The Reproduction and Perinatal Centre (RPC) is a leading research and education Impact centre in the field of Reproduction, Endocrinology and Fertility, and Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine.
Our research focuses on the beginnings of life spanning fertility and conception into pregnancy and birth, with the aim to improve outcomes and quality of care for mothers and babies.
Our mission is to provide the highest quality of evidence to improve outcomes and care for women prior to conception, through to pregnancy and birth and the long-term health and wellbeing of both the mother and child.
We bring together a group of established researchers in the field across the University, at the Western, Northern and Central precincts incorporating the School of Medicine, Nursing and Midwifery, Health Sciences and Public Health.
In addition to research and clinical expertise, we are committed to establishing teaching and post-graduate research opportunities to train the next generation of researchers and clinicians responsible for the care of women and babies and the advancement of knowledge in the field.
Our research programme lies at the nexus of what is current and what is possible for women’s and children’s health, seeking to answer some of the most challenging questions in the field.
We address important and unanswered questions covering a broad range of reproduction, pregnancy and obstetrical care issues and encourages patient participation in clinical trials and research opportunities. This includes longer term health outcomes for the mother and child.
Our work extends from discovery science to translational research programmes. We aim to develop novel approaches to improve fertility and pregnancy outcomes for individual women and families and the larger population and society. Our Centre is focused on addressing the health needs of increasingly diverse reproductive populations.
Small babies or those that fail to reach their growth potential are at increased risk of poor pregnancy and birth outcomes, including stillbirth. Up to 40 percent of all stillbirths may be related to inadequate growth of the baby during pregnancy. Yet at present only around 1 in 4 of these small babies are identified in pregnancy.