As a junior doctor, Petrina realised her major interest was in women’s health, obstetrics and gynaecology, as it encompassed the entirety of medicine, and indeed life. Petrina completed specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology in various centres in Queensland including Nambour, Townsville and Brisbane.
During her training, Petrina enjoyed all aspects of obstetrics and gynaecology, especially managing high-risk pregnancies such as multiple pregnancies, maternal medical problems and fetal abnormalities. A large proportion of her training has been conducted in tertiary units with a high emphasis on managing these issues. As well as high-risk pregnancy, Petrina understands the joy and anxiety that any pregnancy can bring. She endeavours to give all women high-quality care and to enable them to achieve full empowerment of their pregnancy and birthing experience while preparing them for the journey of motherhood.
Petrina enjoys caring for women and all their gynaecological needs, from menstrual disorders to cervical abnormalities. Petrina has a particular focus on vulval disorders, sexual health and female sexual disorders. She is currently completing her Masters in Reproductive Medicine to further enhance her gynaecological practice.
Petrina is married to a midwife and has a blended family of seven children, with ages ranging from 2 – 23 years. This life experience of a busy working mother, facing the challenges of toddler life to young adulthood on a daily basis, has facilitated and better enabled her to understand the complexities and challenges modern women and families face. With a strong belief in the shared experience of life, Petrina has an enhanced empathy towards her patients, allowing true holistic care.
Petrina has had an active role in the teaching of junior doctors and peers through her role as resident medical officer facilitator and while conducting education sessions and seminars. She looks forward to continuing a strong teaching focus into the future.