Dr. Alice WhittakerObstetrician & Gynaecologist
BSc, MBBS (Hons), FRANZCOG
What I Do
I provide a range of gynaecological services at rooms in South Brisbane that I share with trusted colleagues and mentors Dr Amy Mellor, Dr Megan Castner, Dr Katie Christensen and Dr Leanne Chapman. As a General Gynaecologist, I am passionate about delivering quality health care to women at all stages of life, from adolescence through to older age.
I also now work out with the team at Vera Women’s Wellness in Mt Samson, on the North of Brisbane, one day a week. Vera Women’s Wellness envisions a world where every woman can achieve her best health and aims to heal, to restore and to empower women. At Vera we value every woman’s uniqueness. We give you the time and space to tell your story. At Vera, we are a therapeutic community focused on integrated, holistic wellness, multiple treatment modalities: specialist gynaecologists, physiotherapy, dietetics, psychology, acupuncture, natural therapies, lifestyle support.
How I Approach my Patients
My warm and compassionate manner, as well as my open-minded and holistic approach, will make your journey an easier one. I will take the time to listen to your health issues, and how they are relevant and significant to you. I believe in empowering women though education and knowledge about their condition. Together, we will work together to manage your health issues and regain balance in your life.
About My Training and the Care I Provide
I have advanced training in areas of minimally-invasive surgery (including hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgery), urogynaecology and pelvic pain. Thus I am able to provide treatment for endometriosis, persistent pelvic pain, ovarian cysts, fibroids and abnormal bleeding (including laparoscopic hysterectomy), as well as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. I stock a wide range of pessaries for prolapse. With an interest in colposcopy and vulval health, I help women with abnormal cervical screening tests and manage vulval conditions such as lichen sclerosis and recurrent vulvo-vaginal infections. I have worked with the Queensland Persistent Pelvic Pain Network and have many links to help woman with pelvic pain access the care and multidisciplinary attention they require. I also provide pelvic floor Botox treatments.
I work as a staff specialist at QEII Hospital where I am actively involved in teaching medical students and O&G trainees. Involvement in the complex cases of a public hospital helps me stay abreast of the latest evidence and practice. I am also a regular attendee at conferences and am a member of the Australasian Gynacological Endoscopy and Surgery Society (AGES).
I am passionate about helping women in the developing world. In 2015, I spent six months volunteering in an Obstetric Birth Centre at a refugee camp on the Thai-Burmese border. In 2017, I accompanied Professor Judith Goh and Dr Hannah Krause to Uganda where I helped operate on women with prolapse and obstetric fistula. I hope to do more of this in the future.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and toddler and our French-Australian family, cycling, yoga and spending time being active in nature.