Associated specialists

In addition to IVFAustralia's team of fertility specialists, we are fortunate to have very close association with a network of general obstetric and gynaecologist specialists across NSW. These doctors have a keen interest in fertility management and choose to utilise IVFAustralia's services, specialised clinic nursing and counselling team and advanced science to support and care for their patients where necessary.

Dr Jenny Dew


Jenny is a VMO at the Royal Hospital for Women and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. Dr Dew obtained her MB BS degree from the University of New South Wales in 1984. Her subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility was undertaken at the Royal Hospital for Women, and at The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, where she trained in advanced endoscopic surgery. She completed her thesis on HRT and Breast Cancer, and obtained her MD from the University of New South Wales in 2002. Dr Dew consults from private rooms at St Vincent's Hospital Clinic in Darlinghurst.

T: 02 8382 6860
F: 02 8382 6861

Dr Karen Harris


T: 02 9553 1011
F: 02 9553 1022 

Dr Ajith Samaratunga

Dr Ajith Samaratunga is a local obstetrician and gynaecologist with a special interest in fertility. He obtained his basic and post graduate qualifications in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Sri Lanka. Ajith came to Australia in January 2001 and has lived with his family in Dubbo for the last 4 years.

T: 02 6882 9900
F: 02 6882 4095

Dr Alan Tong

MBBS MRMed GradDipPaed EMSB EMST APLS FRANZCOG DRANZCOG Master of Reproductive Medicine MOET
Alan is an accredited robotic surgeon and a VMO at Westmead Fertility Centre, IVF Australia, Norwest Private and Westmead Public and Private Hospitals. He is also an examiner for the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and an examiner and training supervisor for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Alan is also a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney.

After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1995, Alan went on to complete a Diploma of Paediatric, Early Management of Severe Burns and Early Management of Severe Trauma in 1999. He later gained a Diploma of Obstetric and Gynaecology and completed a Management of Obstetric Emergency and Trauma course in the UK. In 2011, he obtained an MRMed from the University of New South Wales.

Alan is a member of the Australian Gynaecological Endoscopy Society, Sydney West Advanced Pelvic Surgery Unit, Fertility Society of Australia, Australian Medical Association and NSW Medical Board. He is also a RANZCOG fellow and is General Medical Council registered.

 ​​​​​T: 02 9633 1553

Dr Amrou Metawa


Amrou is a skilled surgeon with extensive experience in all areas of gynaecology and obstetrics. His areas of interest include laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, urogynaecology, perineal trauma and high-risk pregnancy. He also specialises in incontinence, pelvic pain and pelvic floor prolapse, endometriosisuterine fibroidPolycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)infertility and family planning.

Based on the NSW central coast, Amrou sees patients at North Gosford Medical Centre and performs surgery at Gosford Private, Gosford Public and Brisbane Waters Private hospitals.

Following his medical studies at Alexandria University in Egypt, Amrou gained a Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from Egypt’s Menoufia University and a Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology from Auckland University. Amrou also holds an AMC Certificate from the Australian Medical Council and is a Fellow of RANZCOG (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a member of the Australian Medical Board, New Zealand Medical Council and Medical Council of Egypt.

T: 02 4323 6140
F: 02 4323 6150

Dr Ajantha Kasturi


Ajantha is a specialist with expertise in IVF, gynaecology, high-risk obstetrics, infertility disorders and endoscopic surgery. Her calm and measured manner is reassuring for patients and their families, especially in stressful situations.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Madurai Medical College in India, Ajantha studied in the US and then obtained her Masters in Reproductive Medicine from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). She completed her training in laparoscopic surgery, reproductive disorders and infertility management at Westmead Fertility Centre, and was also a fellow in adolescent gynaecology at Westmead Children’s Hospital.

Her study of maternal and perinatal outcomes in the management of cervical incompetence was published in a peer-reviewed journal. Ajantha is also a member of the FSA (Fertility Society of Australia), ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) and AGES (Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery).

T: 02 9635 1522
F: 02 9635 1622

Dr Lorance Melhem


Lorance is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist, with a special interest in investigating and treating infertility. Her training includes two years as senior registrar at Westmead Hospital, and she consults at Westmead Fertility Centre and IVF Australia.

She has a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, and a Bachelor of Science, both from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Lorance also has a Masters of Reproductive Medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

Lorance speaks Arabic fluently.

T: 02 9687 8840
F: 02 9687 8854 

Dr Sarojini (Jini) Mandapati


Jini is a specialist with expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology and an interest in pelvic floor reconstructive surgeries, bladder sling procedures and high risk obstetrics.

After completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Rangaraya Medical College at Audra University in India, Jini underwent an internship at India’s Government General Hospital. She then obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the University of Health Sciences in India. In 2004, Jini obtained an Australian Medical Council Certificate and fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

Previously, Jini was a visiting medical officer at Launceston General and Maitland hospitals. She has been recognised with a Community Compassion award and the Dr R.E. Buttfield RMO Prize for Excellence in Service.

A/Prof Harvey Ward

A/Prof Ward trained at University of Cape Town in Biochemistry and Medicine before meeting and marrying his best friend Kathy and moving to Port Elizabeth for 10 years. In 1995 after the arrival of their 3 lovely children, he moved to specialise at the world-renowned Stellenbosch University where he obtained his Specialist and Masters degrees.

He practised in Canada for 7 years before emigrating to Australia in 2006 to establish a practice of excellence in Coffs Harbour. In addition to seeing private patients at Baringa Hospital, A/Prof Ward also has a public appointment at Coffs Harbour Health Campus and has been the head of the Obstetric and Gynaecology Department since his arrival. He has a special interest in assisted reproduction and performs cycle stimulation, reproductive ultrasound, intrauterine insemination and IVF in Coffs Harbour. He is delighted to be associated with the excellent team at Hunter IVF

T: 02 6652 1266

Dr Aaron Budden

Dr Aaron Budden is a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician who provides a broad range of minimally invasive gynaecological services in the public and private system and public obstetric services. Dr Budden completed his Bachelor of Medicine from the University of Newcastle, in 2008. He then moved to Sydney where he undertook residency years at the Royal Hospital for Women before commencing his specialty training in 2012.

After successfully completing his examinations, Dr Budden was awarded a highly prized minimally invasive surgical fellowship through the Australasian Gynaecology Endoscopy and Surgery Society and was then awarded fellowship of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He has published numerous scientific articles and presents regularly at local and international conferences. Focusing on a high level of dedication to patient care, Dr Budden is able to care for women as a Staff Specialist at Coffs Harbour Health Campus and Baringa Private Hospital.

T: 02 6652 1266