to deal with normal and complicated pregnancies. With our team of obstetricians and gynaecologists, you will receive the highest quality of care.
Whether it is strengthening your pelvic floor and core muscles with our physiotherapist or, if needed, sitting down with our clinical sexologist and counsellor to talk through sexuality and intimacy concerns, our specialists are here for you. If all you want is some advice, our midwife will be on hand.
For any emotional and psychological support, you would be able to work together with our clinical psychologist. We will help you regain and improve your fitness post pregnancy through tailor-made fitness-training programmes that our exercise physiologist will put together for you.
You might not need all of our services but it is comforting to know that if you do, they are here. There is no need to travel from one specialist to another, repeating your story at every visit.
Whatever you come to see us for, our team of specialists will always treat you as a person, not a condition. Our comprehensive and integrated care approach ensures the best treatment outcome possible and endeavours to restore your quality of life.
You never know how long the journey will take or whose help you might need along the way. Which is why at the WOMEN Centre, we have assembled a team of expert health professionals: a women’s health general practitioner; menopause specialist; obstetrician and gynaecologists; gynaecologic oncologist; medical oncologist; general, upper gastrointestinal and bariatric surgeon; physician in infection management; specialist pain medicine physician; physiotherapist; clinical psychologist; clinical sexologist and counsellor; genetic counsellor; exercise physiologist; midwife; and clinical and research nurses to look after your total wellbeing.
We are here for you – our comprehensive and integrated care approach allows us to provide seamless care; you are treated as a whole person, not just a disease or a condition. The difference this can make to your quality of life is profound.
Of course, all you may need from us is a Pap test every two years. However, isn’t it reassuring to know that if you need more support, the team is ready? There’s no need to travel from one specialist to another, repeating your story at every visit.
Are you visiting the WOMEN Centre for the first time? Save time by completing our simple online registration form before your visit.
Designed by award-winning multidisciplinary designers, Mata Design Studio, WOMEN Centre is a space where your comfort and wellbeing are the foremost priorities. To enhance positive patient experience, our administration team provides high standard of service – anticipating needs and seamlessly coordinating appointments.
When you refer a patient to the WOMEN Centre, you are making sure that she will be cared for by a team of medical specialists and allied health professionals. She can draw on as many, or as few, of our services as she needs.
Each recommended treatment will be tailored to suit the individual patient, and referring medical practitioners / specialists will be duly informed and involved in the follow-up care of patients.
Our experience has taught us that the benefits of integrated care extend to every stage of a woman’s life. Whether it’s endometriosis, pregnancy or menopause, we don’t just manage the condition – we treat the whole person. For cancer patients especially, this holistic Survivorship model is considered best practice and has been shown to improve quality of life.
Our medical specialists and allied health professionals take a truly collaborative and integrated approach to patient care in order to ensure the best outcome possible and patients regaining their quality of life after treatment.
Referral may be faxed, e-mailed or submitted through this website.
Fax: +61 8 9381 2006
All referrals are personally reviewed and triaged by our doctors or allied health professionals, where relevant and appropriate.
We believe in and advocate medical research that leads to improvement in treatment, health outcome and quality of life for patients.
Our medical specialists and allied health professionals are actively involved in research and have published peer-reviewed research papers and presented at regional and national conferences.
How to get an appointment:
In order to see any one of our specialist doctors, you will need a referral from your general practitioner, gynaecologist, or other medical specialist. A referral may or may not be required to see any one of our allied health professionals.
If you have any queries, please call our friendly staff on +61 (08) 9468 5188.
Please bring these to your appointment:
If you have been asked to have certain tests prior to your appointment, please ensure that these are completed at least two days before your appointment.
If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please notify us at least 24 hours prior to your appointment on +61 (08) 9468 5188.
Full payment of fees is required on the day and may vary depending on individual circumstances or procedures that are performed. Please feel free to discuss this when booking your appointment. A current referral is required at each visit; this will enable you to obtain a Medicare’s rebate.
All major credit cards are accepted, and EFTPOS facilities are available.
If surgery is required, you will be given an estimate of costs that will show an estimated 'out of pocket' expense. This 'out of pocket' expense is required to be paid in full, one week prior to your surgery. The initial quotation is an estimate only; costs may vary depending on the final procedures performed in surgery. We will submit the account to your private health insurance provider.
Post-Surgery Follow-up Consultation
It is important to have a follow-up consultation after your surgery. This is normally arranged at the same time when your operation is being organised. It will usually take place in six to eight weeks after your surgery.
If you have had any tests or biopsies performed during your operation, your pathology results will usually be available on a Friday, within 10 days after your surgery. One of our nurses will inform you of the results. A letter will also be sent to your general practitioner with details of the results, and recommendations for further management and treatment. We are happy to send a copy of your pathology results to you as well; please do not hesitate to let us know.
Do's and Don'ts – Preparing For Your Surgery
Note: Bowel preps or enemas are no longer routinely given prior to surgery as current evidence suggests that this is not necessary. You will be advised at your pre-operation consultation whether you need to have one.
Do's and Don'ts – After Your Surgery
The nursing staff on the wards will assist you with all your post-operation care.
Note: Please always check with your car insurance company first on their policy regarding this.
How soon will I be seen and have my definitive surgery?
As a general rule, we do not have a long waiting list as our specialists personally triage every referral. Priority will be given to patients with a diagnosis of cancer, whom we aim to see and treat within one week of a referral being received. Often, certain tests may need to be performed, and the pathology results will be reviewed in the Western Australian Gynaecologic Cancer Service’s Tumour Board Multidisciplinary Team Meeting prior to your appointment. This may delay scheduling of appointment, but it is necessary to ensure all information is at hand prior to your consultation. After consultation, if you have a suspected malignancy and surgery is deemed necessary, we will endeavour to book the procedure within a week.
What happens to the space inside my abdomen after the uterus, cervix, or ovary is removed? What happens to the vagina?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by patients undergoing a hysterectomy (removal of uterus or womb). The abdominal cavity is a dynamic space occupied by other organs including the bowels, bladder, omentum, blood vessels, etc. When the uterus is removed, the other organs in the abdomen have more space to move around to fill the ‘space’. Usually it is the bowels that fill the space. In certain circumstances, when the uterus is abnormally enlarged or if there is a big ovarian tumour, other organs can be compressed. Therefore, the removal of the uterus will resolve the symptoms of compression once the space is freed up. Once the uterus or cervix is detached from the vagina, the top of the vagina will be closed by sutures (stitches) to enable it to heal without problems. Sexual intercourse is usually possible after six weeks.
Will I be menopausal after a hysterectomy?
This depends on whether the ovaries are removed or not. A hysterectomy can be performed with or without removal of the ovaries at the same time. In certain conditions, especially cancers, it is often recommended that the ovaries be removed to achieve a better cure rate. The ovaries may sometimes be preserved even in cancerous conditions, and other fertility sparing options are available if you are still young and wish to have more children – these special cases will need to be discussed with our gynaecologic oncologist.
Naturally, women have two ovaries, and removal of one of them will not cause menopause because the other ovary is able to compensate. Studies show that overall time of natural menopause may be accelerated by 6 to 12 months if one ovary is removed.
If you are already post-menopausal (average age of menopause onset in Australia is 51 years old) prior to the surgery, then removal of both ovaries will usually have minimal side effects. However, if you are peri-menopausal (still in the process of going through menopause with some hot flushes), then your symptoms of hot flushes may worsen.
Is hormone replacement therapy (HRT) bad for me?
This is an intensely complex field, and HRT continues to evoke strong reactions from the media and the lay public mostly due to misperceptions about certain risks.
In summary, it depends on your age, past medical history, and your risk factors for developing certain diseases. If you have been rendered menopausal after surgery, particularly below the age of 45 years old, then HRT is beneficial in most cases. There are certain rare gynaecological cancers (eg endometrial stromal sarcomas) that may preclude the use of HRT. However, as a general rule, recurrence rates of most gynaecological cancers after treatment are not affected by HRT.
We will discuss in detail your specific clinical scenario and advise whether HRT should be prescribed. Necessary referrals will also be made to the Menopausal Symptoms After Cancer Clinic at King Edward Memorial Hospital or our women health’s general physician or gynaecologists who have the expertise in this field.
Is my cancer curable?
Up to 70% of gynaecological cancers are curable with either surgery alone or a combination of surgery with adjuvant chemotherapy and / or radiation. Bear in mind that less than 5% of medical conditions have a cure. There is no cure for asthma, diabetes, hypertension, skin allergies, etc. Similar to these medical conditions, the disease is controlled; every time if it becomes a problem, aggressive management is employed.
Although less than 20% of ovarian cancer is cured, the condition should be treated like a chronic disease just like the way asthma and diabetes are treated rather than a ‘death sentence’. Each recurrence, if and when it occurs, is retreated either with surgery and / or chemotherapy, just like a chronic disease that may have exacerbations requiring treatment to make them better again. The combination of radical surgery and tailored chemotherapy has enabled us to maintain long-term survivors with a normal quality of life
Newly confirmed or highly suspicious for malignancy - consult within 1 week.
Clinically urgent due to symptoms - consult within 1 to 2 weeks.
Low index of suspicion for malignancy - consult within 2 to 3 weeks.
Complex benign - consult within 4 weeks.
Uncomplicated benign - next available appointment.
We will contact all patients and for cases of biopsy confirmed malignancies, referrals will be reviewed within 1 week.
Occasionally, patients with uncomplicated benign conditions may be referred to our gynaecologists who may be able to see the patients earlier, as priority is to provide all newly diagnosed cancer patients with a consult within 1 week.
Risk of Persistent or Recurrent Neoplasia in Conservatively Treated Women with Cervical Adenocarcinoma In Situ with Negative Histological Margins
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2017; DOI: 10.1111/aogs.13110.
Value of Specialist Pathology Review in a Single Statewide Gynecologic Cancer Service
International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer, 2017; 27(1): 171-176.
Risk of Persistent and Recurrent Cervical Neoplasia Following Incidentally Detected Adenocarcinoma In Situ
American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2016; DOI: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.11.1044.
A Novel Surgical Technique for the Large Ovarian Cystic Mass – Combined Mini-Laparotomy and Laparoscopy
European Journal of Gynaecology Oncology, 2016; DOI: 10.12892/ejgo3259.2016.
Discussing Sexuality With Women Considering Risk-Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy: An International Survey of Current Practice in Gynaecologic Oncology
International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer, 2016 Aug; online.
A Novel Clinical Prediction Model For Prognosis In Newly Diagnosed Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma Using Decision Tree Analysis
Brims F, Meniawy T M, Duffus I, Segal A, Creaney J, Lake R A, et al.
Journal of Thoracic Oncology, 2016 Apr; 11(4): 573-582.
Spontaneous Regression Of CIN2 In Women Aged 18-24 Years: A Retrospective Study Of A State-wide Population In Western Australia
Munro A, Powell R G, Cohen P, Bowen S, Spilsbury K, O'Leary P, Semmens J B, Codde J, Williams V, Steel N and Leung Y.
Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 2016 Mar; 95(3): 291-298.
Outcomes Of Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Using A 5-mm Versus 10-mm Laparoscope: A Randomized Control Trial
The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology, 2016 Jan; 23(1): 101-106.
PD-L1 On Peripheral Blood T Lymphocytes Is Prognostic In Patients With Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Treated With EGFR Inhibitors
Meniawy T M, Lake R A, McDonnell A, Millward M and Nowak A K.
Lung Cancer, 2016 Jan; 93: 9-16.
Prevalence Of Sexual Dysfunction After Risk-Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy
Gynaecologic Oncology 2016 Jan; 140(1): 95-100.
Novel BRAF And KRAS Mutations In Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma Arising In Struma Ovarii
A. Tan, C. J. R. Stewart, K. L. Garrett, M. Rye and Cohen P.
Endocrine Pathology, 2015 Dec; 26(4): 296-301.
Frontline Treatment Of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
Goh J, Mohan G R, Ladwa R, Ananda S, Cohen P and Baron-Hay S.
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2015 Dec; 11(Suppl 6): 1-16.
Morcellation Of Occult Uterine Malignancies: An Australian Single Institution Retrospective Study
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2015 Oct; 55(5): 503-506.
In-vitro Maturation And Cryopreservation Of Oocytes At The Time Of Oophorectomy
Walls M L, Douglas K, Ryan J P, Tan J and Hart R.
Gynaecologic Oncology Reports, 2015 Aug; 13: 79-81.
A Novel Surgical Technique For The Large Ovarian Cystic Mass – Combined Mini-Laparotomy and Laparoscopy
European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology, 2015; Article in press, accepted for publication August 2015.
Ovarian Sex Cord-stromal Tumours In Patients With Probable Or Confirmed Germline DICER1 Mutations
Oost E E, Charles A, Choong C S, Leung Y, Salfinger S, Sonnendecker H, Tan J, Townshend S, Witkowski L, Foulkes W D and Stewart C J.
International Journal of Gynaecology Pathology, 2015 May; 34(3): 266-274.
Conversion Of A Gastric Band Into An Intraperitoneal Port In A Patient With Optimally Debulked Stage 3C Serous Ovarian Carcinoma
Gynaecologic Oncology Reports, 2015 Mar; 12: 75-76.
Utilisation Of Co-Testing After Treatment Of CIN
Munro A, Codde J, Semmens J, Leung Y, Spilsbury K, Williams V, Steel N, Cohen P, et al.
Australian Family Physician, 2015 Jan-Feb; 44(1-2): 64-68.
The Effects Of Pre-operative Menopausal Status And Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) On Sexuality And Quality Of Life After Risk-Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy
Maturitas, 2015; Ms. No. MAT-D-15-00368R1.
Foamy Gland Changes In Gastric-type Endocervical Neoplasia
Stewart C J R, Frost F, Leake R, Mohan G R and Tan J.
Pathology, 2015; 47: 653-658.
Diffuse Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma Presenting With Psammomatous Calcification On A Cervical Smear
Acta Cytologica, 2015; 59(6): 498-504.
Non-Invasive Detection Of Treatment Response And Acquired Resistance In Patients With Metastatic Melanoma
Gray E S, Rizos M, Reid A L, Boyd S C, Pereira M R, Lo J, Tembe V, Freeman J, Lee J H J, Scolyer R A, Siew K, Cooper A, Khattak M A, Meniawy T M, Long G V, Carlino M S, Millward M and Ziman M l.
Oncotarget, 2015; 6(39): 42008-42018.
Comparison Of Fibulin-3 And Mesothelin As Markers In Malignant Mesothelioma
Creaney J, Dick I M, Meniawy T M, Leong S L, Leon J S, Demelker Y, et al.
Thorax, 2014 Oct; 69(10): 895-902.
The Evolving Role Of A Gynaecologic Oncologist In A Tertiary Hospital
Acton J, Leung Y, Tan J and Salfinger S.
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2014 Feb; 54(1): 26-29.
Comparison Of Ultrasonic Shears And Traditional Suture Ligature For Vaginal Hysterectomy: Randomized Controlled Trial
Fitz-Gerald A L, Tan J, Chan K, Polyakov A, Edwards G N, Tsaltas J and Vollenhoven B.
The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology, 2013; 20(6), 853-857.
The Introduction And The Validation Of A Surgical Encounter Template To Facilitate Surgical Coaching Of Gynaecologists At A Metropolitan Tertiary Obstetrics And Gynaecology Hospital
Leung Y, Salfinger S, Tan J and Frazer A.
The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2013 Oct; 53(5): 477-483.
Existing Models, But Not Neutrophil-To-Lymphocyte Ratio, Are Prognostic In Malignant Mesothelioma
Meniawy T M, Creaney J, Lake R A and Nowak A K.
British Journal of Cancer, 2013 Oct; 109(7): 1813-1820.
Transtubal Spread Of Endometrial Carcinoma: Correlation of Intra-luminal Tumour Cells with Tumour Grade, Peritoneal Fluid Cytology, and Extra-uterine Metastasis
Steward C J, Doherty D A, Havlat M, Koay M H, Leung Y, Naran A, O’Brien D, Ruba S, Salfinger S and Tan J.
Pathology, 2013 Jun; 45(4): 382-387.
Mullerian Carcinosarcoma Arising In The Cecum Associated With Florid Vascular Proliferation/Glomeruloid Microvascular Proliferation
Stewart C J R. Abeysuriya D, Kumarasinghe P, Salfinger S and Tan J.
International Journal of Gynaecological Pathology, 2013; 32(1): 38-43.
Antenatal Magnesium Sulphate For Fetal Neuroprotection Guideline, Cross Health Care Boundaries Maternity Clinical Guideline
ElHadidy A, Osman MW, Lee S and Thornton J.
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, 2012 Jun.
The Women’s Leads The Way With Laparoscopic Surgical Education
The Royal Women’s Hospital Clinical Practice Review, 2012 May.
Validation Of The FIGO 2009 Staging System For Carcinoma Of The Vulva
Tan J, Chetty N, Kondalsamy-Chennakesavan S, Crandon A, Garrett A, Land R, et al.
International Journal of Gynaecological Cancer: Official Journal of the International Gynaecological Cancer Society, 2012; 22(3), 498-502.
The Beauty of Single Incision Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
The Royal Women’s Hospital Clinical Practice Review, 2011 Oct.
Association Between Maternal Serum Cytokine Profiles At 710 Weeks' Gestation And Birth Weight In Small For Gestational Age Infants
Georgiou H M, Thio Y S, Russell C, Permezel M, Heng Y J, Lee S and Tong S.
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2011 May; 204(5): 415.e1-415.e12.
The Role Of Ultrasound In The Diagnosis And Management Of The Growth Restricted Fetus
Lee S and Walker S P.
Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, 2010 Aug; 13(3): 3136.
Use Of Gyrus PK Technology In Laparoscopic Hysterectomies
Korean Journal of Gynaecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2009; 21(2): 26-27.
Evolution Of The Complications Of Laparoscopic Hysterectomy After A Decade: A Follow Up Of The Monash Experience
Tan J, et al.
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2009; 49: 198-201.
Cervical Dilatation Catheter
Patent Publication, 2009: 782601 US, Europe and Asia.
The Prognostic Role Of Histopathological Tumour Response To Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy In High Grade Serous Ovarian Carcinoma
Behavioural Intervention In Endometrial Cancer Patients
Dr Sarah Hardcastle and Dr Paul Cohen.
Recollections Of Pre-Operative Discussions Regarding Sexual Function Of Women Who Have Undergone Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy
Non-Invasive Detection Of Early Stage Ovarian Cancer (NEO) Study
Dr Lisa Hui, Dr Paul Cohen, Professor Stephen Tong, Dr. Natalie Hannan, Dr Claire Whitehead and Dr Mark Pertile.
Does The Histological ‘Chemotherapy Effect’ In Ovarian Cancer Patients Treated With Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Predict Progression-Free And Overall Survival?
Dr. Edwina Coghlan, Dr Adeline Tan and Dr Paul Cohen.
The Somatic 402C>G FOXL2 Mutation In Ovarian Granulosa Cell Tumours: Does Homozygosity Confer A Greater Risk Of Recurrent Disease?
Dr Kerryn Garrett, Dr Marie Rye, Professor Colin Stewart and Dr Paul Cohen.
Immunological Biomarkers In Patients With Advanced Ovarian Cancer Treated With Systemic Chemotherapy
Dr Tarek Meniawy, Dr Colin Stewart, Dr Yee Leung, Dr Anna Nowak and Dr Melanie McCoy.
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy To Treat Fear Of Recurrence In Ovarian Cancer Survivors (FROCS): A Pilot Study
Dr Paul Cohen, Dr Toni Musiello, Associate Professor Kellie Bennett, Dr Suzie Brans and Dr Anna Petterson.
Sexual Healing: A Randomised, Controlled Trial On The Effect Of Pre-Operative Sexual Counselling On Sexuality And Quality Of Life After Risk-Reducing Salpingo-Oophorectomy
A Phase II Randomised Clinical Trial Of Mirena +/- Metformin +/- Weight Loss Intervention In Patients With Early Stage Cancer Of The Endometrium
A Phase III Randomised Clinical Trial Comparing Laparoscopic Or Robotic Radical Hysterectomy Versus Abdominal Radical Hysterectomy In Patients With Early Stage Cervical Cancer
Physiological And Disease Specific Characteristics Of Ovarian Cancer Survivors Christelle Schofield, Dr Stuart Salfinger, Dr Jason Tan and Dr G Raj Mohan.
Sexuality And Quality Of Life In Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-Sectional Study Dr Paige Tucker and Olivia Jarrett
Risk Of A Subsequent Primary Ovarian Cancer In Breast Cancer Patients: A Population-Based Cohort Study In Western Australia
A Qualitative Study Exploring Perceptions Of Health And Factors Influencing Physical Activity And Healthy Eating Among Endometrial Cancer Survivors
Screening for Sexual Health Concerns In Gynaecological Cancer Survivors
Dr Jason Tan, raised and educated in Perth, received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia in 1998. Thereafter, he completed six years of specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and was a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2007. He undertook further training and completed his fellowship in advanced gynaecological endoscopy at Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, in 2008.
Dr Tan trained further for three years to subspecialise in gynaecological oncology at Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne; Queensland Centre for Gynaecological Cancers, Brisbane; and Ariake Cancer Research Centre, Tokyo, Japan; and completed the gynaecological oncology subspecialty training in 2010. In addition to that, he completed his fellowship in upper gastrointestinal surgery and bariatric surgery, at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2011.
Dr Tan’s special interest is surgical management of cancer, particularly in radical debulking surgery, and he specialises in laparoscopic management of gynaecological cancer. He sees patients with cancers of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus, vulva and vagina. Besides that, he also sees patients with benign gynaecological conditions requiring complex surgery, such as severe endometriosis, fibroids and complex pelvic masses as well as investigation and management of abnormal Pap smears.
Dr Tan pioneered the robotic surgery for gynaecology and gynaecological oncology in Western Australia with the da Vinci System, further enhancing the legacy of minimally invasive surgery pioneered in Perth by the late Dr Tony McCartney. Robot assisted approach is advantageous in highly complicated procedures due to the better vision and dexterity, offered by the robotic instrumentation.
Dr Tan founded the WOMEN Centre, a leading multidisciplinary private centre for women’s health in Western Australia, in 2014. The specialists at WOMEN Centre provide a truly collaborative approach to patient care in order to ensure the best outcome possible and patients regaining their quality of life after treatment.
Besides his practice at WOMEN Centre, Dr Tan devotes his time to the public health service as consultant gynaecological oncologist at King Edward Memorial Hospital, which includes the teaching and training of medical trainees and junior doctors. He is also the current lead clinician for gynaecology and gynaecological oncology for the Western Australia Cancer and Palliative Care Network and a clinical senior lecturer at University of Notre Dame and University of Western Australia as well as preceptor at various surgical skills development workshops.
|2011||Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery and Bariatric Surgery – Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital|
|2010||Gynaecological Oncology Subspecialty, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (CGO)|
|2008||Fellowship in Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopy – Monash Medical Centre|
|2007||Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)|
|2005||Member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRANZCOG)|
|1998||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Western Australia (MBBS)|
Dr Tarek Meniawy manages all aspects of general medical oncology and also subspecialises in gynaecological malignancies, and melanoma. Besides his clinic at WOMEN Centre, Dr Meniawy devotes his time to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, King Edward Memorial Hospital and University of Western Australia as a clinical senior lecturer.
Dr Meniawy received his medical degree from Cairo University, Egypt; in 2000 and undertook postgraduate physician training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. He had further training in medical oncology at Royal Perth Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2011. He is a member of the Western Australia Gynaecological Cancer Service and the Western Australia Melanoma Advisory Service.
Dr Meniawy has a keen interest in research and is actively involved in clinical trials including early studies of novel therapies, and large international studies in gynaecological cancer and melanoma. He has a particular interest in tumour immunology and immunotherapy, which have resulted in major breakthroughs in cancer therapies in recent years.
In 2016, Dr Meniawy was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Western Australia for his studies on the effects of targeted anti-cancer therapies on the immune system. He is also an active member of the Australia and New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group, a not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to gynaecological cancer research.
|2016||Doctor of Philosophy – University of Western Australia (PhD)|
|2011||Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Medical Oncology)|
|2000||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Cairo University (MBBS)|
Dr Paul Cohen is a gynaecologist with special interests in gynaecological oncology and the management of menopausal symptoms in women who have undergone treatment for cancer (including breast, colorectal, haematological and gynaecological cancers).
Dr Cohen completed his medical degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, and subsequently undertook specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in Auckland, New Zealand. He was granted Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2010 and undertook full time research in the molecular biology of ovarian stromal tumours, for which he was awarded a Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Auckland in 2011. Thereafter, he undertook an additional three years of fellowship in gynaecologic oncology in Brisbane, Newcastle and Sydney, and relocated to Perth in 2013.
Dr Cohen currently works as a gynaecologist and a clinical senior lecturer at King Edward Memorial Hospital, and contributes his expertise to the Western Australia Gynaecological Cancer Service and the Menopausal Symptoms After Cancer Clinic, where he has been actively involved in research and teaching.
Dr Cohen is also the director of gynaecological cancer research at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, where he oversees a number of research projects and supervises undergraduate, Master and PhD students. He is an adjunct professor at the Institute for Health Research, University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.
More information here for gynaecological cancer research at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
|2011||Doctorate of Medicine – University of Auckland (MD)|
|2010||Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)|
|2002||Diploma Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology – University of Auckland (Dip Obs)|
|2001||Master of Arts in Physiological Sciences – University of Oxford (MA Oxon)|
|2000||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Oxford (BMBCh)|
|1997||Bachelor of Arts in Physiological Sciences – University of Oxford (BA)|
Dr Stephen Lee manages all aspects of general obstetrics and gynaecology, with special interests in advanced laparoscopic surgery, complex gynaecological problems and fertility.
Before relocating to Perth, Dr Lee completed a two-year laparoscopic gynaecology fellowship under the mentorship of Dr Catarina Ang, Head of Gynaecology 1 Unit at Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, an accredited training site of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES). During the fellowship, Dr Lee was able to perfect a wide range of minimally invasive gynaecology skills and was invited to speak at AGES and AAGL (American Association of Gynaecologic Laparoscopists) conferences to present his research.
Prior to his fellowship, Dr Lee completed basic obstetrics and gynaecology training at Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne. Subsequently, Dr Lee was a research fellow under the guidance of Associate Professor Sue Walker and Associate Professor Stephen Tong, at The Mercy Hospital for Women and University of Melbourne, investigating intrauterine growth restriction. Thereafter, he travelled to England to work as a clinical fellow in urogynaecology at Nottingham University Hospital under the supervision of Consultant Urogynaecologist Dr Paul Hooper.
Dr Lee devotes his time to the public health service as a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at King Edward Memorial Hospital. He is keen on improving the education and training of general practitioners, with an interest in women’s health, and budding obstetricians and gynaecologists.
Dr Lee earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Melbourne, and he is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. In his spare time, he likes to cycle, play tennis and practise Chinese martial art.
|2013||Master of Business Administration, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne|
|2012||Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG)|
|2010||Member of Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRANZCOG)|
|2007||Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne|
|2002||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Melbourne (MBBS)|
Dr Fred Busch manages all aspects of general obstetrics, including high-risk obstetrics, and gynaecology.
Dr Busch’s special interests in gynaecology include advanced laparoscopic surgery (including hysterectomy and endometriosis), hysteroscopic surgery, pelvic floor repair and incontinence surgery, menorrhagia management, and colposcopy.
Dr Busch received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He trained in the United Kingdom for paediatrics, ear nose and throat surgery, and obstetrics and gynaecology before relocating to Australia. He undertook the integrated obstetrics and gynaecology training program at King Edward Memorial Hospital and was granted Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2007.
|2001||Australian Medical Council Equivalency Examinations|
|2000||Diploma of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRANZCOG)|
|1993||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Stellenbosch (MBChB)|
Dr Su Hamid manages all aspects of general obstetrics up to 20 weeks of pregnancy and general gynaecology.
Dr Hamid’s special interests in gynaecology include colposcopy and management of abnormal Pap smear, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), fibroids, pelvic pain, incontinence (including urodynamics) and pelvic organ prolapse, menstrual problems, painful intercourse, post coital bleeding, post-menopausal bleeding, vulval conditions, gynaecological cancer assessment and diagnosis, family planning, infertility assessment, and menopause management.
Dr Hamid graduated with a first class honours in Bachelor of Medical Sciences in 1990 and Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in 1992, from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. She has been working in obstetrics and gynaecology since 1993 and was granted membership to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (United Kingdom) in 1998. She completed her Specialist Certificate of Training in Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in 2004 and obtained fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2008. After her move to Australia in 2003, she has worked in Perth, Melbourne and Geraldton. She is multilingual and can consult in Malay and English fluently.
Dr Hamid was born in Malaysia and moved to the United Kingdom where she studied and worked for 20 years before moving to Australia with her family; drawn by the quality of life and abundance of sunshine here. In her spare time, she enjoys working out in the gym and cycling.
|2004||Specialist Certificate of Training, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist|
|1998||Member of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG)|
|1992||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Nottingham (BM BS)|
|1990||Bachelor of Medical Sciences – University of Nottingham (B Med Sci)|
Dr Jeremy Tan completed his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at the University of Western Australia in 1999. He went on to undertake specialist training is general surgery and was awarded Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2007. He further subspecialises in upper gastrointestinal surgery and bariatric surgery after completing his fellowship for both at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2007.
Dr Tan attends obstetric and gynaecological operations where there may be concurrent surgical problems such as hernias or diseases that involve the bowel. He also contributes his expertise in gynaecological cancer surgery where the tumour deposits are in anatomical locations that require the expertise of a surgeon with extensive upper gastrointestinal surgical experience for a complete resection of tumour.
A joint approach gynaecological cancer surgery with Dr Tan facilitates the highest chance of optimal debulking with lower morbidity when the cancer require extensive surgical debulking in the upper abdomen. Dr Tan is also available for outpatient service such as vasectomy procedure at WOMEN Centre.
|2007||Fellowship in Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery and Bariatric Surgery – Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital|
|2007||Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)|
|1999||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Western Australia (MBBS)|
Dr Tim Pavy, after graduating from the University of Adelaide, trained extensively in anaesthesia and intensive care in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England and Canada. He settled in Perth, in 1987, and is one of the key medical practitioners at King Edward Memorial Hospital, where he founded Australia’s first public Pelvic Pain Clinic in 2008.
Dr Pavy became a fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists in 2000. His particular interests, on which he has published extensively and lectured at national, and international level, include anaesthesia and pain relief for pregnant women, and persistent pelvic pain.
|1988||Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FANZCA)|
|1986||Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA)|
|1982||Diploma in Midwifery (Obstetrics) (Dip.Mid.COG)|
|1980||Diploma in Anaesthesia (DA)|
|1976||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Adelaide (MBBS)|
Dr Golledge has more than 25 years of consultant experience as a Physician in Infection Management and Clinical Microbiologist. He trained initially in medicine at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Royal Perth Hospital. He subsequently completed his microbiology training at Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fremantle Hospital.
Dr Golledge did advanced training in infectious diseases at the City Hospital and Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and since 1991 has been a consultant at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and also consults at St John Of God Subiaco Hospital, Hollywood Hospital and Bethesda Hospital.
Dr Golledge was instrumental in setting up the inaugural Infectious Diseases Service at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and was also responsible for the Western Australia’s first Hospital In The Home Service through Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
|2011||Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)|
|2001||Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)|
|2000||Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine (FRSTM)|
|1995||Fellow of the Australian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM)|
|1991||Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (FRCPA)|
|1990||Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H)|
|1980||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – University of Queensland (MBBS)|
|1977||Bachelor of Medical Science (BSc Med)|
Dr Lesley Ramage has more than 25 years of experience in women’s health as a general practitioner. She obtained her medical degree from Leeds University in the United Kingdom and completed her postgraduate general practitioner training in 1986.
Dr Ramage has worked in general practice since moving to Australia with her family in 1993. Since 2007, she has also held an appointment at King Edward Memorial Hospital where she consults in menopause and menopause symptoms after cancer clinics. She is actively involved in the teaching and training of medical undergraduates and doctors.
Dr Ramage holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Women’s and has been an invited speaker at a number of educational events. She regularly attends local, national and international scientific meetings to keep up to date with new developments in the field of women’s health.
Dr Ramage’s special interests include family planning and the management of menopause (both natural and following a diagnosis of cancer). She performs Pap smears and sexual health screening and provides osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease risk assessments.
|2006||Postgraduate Diploma in Women’s Health (PGDip Women’s Health)|
|1986||Family Planning Certificate|
|1986||Royal College of General Practice United Kingdom (RCGP)|
|1983||Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Leeds University (MBChB)|
Dr Paige Tucker completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and Applied Statistics at Murdoch University in 2005 before completing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery with Honours at The University of Western Australia in 2011. She has a strong interest in gynaecological oncology research and is currently undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy at Notre Dame University.
Dr Tucker has worked for three years as a surgical resident medical officer at Fremantle Hospital and St John of God Subiaco Hospital. She works at WOMEN Centre as a clinical and surgical assistant to Dr Jason Tan.
Paula has more than 17 years of experience in clinical psychology and assists patients who face psychological issues during diagnosis, treatment and recovery. With her specialist knowledge in psycho-oncology, Paula’s contribution to the multidisciplinary treatment approach at WOMEN Centre facilitates the best possible outcome for patients who may face unexpected psychological distress and challenges.
Paula had extensive training in a broad range of psychotherapy and provides psychotherapy for adults experiencing personal and interpersonal problems. She has developed a specialized knowledge and experience with patients diagnosed with cancer and receiving treatment for cancer. She would find an approach that suits the individual and their issue in a collaborative and respectful manner.
Paula has worked in both the private and public health services and was previously a senior clinical psychologist at the Breast Cancer Clinical Psychology Service at Royal Perth Hospital. She also contributed her expertise and time at the Community Mental Health Clinics and Child, and Adolescent Mental Health Services.
Paula received her bachelor’s degree from Murdoch University in 1979, Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Curtin University in 1994 and Master of Psychology (Clinical) from University of Western Australia in 1998. She is a member of the Psychology Board of Australia and Australian Psychological Society.
Helena works with patients on their sexual concerns and needs through individually focused assessment and provides practical and informational support to feelings of intimacy and sexual confidence for women and their partners.
Helena’s goal of sexual and intimacy based counselling is for patients to feel empowered by discovering new or different possibilities, and ways of reducing the impact of cancer-related illness and treatment on sexual self-esteem. Patients will experience increased self-confidence and improved body image, and realistic hopefulness in their relationships with self and others.
Helena has extensive experience in the area of women’s cancer care with an established career as a specialist cancer and breast nurse with special interest in issues related to sexual functioning and intimacy for women and men, who have undergone treatment for cancer. She was the inaugural rural specialist breast nurse in the South West with the Cancer Council Western Australia prior to her role of cancer nurse coordinator with the Western Australia Cancer and Palliative Care Network. She has also worked for many years with the Menopausal Symptoms after Cancer Clinic at King Edward Memorial Hospital and the organization, Sexuality, Education, Consultancy and Counselling Agency (SECCA).
Helena’s special interest and expertise also include supporting women to manage pelvic pain related to sexual intimacy, with issues including pain on sexual intercourse, vaginismus and vulvodynia. She works collaboratively with other health professionals in this area to assist patients.
Helena received her Diploma of General Nursing from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 1983, Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing) from Edith Cowan University in 1997, Specialist Breast Nurse Certificate from Edith Cowan University in 2002, Post Graduate Diploma (Sexology) from Curtin University in 2009 and Post Graduate Diploma (Counselling) from Notre Dame University in 2013.
Sarah provides genetic counselling to help patients to understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. Sarah works in conjunction with a clinical geneticist to provide patients with optimal care.
Sarah’s main professional interest is in clinical genetics, particularly familial cancer. She also has experience in prenatal, paediatric and adult genetics. She currently works in the public healthcare sector as a genetic counsellor at Genetic Services of Western Australia (based at King Edward Memorial Hospital), and holds weekly clinics at WOMEN Centre.
After completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours at the University of Western Australia in 2003, Sarah worked in genetic research in Perth, and later in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. Since completing postgraduate genetic counselling studies at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, in 2005, she has worked as genetic counsellor in Perth and Sydney, and gained invaluable experience through volunteer work at the University of Colorado’s Hereditary Cancer Clinic while living in the United States.
In Western Australia, genetic counselling has not been available through the private healthcare sector prior to the establishment of the clinic at WOMEN Centre. Sarah is very pleased to be able to work in both the public and private settings, providing genetic counselling to a diverse group of Western Australians.
Kealy runs the pre and post-operative education classes and provides physiotherapy consultation. She has developed a special interest in women’s health as it encompasses aspects of both her nursing and physiotherapy backgrounds, providing her with a unique skill set and approach to educating and treating clients.
Prior to completing her physiotherapy studies, Kealy was a registered nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital after graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) in 2006.
Kealy is currently undertaking a Master of Physiotherapy (Clinical) specialising in continence and women’s health. She currently holds a Master of Science (Physiotherapy).
Christelle has more than 15 years clinical experience in exercise physiology. She grew up, studied and worked in South Africa before moving to Australia with her family in 2012.
Christelle has a passion for educating people about the importance of exercise for improved physical and mental health, and wellbeing. She provides private consultations to women who need guidance and motivation to incorporate the most appropriate exercise into their lives.
Christelle aims to educate women on the importance of regular, appropriate exercise to help prevent or manage chronic diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, hypertension and musculoskeletal injuries. She also uses her training an experience as Pilates teacher to advise on correct posture and breathing, and to provide exercises for muscle weakness, limited mobility and chronic pain.
Christelle has a strong interest in gynaecological oncology and is currently undertaking a master’s degree in exercise and science at the Edith Cowan University. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Human Movement Science) from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa in 1992.
Melanie supports the doctors by providing hands-on clinical care and is responsible for clinical based procedures and activities. She also administers research and audits to enable improvement of service and delivery of patient care.
Melanie is a qualified clinical midwife and a clinical research nurse for the Western Australia Gynaecological Cancer Service.
Jackie supports the doctors by providing hands-on clinical care and is responsible for clinical based procedures and activities. She has extensive experience in gynaecologic oncology and general surgical nursing.
Jackie is also currently a clinical nurse and ward nurse at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
Maria supports the doctors by providing hands-on clinical care and is responsible for clinical based procedures and activities. She also assists with outpatient service’s procedures that are performed under local anaesthesia. Additionally, Maria manages the nurse team while developing and maintaining safety protocols to ensure best practice and consistent patient outcomes.
Maria brings with her a wealth of experience as a perioperative nurse in well-established hospitals in the Perth Metropolitan area and has worked in King Edward Memorial Hospital for more than 13 years, of which, more than 11 years as an invaluable member of the operating theatre. She has held the position of clinical nurse in theatre at King Edward Memorial Hospital for the last seven years and was also the clinical nurse specialist there with responsibility for clinical management of a department, leading the nurse team and promoting clinical standards, and quality of care.
She is currently enrolled in Diploma of Management, Certificate in Nursing Education with the Notre Dame University and a holder of Diploma of Health (Perioperative Nursing), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and Hospital Life Support Assessor Course.
Samantha supports the reception, and she is responsible for the administration of patients’ appointments and enquiries, and other general administration duties.
Samantha has over 10 years of experience in the medical industry. She enjoys spending quality time with her two daughters and husband, and watching theatre and ballet performances.
Annie supports the reception, and she is responsible for the administration of patients’ appointments and enquiries, and other general administrative duties.
Annie has worked at WOMEN Centre since its inception on a part-time basis. In her spare time, she enjoys renovating her old home, and likes to take long walks in the bush.
Barbara manages the reception, and she is responsible for the management of patients’ appointments, enquiries and scheduling, and general administration.
Barbara has more than five years of experience in reception and practice administration in medical centres. She also has more than seven years of experience with the gynaecological oncology and colposcopy departments at King Edward Memorial Hospital. Her strong interests in medical services were born of her training as a medic with the New Zealand Army.
Barbara spends her leisure time on gardening, walking, swimming, visiting local wineries in the Perth Hills, boating on the river, and spending time with family and friends.
Tammy manages WOMEN Centre’s general and functional administration, and is responsible for the smooth overall operation of the centre on a day-to-day basis.
Tammy has more than 19 years of cumulative work experience in a medical practice’s reception and administration, from a general practitioner to a medical specialist setup. For the last 10 years, she has taken on increasing responsibilities that sees her managing general and functional administration.
Tammy is instrumental in the inception of WOMEN Centre and continues to play a key role in its administration. Tammy enjoys playing softball, reading, or playing the bagpipes in her free time.
Jun maintains the information systems, software and hardware to ensure that day-to-day operations run smoothly at WOMEN Centre.
Jun is one the centre’s pioneers and has more than 15 years of experience as a software engineer with responsibility for programming, database and network management. He also develops medical applications for computer and mobile device. He plays the drums, guitar, billiards, and computer games, for recreation.
Huey Lih is responsible for business strategy, planning and execution as well as corporate communications, public relations and branding.
Huey Lih has more than 15 years of cumulative experience in senior management, corporate affairs, marketing and advertising from the banking, media and pharmaceutical industries. Prior to WOMEN Centre, she was the head of corporate affairs at Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD) in Malaysia.
Huey Lih holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in management and marketing from Curtin University in Perth. She enjoys scuba diving, alpine skiing, horseback riding and playing tennis during her downtime.
|1.||Hereditary Gynecologic cancers - David Mutch, Lynette Denny, Michael Quinn; for the FIGO Committee on Gynecologic Oncology|
|2.||ACOG Clinical Management Guidelines For Obstetrician-Gynecologists Number 89, January 2008 Elective and Risk-Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy|
|3.||What I wish I’d known before surgery: BRCA carriers’ perspectives after bilateral salipingo-oophorectomy Danielle Campfield Bonadies, Anne Moyer, Ellen T. Matloff|
|4.||Cancer Australia - Population screening and early detection of ovarian cancer in asymptomatic women 2013-10-24|
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