Our Team

A/Prof Ryan Hodges

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.

Dr John Regan

 | Maternity Team Leader | Medical

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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Nereda Hand

Amber Team | Maternity Team Leader | Midwifery 

Nereda has 28 years experience as a midwife with extensive experience within the field of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She has extensive experience in CTG interpretation, fetal surveillance and has previously been an educator with RANZCOG delivering the Fetal Surveillance Education program throughout Australia. She was involved with the redevelopment of the Birth Suite and the setting up of the Pregnancy Assessment Unit which has improved waiting times and work flow. Nereda also has a diploma of business Management to compliment her clinical skills. Nereda is committed to improving outcomes of women and their babies.

William Dolan

Clinical Midwife Consultant | Lactation Monash Health

Willie has worked in healthcare for the past 27 years and of which, 18 years have been in midwifery. Willie has specialised in low risk maternity care and lactation. He took up post at Monash Health in August 2011 and his role is to develop and improve lactation services across all of the three maternity sites.

Dr Christine Tippett

Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine | Monash Health
Amber Team | 
Maternity Team Leader | Medical

Lead Clinician of the Victorian Department of Health Maternity and Newborn Network (MNCN) and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University. Chris established the Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit at Monash Medical Centre and was in private Obstetric practice until June 2011, specialising in the management of high risk pregnancies in particular women with medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and renal disease. Chris is a past President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and has been a member of many Boards and Committees. She is currently a member of the Federal Governments Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), a member of the National Specialist International Medical Graduate Committee of the Medical Board of Australia, a member of the Victorian Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Mortality and Morbidity, Stillbirth Committee, and a board member of FIGO- The International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her contribution to Women’s Health

Prof Christine East

Professor of Midwifery | Maternity Services

Prof Christine East RN, RM, DipApplSc(Clin Nurs), BApplSc(Nurs), Grad Cert Health 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 | Maternity Team Leader | Midwifery

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 | Maternity Team Leader | Midwifery

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.