Dr Christine Tippett AM

Photo of Dr Christine Tippett AM 2017

Specialising in high-risk obstetrics and gynaecology, for 45 years Dr Christine Tippett has made an outstanding contribution to medicine in Victoria, saving the lives of women and newborns and improving the quality of care Australian women receive during pregnancy.

Christine has delivered more than 10,000 babies throughout her career and has been instrumental in advocating for change in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, helping to create a safer environment for both mothers and their babies.

First female president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Christine’s achievements, which have been recognised locally and internationally, commenced with her being awarded the Gold Medal for outstanding performance in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) membership exams in 1984, the highest accolade to be given by the College. After making significant reforms, Christine became the first female president of the College in 2006.

Establishment of the Monash Health Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit

Driven by her commitment to ensure that women from all backgrounds have access to the best possible obstetric and gynaecological care, in the 1990s she established the Monash Health Maternal Fetal Medicine Unit which offers care for many of the most complex pregnancies in Victoria.

Chairwoman of expert panel on abortion law reform

In 2008, Christine led the expert panel on Victoria’s abortion law reform debate. Christine was unwavering in her counsel which sought to ensure women in Australia retained their ability to have a choice and for doctors to be able to provide women with access to an abortion without fear of retribution.

In 2010, Christine was made a Member of the Order of Australia. She currently holds various clinical and academic positions and is Special Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Health on women’s maternal health.

Her professional achievements and dedication to women, regardless of background, have transformed the maternity care landscape and will continue to positively impact the lives of all young Australian women now and for future generations.