Canberra Antenatal Care is a shared care option for women of Canberra and surrounding suburbs to be able to access private antenatal care, including private scans and consultations with a Maternal and Fetal Medicine expert and practice midwives at CAC in conjunction with the ACT Health community midwives. Labour and Delivery is booked and managed by a public hospital of the woman’s choosing.
Patients normally would see the Doctors at CAC for their first consult & dating scan at 8-9 weeks. They then see the community midwives through ACT Health at 10-12 weeks for their first visit and to start their antenatal card and are booked into hospital to deliver publicly at Calvary Bruce or Canberra Hospital. The remainder of their antenatal care is shared between CAC and ACT Health community appointments. CAC handle all of the records and results and ensure the hospital chosen for delivery has a complete antenatal file.
The Doctors at CAC will write a referral for the patient to deliver publicly through ACT Health and will provide the patient with details on how to arrange their first appointment through the Canberra Maternity Options phoneline.
Shared Care between Private Practice & ACT Health
Appointments available with three Maternal & Fetal Medicine Experts
Ultrasound at every appointment (Results discussed at time of scan)
Peace of mind and clarity regarding pregnancy care
Practice midwives work alongside specialists
No in hospital costs (eg. theatre, accommodation, anaesthetist etc.)
All appointments claimable through Medicare
No requirement of private health insurance
No criteria for patients, all patients accepted
All we need is a GP Referral!
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|There are four Doctor’s who will be involved in the care for each patient: Dr Roberto Orefice (handles majority of appointments to allow for continuity of care), Dr Meiri Robertson, Dr Ken Tan and Dr Natalie De Cure.
Dr Roberto Orefice
B.App Sc (Physiotherapy) MBBS AFHEA FRANZCOG DDU CMFM
Dr Roberto Orefice is an experienced obstetrician and Maternal Fetal medicine Specialist. Roberto provides individualised, evidenced based, women centred care.
Roberto is a local Canberran who obtained his post graduate medical qualification through the Australian National University. Roberto completed his Obstetrics and Gynaecology training in Canberra where he embarked in further subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine, finishing his Fellowship at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.
Roberto has a public appointment at the Fetal Medicine Unit at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children where he manages high risk pregnancies. He has a special interest in pre term birth prevention, pre eclampsia and also provides pre pregnancy counselling. He is a lecturer at The Australian National University and is involved in training and supervising junior doctors. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
Dr Natalie De Cure
Dr Natalie De Cure is a local Obstetrician and Gynaecologist transitioning to Private Practice.
Natalie was born and bred in Canberra and completed her Specialist training at the Canberra Hospital and St George Hospital in Sydney in 2019. She also completed a Masters of Reproductive Medicine at UNSW to broaden her knowledge in Reproductive Endocrinology. She has practiced as a Specialist in O&G in the public hospital for four years, and continues to work part time in the public system for the opportunity to teach junior doctors and service the Community she grew up in.
She is a patient-centred clinician, and individualises care based on best practice, the preferences of her patients, and their previous experiences. She ensures decision making is a joint process, and thrives on developing continuity with the families she cares for. She recognises the importance of strong and timely communication with primary practitioners and referring clinicians, and looks forward to developing relationships and sharing care with local General Practitioners.
Dr Meiri Robertson
Dr Meiri Robertson is an experienced sonologist in women’s imaging. Her expertise is highly regarded by her peers and her advice is frequently sought for second opinion. Meiri cares deeply about her patients and often goes out of her way to help them.
She started her career in Women’s Health and Imaging 20 years ago in Cape Town where she obtained her undergraduate medical qualification and later a post-graduate clinical genetics degree. Meiri also completed the Fetal Medicine Foundation’s diploma in Fetal Medicine to complement her practice in the field. She was offered a Fetal Medicine Fellowship at the Canberra Hospital in 2003 and has called Australia home since then.
Meiri was the director at the Fetal Medicine Unit at the Centenary Hospital for Women & Children where she has close involvement with managing high risk pregnancies. She is a lecturer at the Australia National University and a board member of the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound In Medicine. Meiri was acknowledged for her contributions to the Australian Society of Ultrasound In Medicine in 2013 when she was named Volunteer of the year and in 2014 as the Sonologist of the Year. In her free time she juggles family life with her husband and two teenage sons.
Dr Ken Tan
Dr Ken Tan is a compassionate and experienced Obstetrician & Sonologist who is committed to caring for you and your baby. Dr Tan holds a Diploma of Diagnostic Ultrasound from Australian Society of Ultrasound Medicine, and is highly qualified to perform ultrasound assessment for your baby / babies.
Dr Tan has considerable expertise with complex high risk pregnancies (multiple pregnancies, pregnancy complicated with medical condition, fetal anomalies).
Ken is passionate about educational programs and is keen member of the Asio-Pacific Fetal Medicine community and continues to make contributions to expand knowledge. He has a keen interest in the future of stem cells in presenting serious diseases. He is hoping to improve his marathon finish time in his spare time and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and son.