Originally from Yorkshire in the North of England, Olivia undertook her medical studies at University College London graduating in 1998. Her first visit to New Zealand was as a junior doctor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, working at Christchurch Women’s Hospital when it was located on its former site in Colombo St. She returned to London in 2003 to complete a research fellowship at Imperial College, investigating a minimally invasive treatment for uterine fibroids. During this time she also worked with Professor Allan MacLean at the Royal Free Hospital and developed an interest in vulval disease and lower genital tract pre cancers.
Olivia completed her postgraduate training through the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and was based in Christchurch. Advanced training was completed in the North Island and she returned to Christchurch with her family in 2014 to take up her specialist appointment.
Olivia has a broad experience in women’s health care. Her approach focuses on the overall wellbeing of the individual and she is known for her sensitive approach and open communication.
She has undertaken advanced training in minimal access surgery and is a dexterous and capable laparoscopic (keyhole) surgeon. She has an interest in all aspects of pain both acute and chronic. Currently she is undertaking a trial to reduce pain in women undergoing laparoscopic hysterectomy as well as pursuing further studies in pain management through the University of Otago. She has a special interest in colposcopy and the management of vulvo-vaginal disorders which includes abnormal smears, lichen sclerosus and pre-cancerous conditions.
Having worked in Canterbury for more than 14 years, Olivia has a good working relationship with Christchurch midwives and finds the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth a particularly rewarding aspect of her job. Respecting parents' wishes and helping to provide a safe and reassuring environment for birth is of utmost importance to her.
MB BS 1998 Lond; FRANZCOG 2014
Title or Designation
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Full NZ Registration Date
29 August 2007
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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