Our Team

Dr Ryan Hodges
Interim Program Director of Women’s & Newborn and Monash Health Head of Obstetrics 
Ryan believes it is important to optimise his patients’ health during pregnancy to ensure their newborns have the best start to life. Ryan completed his obstetric and gynaecology training at Monash Medical Centre and his PhD in fetal therapy and stem cell biology at Monash University. After completing his PhD, Ryan was awarded an NHMRC grant to study in utero surgery in Belgium. He was then invited to undertake training in maternal fetal medicine certification at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. He is a surgeon with the Victorian Fetal Therapy Service, providing in utero laser surgery for complicated monochorionic twins.

In his role as Head of Perinatal Services at Monash Health, Ryan lead the high-risk pregnancy program caring for mothers with severe health problems, babies with abnormalities or growth problems, multiple pregnancies and babies requiring in utero fetal therapy and surgery.

Prof Christine East
Professor of Midwifery - Maternity Services RN, RM, DipApplSc(Clin Nurs), BApplSc(Nurs), Grad Cert Heatlh Studies, Grad Cert Univ Teaching, MMedSc, PhD Chris' appointment to Monash University and Monash Health represents a unique model linking university and hospital midwifery. Chris' career encompasses clinical midwifery, research and university teaching / higher degree supervision. Ongoing research projects include fetal welfare surveillance, pregnancy care and systematic reviews of evidence, with significant competitive grant support. She also supervises a number of research higher degree candidates. Since joining Monash Health in early 2012, Chris has provided leadership in clinical governance and represented midwifery at executive nursing and midwifery level. Her vision for Monash Health midwifery is to integrate education, research and clinical services, with all activities having a woman-centred focus.

Kerrie Papacostas

Midwifery Coordinator | Monash Health. Kerrie is responsible for supporting maternity clinical governance, strategy, planning and midwifery practice standards. Kerrie has experience as a clinical midwife in numerous hospitals over a 35 year career including; Monash Medical Centre, Moorabbin, Dandenong, Benalla and Sale. She was Midwifery Manager of the Moorabbin 'GP Midwife Unit' for over a decade, and the Moorabbin Birth Centre 1998 until 2003. Kerrie is a member of many committees and has chaired the Monash Health Maternity Guideline Development Committee for the past 10 years. In 2012 she received the Southern Health Midwifery Award – Leadership achievement. Kerrie's passion is supporting informed choices for women; improving continuity of care and carer and evidence informed practice. She has been an integral leader in the development and implementation of the new maternity service directions.

 Karen Sawyer
 Clinical Midwife Consultant | Practice Enhancement. Karen Sawyer RM RN BA (Hons) Midwifery Practice Dip HE (Nursing Studies) University of York Originally trained in different facilities in North Yorkshire and following registration worked predominately in gynaecology services before becoming a midwife. Karen moved to Australia early in February 2005 and initially worked in the private sector. Karen's employment with Monash Health commenced in December 2006 as a midwife, clinical coach midwifery and then Associate Unit Manager. This new position will facilitate staff development in the team structures and demonstrate the highest possible level of woman-centred care within a multi-disciplinary framework. The aim is to support team leaders and educators to harness and nurture enthusiasm for midwives to safely practice across the full scope of practice.

Fiona Connell 
Amethyst Team | Midwifery Team Leader.
Fiona has been a registered nurse since 1980, completing her general nursing training at the West Gippsland Hospital Warragul. She worked as a nurse in Intensive Care in London at St Thomas's and Epworth, in Richmond.
Following completion of her midwifery at the Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne in 1986, she undertook an Advanced Diploma of Health Science as a Paramedic. Since 1995 she has been a midwife at Monash Health, being appointed to Midwifery Team Leader in December 2014.
Throughout this time she has have had the pleasure of providing care to women, their babies and families. Fiona is committed to ensuring women receive the best possible care. She lives in the eastern suburbs with her husband and two children.


Robyn Fisken
Emerald Team | Midwifery Team Leader.  Grad Dip Midwifery, Master of Nursing Science Robyn has been employed as a midwife since 1979,and has been working in the Birth Centre since 1984 (at Queen Vic; MMC Moorabbin and MMC Clayton). She became Unit Manager of the Primary Midwifery Care Teams in July 2007 and Unit Manager of Women's Health Outpatients in July 2012. Robyn has co-authored an information booklet for health professionals on the detection and management of blood born viruses in pregnancy 2011.

Ros Minissale
Topaz Team | Midwife Team Leader. Ros has had a comprehensive 30 years of midwifery practice, which includes 9 years at Monash Health working as an Midwife Advanced Standing within the Primary Care team.  She is passionate towards women centred care and providing continuity care.

Dr Ravi Kashyap
Topaz Team | Medical Team Leader - MBBS, FRANZCOG Obtained MBBS Monash University 1989. Worked at Monash Medical Centre from 1990 to 1994. Obtained training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Royal Women's Hospital from 1995 to 1998. Spent one year in further training at The National Maternity Hospital, Holles St, Dublin in 1999 before returning to Monash as Senior Registrar in 2000.Obtained FRANZCOG in 2001 and since then has worked in private practice in South East suburbs. Ravi has spent 4 years as treasurer and 2 years as chairman of the Victorian Regional committee of RANZCOG. He has been the senior consultant in the Wednesday antenatal clinic for the last 10 years and has been the lead consultant for the ECV (external cephalic version) clinic for the last 5 years. Ravi has remained active in student teaching through mentoring, lecturing and examining 4th year students. He was also on the organising committee of the RANZCOG ASM in Melbourne in 2012.


Dr John Regan
Opal Team | Medical Team Leader. 
John obtained his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1991 after training at Monash Medical Centre, Victoria and at Pembury Hospital, Kent, UK. Following completion of his training, he was appointed as a consultant Obstetrician at Monash Medical Centre and also commenced private practice in Obstetrics and Gynaecology He has been involved with the diabetic clinic at Monash Medical Centre since that time, and has been head of the unit over the past 9 years. He also continues to have an active private practice in both Obstetrics and Gynaecology, delivering at Monash Medical Centre and Cabrini Hospital in Melbourne. John has also been Chair of the craft group of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at Cabrini over the past 6 years.

John has been involved in College affairs for over 20 years. He was the first trainee representative on RANZCOG council and, upon completion of his training, he was elected to the Victorian Regional Committee where he served in various capacities over 6 years, including Chairman for 2 years. He is currently in his second term as a Councillor on the RANZCOG Federal Council currently serving as deputy treasurer and deputy chair of the CPD committee as well as deputy chair of the Specialist International Medical Graduates committee. He also serves as the RANZCOG representative on other various committees.

In the past, John has been chairman of the organizing committee of the Annual Scientific Meeting of RANZCOG when it was held in Melbourne in 2000, and has been in charge of Obstetric and Gynaecology training at Monash Medical Centre. Over the past 6 years John has been Chair of the craft group of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists at Cabrini Hospital.
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