Patient Care Units
Maternal Fetal Medicine Service(MFMS)
Welcome to The Maternal Fetal Medicine Service (MFMS) of the Women's and Children's Hospital which is a multi-disciplinary service with a diverse medical and midwifery faculty providing expert diagnosis, ongoing surveillance and discerning management for women whose pregnancies are significantly complicated by maternal and/or fetal conditions.
The Antenatal Diagnosis and Counselling Service (ADACS), which is under the umbrella of the MFMS, has a specific role in the diagnosis and management of fetal conditions during pregnancy. This service, which is heavily dependent on our Radiological colleagues and Obstetric experts in Ultrasound, includes referral to all Paediatric specialties including Neonatology, Surgery and Cardiology, other related disciplines including Genetics and Paramedical specialties for initial counselling and where appropriate ADACS and the MFMS facilitate the transition for ongoing care once the baby has been born.
The MFMS has the distinction of being the Tertiary Maternal Fetal Medicine Service referral service not only for South Australia but also for western NSW, western Victoria and the Northern Territory.
It is also the only Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) recognized MFMS in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Members of the MFMS are affiliated with the School of Reproductive Health and Paediatrics of the University of Adelaide and with the prestigious research centre, The Robinson Institute.
In addition to important links interstate, particularly with the Mater Hospital in Brisbane and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, the MFMS is also in communication internationally with MFM Departments in New Zealand, Canada, and the United States of America and has a unique collaboration with three MFM centres in Indonesia.
Since its establishment as a stand alone clinical entity in July 2012 the MFMS has been able to provide an improved service provision with currently over 500 patient contacts per month.
Second Opinion Scan Requests
All requests for Second Opinion Scans are to be faxed to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service on 08 8161 9264.
MFM will review all requests and images.
Referrers will be contacted with feedback within 48 hours with a plan regarding ongoing management.
If a patient requires a Second Opinion Scan they will be contacted by the MFM service and provided with appointment details.
Please refer OACIS Clinical Summary for report following consultation.If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the MFM Registrar via the WCHN Hospital switchboard on 08 8161 7000.
Pre-pregnancy and Post-pregnancy Counselling
Screening and Diagnosis Procedures
Invasive Procedures and Treatment
Counselling and Referral
We welcome referrals from family practitioners, Fellows of RANZCOG and other specialties and we are committed to working closely with you and providing an excellent service for your patients.
For patients attending the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital we extend a warm welcome and look forward to serving you, your partner and your yet to be born child to the very best of our ability.
Dr Peter Muller
Midwife Tina Bode
Maternal Fetal Medicine Service Personnel
Dr Peter Muller
Staff Specialist (Obstetrics)
Dr Muller trained in the United States (North Carolina) and Australia (Adelaide)
He has extensive international links particularly with several MFM Units in the USA (Member of Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine).
In addition to his considerable patient care load, he has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students, W&CH Trainee Medical Officers, RANZCOG Trainees and CMFM Subspecialty Trainees.
His endeavours in research include 31 publications in refereed journals, numerous invited lectureships and as an ANZJOG Manuscript reviewer.
His personal expertise in ultrasound has enabled him to bridge the gap between Radiologists and Ultra-sonologists to organise dedicated ultrasound training for RANZCOG Trainees, CMFM Subspecialists, COGU Subspecialists and Ultra-sonographers.
Whilst Dr Muller has a broad range of interests in Maternal Fetal Medicine his primary focus is on fetal surveillance for complex multiple pregnancies, the diagnosis of congenital abnormalities and fetal red cell allo-immunization.
Dr Chris Wilkinson
Director of MFM Service
Dr Wilkinson trained in Australia (Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide) and the United Kingdom (Glasgow).
He has extensive international links including the UK, NZ and Indonesia.
In addition to his considerable patient care load, he has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students (University of Adelaide), Women’s & Children’s Hospital Trainee Medical Officers and RANZCOG Trainees in his role of RANZCOG Training Supervisor.
He is a member of the RANZCOG Board of Examiners for both the MRANZCOG and Certificate of Maternal Fetal Medicine (CMFMS) Examinations.
His endeavours in research include 48 publications in peer reviewed medical journals, collaborating author of a further 6 major articles, manuscript reviewer, supervision of a PhD student and 4 subspecialty CMFMS Trainees and numerous presentations at international meetings.
He has obtained almost $1 million in research grants for clinical research projects, a number of which are ongoing.
Dr Wilkinson’s research focus is on evidence based improvements in obstetric care including caesarean section practice, outpatient day care, differing methods of outpatient induction of labour and fetal surgery and a randomised trial of STan intrapartum fetal monitoring system.
Professor Jodie Dodd
Professor, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
University of Adelaide
Professor Dodd trained in Australia (Adelaide) and Canada (Toronto)
She has extensive national and international links including research and clinical collaborations across Europe, United Kingdom and Indonesia.
In addition to her extensive patient care load, she has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students, Trainee Medical Officers, RANZCOG Trainees, CMFMS Subspecialty trainees and is a direct supervisor of 20 research staff and students.
She has organised the compulsory research projects for numerous RANZCOG Trainees and has encouraged and supervised a number of them to proceed to PhD and MD qualifications.
Her endeavours in research include 28 research grants totalling over $13 million of funding, publication of 9 book chapters, 85 publications in refereed medical journals and 73 presentations at national and international meetings.
She is the recipient of numerous local, national, RANZCOG and international awards and is a much sought after referee and reviewer of a number of medical journals.
Whilst Professor Dodd has a wide range of interests in Maternal Fetal Medicine her research emphasis is on Maternal Obesity and its relationship to poor pregnancy outcomes – a subject of which she is a recognised world authority.
Dr Rosalie Grivell
Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide
Dr Grivell trained in Australia (Adelaide) and has extensive national and international links including the Perinatal Society Australia and New Zealand, The Association for the Study of Medical Education as well as with Northern European centres and Indonesia.
In addition to her considerable patient load she has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students, Trainee Medical Officers and RANZCOG Trainees in her capacity as SA&NT Training and Accreditation Chair and more recently as a Councillor of RANZCOG.
She is a direct supervisor of RANZCOG Trainees compulsory research projects and has encouraged 14 trainees to publish Cochrane Systematic Reviews whilst she is the supervisor for 13 post graduate students.
Her commitment to research includes successful funding of over $4 million for clinical research projects, publication of 5 book chapters and 13 papers in refereed medical journals and 50 published abstracts as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. She is the recipient of numerous local, national, RANZCOG and international awards.
Whilst Dr Grivell has a broad range of interests in Maternal Fetal Medicine she has more recently focussed on fetal growth, induction of labour and caesarean section techniques.
Associate Professor John Svigos AM
Associate Professor, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,
University of Adelaide
Associate Professor Svigos trained in Australia (Adelaide) and in the Republic of South Africa (Cape Town)
He has extensive national and international links including RANZCOG (recipient of the President’s Medal), Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, Southern India (recipient of the Dr Ida Scudder Medal),USA (Past President International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, Member SMFMS) and Indonesia (Universities of Udayana, Air Langga and Brawijaya)
In addition to his considerable patient load he has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students, Trainee Medical Officers and RANZCOG Trainees in his capacity on the Board of Examiners and Advisor to the RANZCOG Reaccreditation Program.
His commitment to research includes the publishing of 8 book chapters, 60 publications in refereed medical journals and invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings. He serves on the Editorial Board of three international journals and is a reviewer for ANZJOG and BJOG.
He has raised AusAID funding to facilitate the rotation through Adelaide’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the Lyell McEwin Hospital for 6 MFM Trainees from Indonesia.
His special interests within Maternal Fetal Medicine include trans-abdominal cervical cerclage and complex vaginal births (twins, breech, rotational forceps) per the Birth Master Class Workshops he convenes nationally.
Dr Mark Morton
Senior Staff Consultant Physician in Obstetric Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital
In addition to his considerable patient load Dr Morton is dedicated to the teaching of Medical students, Trainee Medical Officers and RACP Trainees sub-specialising in Obstetric Medicine. He is also an Examiner of the RACP Clinical Examinations.
Dr Morton trained in Australia (Adelaide) and has extensive national and international links through his leadership roles in SOMANZ and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand.
He is currently on the Specialist Advisory Committee in General and Acute Care Medicine of the RACP, where he has established a program of Obstetric Medicine training in conjunction with the Society of Obstetric Medicine (SOMANZ).
His commitment to research includes Senior Invstigator roles in 4 clinical trials, publication of 7 papers in refereed medical journals, co-authored book chapters, and invited speaker at 10 national scientific meetings and multiple local meetings.
Dr Morton has been instrumental in pioneering the role of the Obstetric Physician in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatology and their significant contribution to the enhanced outcomes for mothers with pre-existing medical conditions and for those who develop medical complications during their pregnancies.
MFM Midwifery Unit Manager
Tina Bode is the MFM Service Clinical Services Coordinator with extensive experience in counselling MFM patients and providing a friendly point of contact.
She provides continuity of MFM care for patients with her skilful liaison with a variety of referring medical groups and individuals in addition to her midwifery colleagues.
Her previous role as the Multiple Birth Coordinator has been particularly helpful in managing those women with complicated multiple pregnancies which comprise a significant number of MFM patients.
Tina Bode has a strong commitment to professional development, clinical teaching and continuing education not only for her midwifery colleagues but also in Parent Education.
She continues to participate in clinical research in an important and critical supportive role as well as providing links with interstate MFM centres and with the MFMS collaboration with Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali.
Kathy Lynch is the MFM Associate Midwifery Unit Manager. She has an academic background in addition to her clinical midwifery experience.
She has worked as a District Midwife and in private obstetric hospitals in Adelaide thus making her ideally placed to seamlessly facilitate the post hospital care of our MFM patients and their babies with their often complex needs.
Her academic background enables her to take the lead in patient counselling, midwifery education and clinical research projects in addition to her daily duties of midwifery care and multidisciplinary liaison.
Her teamwork with Tina Bode provides an enviable standard of patient focussed care which is the hallmark of the MFM Service.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Service
Maternal Fetal Medicine Service
Phone: (08) 8161 9263 - Reception
(08) 8161 8455 - Tina Bode (MFMS Coordinator)
Fax: (08) 8161 9264