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Caring Obstetrics & Gynaecology

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At Coastal O&G you will be cared for by a close knit team of experienced doctors, scientists, midwives and nurses – all with specialist training in obstetrics, gynaecology and infertility.

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You get a dedicated team so you’ll get to know your doctors and carers personally.

Dr Benjamin Stokes
Dr Benjamin StokesFRANZCOG, MR Med, MBBS

Ben joined the Coastal IVF team in 2022. After graduating from Monash University, Ben has been completing his specialty training at several major hospitals in South East Queensland. During this time he also completed a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and pursued a special interest in infertility and minimally invasive surgery.

Ben feels having a family is one of the greatest joys in life. Unfortunately for many couples, falling pregnant is not easy and this can be a difficult and highly stressful time. The ability to help and support patients to achieve a healthy pregnancy is what drove Ben to O&G. Ben believes that tailoring care to the individual (and/ or couple) is essential to achieving the best clinical outcome and patient experience.

Dr Robert North

From 2007 to 2015 Rob was a GP Obstetrician practicing in rural Victoria. During his tenure, Dr North found the obstetric part of his day to be the most rewarding and so embarked on further O&G specialty training. Dr North is committed to continuity of care for his patients and delivers a range of specialist obstetric and gynaecological services.

When not at work Rob enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and travelling. He has travelled to all continents of the world and has climbed to the highest point on each continent including summiting Mt Everest in 2010.

Dr Paul Stokes - Clinical Director
Dr Paul Stokes - Clinical DirectorFRANZCOG, MBBS (Hons), BSc Med (Hons)

With over 35 years experience in obstetrics, gynaecology, IVF & infertility, Dr Paul Stokes leads the Coastal IVF team with care and experience. He graduated from UNSW in Sydney with Honours including undergraduate research in embryopathology and embryo culture techniques. From 1982 Paul worked in one of Australia’s first IVF units in Adelaide and later in a UK fertility program.

In 1987, Paul established his own private practice with a special interest in infertility and diagnostic ultrasound. Then in 1996 Paul introduced IVF services to the Sunshine Coast through the establishment of Coastal IVF at Maroochydore. Paul believes strongly in identifying and treating the underlying cause of a couple’s infertility, rather than just going straight to IVF.

Sarah Robinson
Sarah RobinsonRegistered Nurse & Midwife

Sarah has worked as a Registered Nurse for almost 25 years, and as a Midwife for 20 of those. Sarah is a member of both the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and the Fertility Nurses Association (FNA). She was awarded the midwifery prize at the Australian Catholic University for her clinical and academic achievements.

Sarah has experience working in a large tertiary hospital in all areas of midwifery (special care nursery, antenatal and postnatal wards, and birthing suites). She held a senior position in the specialist area of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Young Women’s Outreach Program. Sarah has developed antenatal education programs for both public and private hospitals. She has a keen interest in educating patients enabling them to make informed decisions about their healthcare.

Erin Hawkin
Erin HawkinRegistered Nurse & Midwife

Erin has over 18 years’ experience as a registered nurse and midwife and has been part of the Coastal IVF since 2010. Prior to this Erin worked in a variety of clinical roles in multiple maternity units across Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. She was a Lecturer and Clinical Facilitator for Enrolled Nursing Students and Erin worked for one of the largest IVF companies in Australia, establishing clinics across both Queensland and Victoria.

Erin’s role at Coastal IVF includes the co-ordination and management of patient clinical cycles, patient education, and the liaison between the various multidisciplinary teams involved in fertility, gynaecology and obstetric care.

Jo Giles
Jo GilesRegistered Nurse & Midwife

Jo joined our team in 2022 bringing over 30 years of experience as a nurse and midwife in both the public and private sector. She worked at the Mater Mothers in Brisbane before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2005, when she started working at Buderim Private Hospital.

Jo enjoys working in all areas of her field, including antenatal care, education, labour, postnatal and general nursing. While maintain a casual position at Buderim Private Hospital, she is now grateful and excited to support families throughout their fertility, pregnancy, and birthing journeys.

Louise Burrell
Louise Burrell Practice Manager R.N, R.M

Louise graduated from Homerton College in Cambridge UK 25 years ago, first as a registered nurse and 2 years later qualifying as a Midwife. Louise emigrated to Australia in 2006, with her husband and children. During this time, she has worked for many years in a local private hospital undertaking a variety of nursing and midwifery positions. These roles included both clinical, supervisory and managerial positions, including 2 years as the Clinical Nurse Manager of the Women’s health unit. She was also part of the development team during growth and expansion of the unit.

Louise joined Coastal IVF in early 2020, and her role as Practice manager involves all aspects of practice administration and management. Louise is the person to contact regarding queries related to treatment fees, queries about Medicare and the private health industry. Louise also assists when required with nursing management and for patient procedures.

Peter Jackson
Peter JacksonDirector of Embryology - Dip.M.L.T., Dip. M. L. T. (Bact).

Peter is a University of Rhodesia medical laboratory technology graduate with more than 30 years’ experience in IVF. Peter managed IVF laboratories in South Africa and the UK before settling in Australia where he managed IVF laboratories at both Monash IVF and Melbourne IVF before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2002 as the Director of Embryology.

Peter has a special interest in gamete and embryo micromanipulation. He is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT). Peter is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast, lecturing in the Clinical Embryology course of the Biomedical Science degree.

Melissa Taylor
Melissa TaylorSenior Embryologist
Elizabeth Hansen
Elizabeth HansenEmbryologist
Jennifer Stokes
Jennifer StokesManager and Director
Hayley Johnson
Hayley JohnsonSenior Receptionist

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