Clinical Advisory Committee
Professor Jason Abbott
Medical Director, Endometriosis Australia
Dr Jason Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales having undertaken his PhD in surgical treatments for Endometriosis associated pain. He is currently President of The Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) and a member of the FIGO menstrual disorders group. He is the International Editor for the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology and Associate Editor for Human Reproduction and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is the Chairman of the Practice Committee of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology. He has more than 100 publications including text-books, book chapters and large-scale Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs) in gynaecological surgery and supervises PhD, masters and honours students in the area of gynaecological surgery.
Dr Sofie Piessens,
MD, FRANZCOG, DDU, COGU
Dr Sofie Piessens is a Belgian trained Obstetrician Gynaecologist. After migrating to Australia in 1999, she completed O&G Ultrasound subspecialty training (COGU) at Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne. She is a consultant at the Imaging department at Monash Health in Melbourne and also works in private practice at Camberwell Ultrasound for Women, City Imaging Ultrasound for women and Women’s Ultrasound Malvern. Her special interest is gynaecological ultrasound, particularly the non-invasive diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis. In 2009 she went as the first Australian specialist to Brazil to learn from Manuel Goncalves and Mauricio Abrao how to diagnose deep infiltrating endometriosis with transvaginal ultrasound and published the Australian results in the ANZJOG. She is passionate about raising awareness and improving the diagnosis of deep infiltrating endometriosis among the wider imaging community through workshops and online tutorials.
A/Prof Anusch Yazdani,
MBBS (Hons) FRANZCOG CREI
Anusch is a graduate of the University of Queensland (MBBS Hons) and completed his specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRANZCOG) in Brisbane. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive pelvic surgery in Sydney in 2000 and then subspecialized in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, completing the Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) in 2006. Anusch is the Director of Eve Health Australia, a private women’s health centre. Anusch is a Visiting Medical Officer to the Royal Brisbane and Women's, the Mater Misericordiae and the Greenslopes Hospitals, Associate Professor to the University of Queensland and President of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES Society). He is Federal Counsellor to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and Director of Clinical Research and Development of the QFG Research Foundation. Anusch is the Program Director for the Queensland Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Advanced Endoscopic Surgery Training specialist training programmes. He is widely published and lectures nationally and internationally. Anusch has a special interest in endometriosis, minimally invasive and microsurgery, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, assisted reproduction (including IVF) and reproductive endocrinology.
Dr Erin Nesbitt-Hawes,
B Med(Hons), FRANZCOG
Dr Erin Nesbitt-Hawes is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in laparoscopic surgery and endometriosis. She has completed an Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society (AGES) accredited laparoscopic fellowship under the tutelage of Associate Professor Jason Abbott, is a director of Alana Healthcare for Women and also works at the Royal Hospital for Women in Randwick. Erin has a strong interest in clinical research and is currently completing her PhD at UNSW in the application of three and four-dimensional ultrasound of the pelvic floor for women with pelvic pain. She is a conjoint lecturer at UNSW and enjoys teaching and training medical students and junior doctors. Erin has many publications in the field of gynaecology and has presented at both national and international conferences. Recently her work was awarded the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Clinical Fellow’s Research Scholarship.
A/Prof Lousie Hull,
BSc MBChB PhD FRANZCOG CREI
Associate Professor M. Louise Hull is a gynaecologist and reproductive medicine specialist who founded the Endometriosis Research Group at the Robinson Research Institute at The University of Adelaide, having completed a PhD in endometriosis at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her group specialises in understanding the biological basis of endometriosis, investigating non-invasive diagnostic tests for endometriosis, identifying new ways of treating endometriosis and undertaking pharmaceutical trials. They have national and international collaborations with other endometriosis researchers, pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Louise is an International Ambassador for the World Endometriosis Society, a member of the Faculty of 1000 and was an Associate Editor for Human Reproduction. She is the Chair of the research committee for the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopic Society and sits on several grant committees and medical advisory boards. Louise presents on endometriosis at international and national conferences, publishes widely and mentors PhD and medical students. Associate Professor Hull sees endometriosis patients with fertility problems at Fertility SA, an IVF unit in Adelaide. She also sees young women with endometriosis and pelvic pain at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide.
Dr Michael Wynn-Williams,
Dr Michael Wynn-Williams is an endometriosis specialist with extensive experience in minimally invasive pelvic surgery. He favours a multidisciplinary approach to managing complex endometriosis cases. Michael trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Christchurch, New Zealand, and it was here that he developed his interest in endometriosis management. Post-training, he undertook a two-year Fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery with A/Prof Alan Lam in Sydney. Michael backed up his sub-specialty training with a post-fellowship year in Glasgow, before completing a 2-year consultant post at Cambridge University NHS Trust, Addenbrookes Hospital. Sharing his knowledge and skills with the next generation of women’s health specialists, Michael taught and demonstrated advanced laparoscopic gynaecology surgery to doctors around the United Kingdom and Ireland. He continues to teach and demonstrate advanced laparoscopic surgery to gynaecologists around Australia and New Zealand. Michael is a co-founder and Director of Eve Health. He provides private surgical services at Mater Private, St Andrews Private and the Wesley Private Hospitals. He provides Public surgery at the Mater and QEII Hospitals to complex cases from around Queensland, northern NSW and the Northern Territory. Michael is a Senior Lecturer with the University of Queensland. He provides fertility treatments through Queensland Fertility Group. Michael has his own Fellow he is training to perform advanced laparoscopic gynaecology surgery under the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery, two-year training program. Always striving to progress his learning and increase his ability to provide the best care for women, Michael has become qualified in the use of the Da Vinci Robotic surgical system. He has also developed an interest in the multidisciplinary management of chronic pelvic pain including the use of Botox for the treatment of pelvic floor hypertonic disorders.
Dr Danny Chou,
FRANZCOG, MRCOG, MBBS
St George Private Hospital - Sydney, NSW Endometriosis Surgery
Dr Danny Chou is a Specialist Gynaecologist specialising in advanced laparoscopic gynaecological surgery. His special interests include severe endometriosis, difficult hysterectomy, laparoscopic removal of large and multiple fibroids and complex prolapse surgery. Dr Danny Chou is Director of Sydney Women’s Endosurgery Centre and is constantly involved in training and research in the field of advanced laparoscopic gynaecological surgery. He is a lecturer with University of New South Wales and is Visiting Medical Officer at St George Hospital, St George Private Hospital, Hurstville Private Hospital and Kareena Private Hospital.
Dr Geoffrey Reid,
MBBS, FRANZCOG, FRCOG
Dr Geoffrey Reid is a Gynaecologist with a special interest in endometriosis and infertility. Geoff is unique in providing both advanced surgical care and IVF for patients with endometriosis and has been caring for couples having problems conceiving for more than 25 years. His practice is located in the Sydney CBD, South-West Sydney & the Southern Highlands. He is an accredited doctor with Genea, and therefore able to provide a complete range of fertility and genetic services. Geoff has served as a lecturer with the University of NSW and Director of Gynaecological Endoscopy at Liverpool Hospital, NSW. He has also served as a Board Member with the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgical Society (AGES). He continues to provide post-graduate education with the Sydney Women’s Endosurgical Centre (SWEC), which run three laparoscopic surgical training courses each year that are attended by people from all around the world. Geoffrey has been an invited speaker and demonstration surgeon in many countries including China, the Czech Republic, India, Malaysia and Singapore. Geoffrey is a member of the World Endometriosis Society, the Indian Endometriosis Society, the American Association of Gynaecological Laparoscopists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the International Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy.
Professor Luk Rombauts
MD, PhD, FRANZCOG, CREI
Prof Rombauts is the inaugural Group Medical Director for Monash IVF Group, an international conglomerate of IVF units which performs more than 17,000 IVF treatments per year. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University and coordinates research in his role as Research Director of Monash IVF and as a Research Fellow at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. He has published over 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and his main research interests include endometriosis and embryo implantation. Prof Rombauts is the Vice-President of the Fertility Society of Australia. He was elected a Board Member of the World Endometriosis Society in 2008 and is the current President-elect. In 2011 He was appointed to the World Endometriosis Research Foundation Board of Trustees. His areas of clinical expertise include the management of male and female infertility, endoscopic surgery with a special interest for endometriosis, and reproductive microsurgery.
Ruth Schubert is a Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in pelvic health and pelvic pain. She works in private practice at Alana Healthcare for Women, in conjunction with Directors Professor Jason Abbott and Dr Erin Nesbitt-Hawes, where she treats women with complex pelvic pain. She has a strong belief that the Physiotherapy Profession has an important role to play in helping Women with endometriosis manage their symptoms and achieve their goals. Ruth is a passionate advocate for raising awareness and promoting research and education around endometriosis.
Professor Roger Hart
MD FRANZCOG FRCOG CREI
Roger is a graduate of the University of London (MBBS) and completed his specialisation in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK in 2002. He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive gynaecology in London in 1998, and was awarded MD from the University of London, then underwent sub specialisation training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, completing the UK certification in 2002. After migration to Australia, to take up an academic appointment with the University of Western Australia, he completed the Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) in 2007. Roger is Deputy Head of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Western Australia, the Medical Director of Fertility Specialists of Western Australia, a private infertility clinic, and the clinical lead for the public infertility service for Western Australia at King Edward Memorial Hospital. He is Chair of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), and chair of the research committee of the Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES Society). He has published over 200 publications and lectures nationally and internationally. Roger has a special interest in polycystic ovary syndrome, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, assisted reproduction (including IVF), endometriosis and reproductive endocrinology.
B. Phty (HONS) Grad. Dip. (CLINICAL REHAB)
M. Public Health
Alexandra Diggles is an advanced practice physiotherapist working at Eve Health in Brisbane. She was awarded the title of Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health by the Australian Physiotherapy Association in 2017 after peer-review of her skill across the lifespan in areas of paediatric incontinence, adolescent and adult pelvic pain, gynaecology and gynaecology and breast cancer surgery and rehabilitation.
Alexandra has worked in both public and private settings in lead roles for primary contact pelvic health clinics. She has completed post-graduate study in rehabilitation and has undertaken a Master’s in public health. She is a visiting lecturer at the Australian Catholic University and is actively involved in training and mentoring physiotherapists in women’s health, and international candidates in her role as an assessor for the Australian Physiotherapy Council. She is a current member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Queensland women’s, men’s and pelvic health committee.
She is passionate about improving care and access to care for women with Endometriosis and pelvic pain and a key element in her management is ensuring a complete and holistic plan that provides up-to-date treatment options. She has a keen interest in researching and promoting the role of multidisciplinary care for Endometriosis management.
Dr Mike Armour
BSc(Hons), BHSc(Acu), PhD
Dr Mike Armour is a post-doctoral research fellow at NICM Health Research Institute at Western Sydney University. Mike has a biomedical degree with honours from the University of Auckland, and is a qualified acupuncturist and Chinese medical herbalist. In 2016 he was awarded his PhD from Western Sydney University on the use of acupuncture to treat dysmenorrhea (period pain). Mike’s research focuses primarily on clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions for endometriosis and period pain, including acupuncture, herbal medicine and exercise. Mike has been one of the lead investigators on four randomised controlled trials in the area of endometriosis or period pain and as of early 2019 has published over 25 academic articles and book chapters on women’s health. Mike is a member of the advisory panel on endometriosis for The China-Australia International Research Centre for Chinese Medicine and a member of the Endometriosis Expert Working Group (EEWG) for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).