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Peter Wein


I was born in Melbourne, at the then Mercy Private Hospital. My schooling was at Mt. Scopus Memorial College, and I studied medicine at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1983. After 2 years at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, I did most of my specialist training at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, from 1986 to 1989. I enhanced my training in England at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Peterborough General Hospital and was awarded my Fellowship in the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1991. I returned to Australia to commence work as a specialist in 1992. 

From 1992-1999 I was a full-time senior lecturer in the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Mercy Hospital for Women. In 2000, I returned to the Royal Women’s Hospital as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was head of the Diabetes unit there from 2003. In addition, I became Director of Birth Suites from 2006 and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne. In 2008, I decided to concentrate more on the clinical care of my private patients and left the Women’s. At present, I am a consultant obstetrician back at the Mercy Hospital for Women, attending antenatal clinics twice each week, and am the labour ward consultant 1 day a month. I believe that work in the public system in addition to private practice helps in keeping me abreast of the latest knowledge in the field, as well as returning something to the system that trained me. 

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I practice general obstetrics and gynaecology but have a special interest in diabetes and other medical conditions in pregnancy such as thyroid disease, and Jewish women’s health – here is an article I wrote on this topic. I have a colposcope in my rooms, and so am equipped to manage women with abnormal Pap smears. Another important piece of equipment is my portable ultrasound machine. I have recently achieved full accreditation in the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme. As can be seen from my full CV here, I have been committed to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and clinical research.  

I try to make my practice patient-focused, with an emphasis on the clinical application of the best available medical evidence. I try to provide my patients with up-to-date information so that they can be informed partners in clinical decisions.  

Unlike many other obstetricians, I do not participate in any regular weekend roster, and so am nearly always available (except when on vacation or at conferences). Therefore, if you are my patient, you can be more than 90% confident that I will be the one looking after you in labour. 

My practice is very family-oriented – my father was an obstetrician and shared my rooms. My oldest son is now a doctor, and my middle son is a biomedical science student.