An all female Obstetric and Gynaecological practice
Dr Christine Manley - MBBS, FRANZCOG, DDU
Dr Christine Manley is a Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with a special interest in Ultrasound, who has personally delivered over 1,000 local Tasmanians. Chris obtained her primary medical degree from Adelaide University in 1984. She received further training in obstetrics, anaesthetics, emergency medicine and paediatrics at Princess Margaret Hospital for children, King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women and Sir Charles Gardner Hospital in WA before embarking on an early career in remote and rural medicine predominately in outback WA.
Chris spent 3 years doing emergency medicine working as a Flying Doctor with the Royal Flying Doctor Service servicing the mining, aboriginal and remote communities.
After realising that Obstetrics and Gynaecology was her calling, Chris undertook specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women in Perth, WA.
Chris moved to Launceston with her young family in 2000, fell in love with Tasmania and stayed. Since then she has worked in both the public and private sectors at Calvary Hospital and as a Visiting Medical Officer at Launceston General Hospital.
Chris has enjoyed the varied practice of general and high-risk obstetrics and gynaecology in Launceston and more recently has undertaken advanced training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ultrasound obtaining her Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound from the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine in 2011. This has enabled Chris to provide a tertiary level ultrasound service and invasive prenatal testing (amniocentesis and CVS) in Launceston. Chris now runs a private specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology ultrasound practice providing scans at all stages of pregnancy and is an examiner in ultrasound for the Royal Australian & New Zealand college of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
Chris has broad gynaecological experience providing care for women of all ages. Chris is a certified colposcopist and can manage all pap smear abnormalities, as well as offering treatment of menstrual disorders with either IUDs or endometrial ablation and hysterectomies. Chris is also able to offer surgical and non-surgical options for prolapse including pelvic floor repair, infertility investigation and management, and laparoscopy for investigation and management of infertility and ovarian cysts.
Chris’s aim is to provide the highest level of care for all her patients. She feels privileged to have provided pregnancy and delivery care for high and low-risk patients since arriving in Launceston. Her aim is to provide a safe delivery and positive birth experience to all women.
When not working, Chris is an outdoor person enjoying hiking, cycling and running. Chris also loves classical music and currently plays saxophone in the UTAS symphonic band.
Dr Amanda Dennis - MBBS, FRANZCOG, MForensMed
Dr Amanda Dennis trained as Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Sydney and Glasgow, Scotland and practised for 6 years in Westmead Sydney before seeking a tree-change with her young family to Launceston Tasmania. Amanda practises as a Private and Public Obstetrician in Launceston with a special interest in Diabetic and high risk pregnancy.
Amanda has a wide ranging gynaecological practise including child and adolescent gynaecology, fertility investigation and treatment (with referral of IVF patients to the Centre of their Choice), family planning/sterilisation, menstrual and bleeding disorders and treatment of prolapse and bladder disorders.
Amanda provides Colposcopy services and is recognised as a teacher and examiner of by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians Gynaecologists.
After consultation with Amanda, women have the option of surgical procedures in the private or public sector in Launceston. When not working, Amanda enjoys family activities, travelling, and can be found volunteering with Swimming Tasmania or cheering on her daughters at netball.
Dr Emily Hooper - BMedSci, MBBS, FRANZCOG, GradDipForensMed
Dr Emily Hooper is Tasmanian born and bred. She obtained her primary medical degree from the University of Tasmania in 2000. Fascinated with birth and babies from a young age, Emily always wanted to be an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and achieved her Fellowship of the Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2010.
The majority of her training was undertaken in Hobart and Launceston before she travelled to Adelaide to broaden and further her interests in high-risk obstetrics, vulval dermatology and colposcopy.
After returning to Launceston, Emily completed her Fellowship before commencing work as a Staff Specialist at Launceston General Hospital.
Currently she is a Visiting Medical Officer running Multidisciplinary Vulval Dermatology Clinic at Launceston General Hospital. Emily is dedicated to the care of her obstetric patients and has experience managing high-risk pregnancies and women with complex care requirements. She is committed to continuing excellence in all facets of her Obstetric practice and is planning to complete her Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound in the next three years.
Emily has a broad gynaecological experience including vulval dermatology and pain syndromes, the medical and surgical management of prolapse, family planning and contraception, infertility prior to IVF, as well as a full range of laparoscopic, vaginal and abdominal surgical procedures. She is a certified Colposcopist and is experienced in managing abnormal PAP smears.
Emily has always felt that it was her vocation to care for women. She understands that women often find gynaecological consultations challenging and confronting. This recognition allows her to approach each of her patients with sensitivity, compassion and respect.
Outside her professional life Emily is a mother of three mischievous children under the age of six. Emily enjoys gardens and gardening but finds the competition from the local wildlife somewhat disheartening.
Dr Helen Esdale - BMedSci, MBBS, FRANZCOG, MPHTM
Dr Helen Esdale grew up in country Victoria before moving to Melbourne. She completed her primary medical degree at the University of Melbourne and then spent several years working around Victoria and the Northern Territory. During this time, she undertook a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine through James Cook University, graduating with Honours. She commenced her Obstetrics & Gynaecology training at The Mercy Hospital for Women in Melbourne and moved to Launceston in 2011. She fell in love with Launceston, the beauty of Tasmania and the fantastic staff at the LGH and decided to stay.
Moving to Hobart in 2015, she completed a year of advanced surgical and laparoscopic training with the gynaecological oncologists at Royal Hobart hospital.
Helen is passionate about all aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology. Delivering babies was always her first love and she is delighted to offer personalised care for both low and high risk obstetric patients. She also offers a full range of gynaecological services including family planning, colposcopy and treatment of abnormal Pap smears, pelvic floor surgery and management of menstrual problems. She works closely with women experiencing complex pain of the pelvis, vulva and vagina to offer insight into these conditions. She performs advanced laparoscopy for endometriosis and ovarian cysts as well as total laparoscopic hysterectomies.
Helen also works as a staff specialist at the Launceston general Hospital and enjoys all aspects of her public obstetric and gynaecology role, especially training specialist registrars. In her spare time, Helen enjoys spending time with her two young children and getting outside into the garden. She enjoys reading and hiking in the Tasmanian wilderness.
Our practice nurse and midwife Beth had an extensive background working in paediatrics prior to becoming a midwife.
Beth obtained her nursing degree in 2003 and honours a year later with a research project on Developmental Hip Dysplasia. She subsequently completed a Postgraduate diploma in Paediatrics.
Beth studied midwifery at Monash University and since then has worked in all areas of midwifery, from in-hospital birthing suites and postnatal units providing domiciliary care.
Beth has a broad knowledge of pregnancy, birth, postnatal care, breastfeeding and immunisations and will be a valuable resource to you during your care at Launceston obstetrics and gynaecology. Beth has many extracurricular interests. She has three adult children, three grandchildren (and expanding) and a primary school aged son.
You may wish to contact Beth in the weeks leading up to your first appointment or at any time during your pregnancy if you have any queries.
Donelda is a qualified sonographer with over 30 years’ experience in general and obstetric ultrasound. Donelda trained as a radiographer in New Zealand before moving to Melbourne in 1981, where she worked as a sonographer at Monash Medical Centre in the Foetal Diagnostic Unit gaining valuable experience in monitoring of foetal growth and foetal anomalies. She then moved around Victoria working as a general sonographer for 15 years, before moving to Launceston in 2000 to commence work exclusively in Obstetrics and Gynaecology ultrasound, her preferred specialty.
Donelda is highly skilled in all facets of obstetric and gynaecology ultrasound and is able to offer accurate assessment of foetal growth, foetal anomalies and assessment of pelvic masses and cysts.
Registered with ASUM, ASA and accredited with ASAR, Donelda is passionate about women's health and providing friendly, thorough assessment in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Donelda is a busy member of the Launceston community with many interests including orienteering, sailing and gardening.
Receptionists / Administrative Staff
Supporting the practice are our dedicated and friendly receptionists Ann, Katie, Clare and Joan. They have a combined total of 85 years working in various parts of the health industry. They form an important part of our team to provide efficient patient care and to assist you throughout your pregnancy and with appointments and procedures.
At times the practice is very busy and delays may happen due to obstetric workload but our experienced team will endeavour to make your experience as smooth as possible.
Ann Katie Joan Clare