Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Maternal Fetal Medicine Service MFMS)

Maternal Fetal Medicine Service (MFMS)

Welcome to The Maternal Fetal Medicine Service (MFMS) of the Women's and Children's Hospital which is a multi-disciplinary service with a diverse medical and midwifery faculty providing expert diagnosis, ongoing surveillance and  discerning management for women whose pregnancies are significantly complicated by maternal and/or fetal conditions.

The Antenatal Diagnosis and Counselling Service (ADACS), which is under the umbrella of the MFMS, has a specific role in the diagnosis and management of fetal conditions during pregnancy. This service, which is heavily dependent on our Radiological colleagues and Obstetric experts in Ultrasound, includes referral to all Paediatric specialties including Neonatology, Surgery and Cardiology, other related disciplines including Genetics and Paramedical specialties for initial counselling and where appropriate ADACS and the MFMS facilitate the transition for ongoing care once the baby has been born.

The MFMS has the distinction of being the Tertiary Maternal Fetal Medicine Service referral service not only for South Australia but also for western NSW, western Victoria and the Northern Territory.

It is also the only Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG) recognized sub-specialist training site for Maternal-Fetal Medicine trainees in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Members of the MFMS are affiliated with the School of Reproductive Health and Paediatrics of the University of Adelaide and with the prestigious research centre, The Robinson Institute.

In addition to important links interstate, particularly with the Mater Hospital in Brisbane and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, the MFMS is also in communication internationally with MFM Departments in New Zealand, Canada, and the United States of America and has a unique collaboration with three MFM centres in Indonesia.

Since its establishment as a stand alone clinical entity in July 2012 the MFMS has been able to provide an improved service provision with currently over 500 patient contacts per month.

PDF iconMFM Referral Form (79kb)

PDF iconMFM Flowchart  (274kb)

Second Opinion Scan Requests

All requests for Second Opinion Scans are to be faxed to the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service on 08 8161 9264.

Please include:

  • Current contact details of Client and next of kin
  • Referrers contact details
  • All relevant medical, obstetric and social history
  • Access to all scans and reports
  • Completed MFM referral form.

MFM will review all requests and images.

Referrers will be contacted with feedback within 48 hours with a plan regarding ongoing management.

If a patient requires a Second Opinion Scan they will be contacted by the MFM service and provided with appointment details.

Please refer OACIS Clinical Summary for report following consultation.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the MFM Registrar via the WCHN Hospital switchboard on 08 8161 7000.


Pre-pregnancy and Post-pregnancy Counselling

Screening and Diagnosis Procedures

Invasive Procedures and Treatment

  • Amnio-reduction
  • Fetal blood sampling (FBS)
  • Fetal blood transfusion (FBT)
  • Fetal urine sampling
  • Fetal surgery including vesico-amniotic shunt, pleuro-amniotic shunt

Antenatal Care

  • Complex pregnancy obstetric consultation particularly complex multiple pregnancies
  • MFMS/ADACS clinical service coordinators
  • Inpatient management
  • Serial ultrasound scanning
  • Tele-ultrasound and telephone consultation for rural and remote centres
  • Multi-disciplinary collaboration

Counselling and Referral

We welcome referrals from family practitioners, Fellows of RANZCOG and other specialties and we are committed to working closely with you and providing an excellent service for your patients.

For patients attending the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital we extend a warm welcome and look forward to serving you, your partner and your yet to be born child to the very best of our ability.


Unit Head

Dr Peter Muller
Director MFM Service

Midwifery Head

Midwife Tina Bode
MFM Service Clinical Care Coordinator

Maternal Fetal Medicine Service Personnel

Dr Peter Muller

Staff Specialist (Obstetrics)
Subspecialist Maternal Fetal Medicine (CMFM – USA)
Perinatal Medicine and Women’s Imaging, Women's and Children's Hospital
Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide

Dr Muller trained in the United States (North Carolina) and Australia (Adelaide)

He has extensive international links particularly with several MFM Units in the USA (Member of Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine).

In addition to his considerable patient care load, he has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students, W&CH Trainee Medical Officers, RANZCOG Trainees and CMFM Subspecialty Trainees.

His endeavours in research include 31 publications in refereed journals, numerous invited lectureships and as an ANZJOG Manuscript reviewer.

His personal expertise in ultrasound has enabled him to bridge the gap between Radiologists and Ultra-sonologists to organise dedicated ultrasound training for RANZCOG Trainees, CMFM Subspecialists, COGU Subspecialists and Ultra-sonographers.

Whilst Dr Muller has a broad range of interests in Maternal Fetal Medicine his primary focus is on fetal surveillance for complex multiple pregnancies, the diagnosis of congenital abnormalities and fetal red cell allo-immunization.

Dr Chris Wilkinson

Director of MFM Service
Staff Specialist (Obstetrics)
Sub-specialist Maternal Fetal Medicine, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Senior Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide
Visiting MFM Specialist, Feto Maternal Medicine Division, Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali

Dr Wilkinson trained in Australia (Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide) and the United Kingdom (Glasgow).

He has extensive international links including the UK, NZ and Indonesia.

In addition to his considerable patient care load, he has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students (University of Adelaide), Women’s & Children’s Hospital Trainee Medical Officers and RANZCOG Trainees in his role of RANZCOG Training Supervisor.

He is a member of the RANZCOG Board of Examiners for both the MRANZCOG and Certificate of Maternal Fetal Medicine (CMFMS) Examinations.

His endeavours in research include 48 publications in peer reviewed medical journals, collaborating author of a further 6 major articles, manuscript reviewer, supervision of a PhD student and 4 subspecialty CMFMS Trainees and numerous presentations at international meetings.

He has obtained almost $1 million in research grants for clinical research projects, a number of which are ongoing.

Dr Wilkinson's research focus is on evidence based improvements in obstetric care including caesarean section practice, outpatient day care, differing methods of outpatient induction of labour and fetal surgery and a randomised trial of STan intrapartum fetal monitoring system.

Professor Jodie Dodd

Professor, Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Adelaide
Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialist
Clinical Academic, Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Chair South Australian State-wide Maternal and Neonatal Clinical Network
Chair South Australian Maternal, Perinatal and Infant Mortality Committee
Robinson Research Institute Theme Leader: Pregnancy Health
Editor Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group

Professor Dodd trained in Australia (Adelaide) and Canada (Toronto)

She has extensive national and international links including research and clinical collaborations across Europe, United Kingdom and Indonesia.

In addition to her extensive patient care load, she has a dedicated commitment to the teaching of Medical students, Trainee Medical Officers, RANZCOG Trainees, CMFMS Subspecialty trainees and is a direct supervisor of 20 research staff and students.

She has organised the compulsory research projects for numerous RANZCOG Trainees and has encouraged and supervised a number of them to proceed to PhD and MD qualifications.

Her endeavours in research include 28 research grants totalling over $13 million of funding, publication of 9 book chapters, 85 publications in refereed medical journals and 73 presentations at national and international meetings.

She is the recipient of numerous local, national, RANZCOG and international awards and is a much sought after referee and reviewer of a number of medical journals.

Whilst Professor Dodd has a wide range of interests in Maternal Fetal Medicine her research emphasis is on Maternal Obesity and its relationship to poor pregnancy outcomes – a subject of which she is a recognised world authority.

Dr Mark Morton

Senior Staff Consultant Physician in Obstetric Medicine, Women's and Children's Hospital
Senior Staff Consultant Physician in General Medicine, Modbury Hospital
Clinical Lecturer Department of Medicine, University of Adelaide
Clinical Lecturer Department of Medicine, Flinders University

In addition to his considerable patient load Dr Morton is dedicated to the teaching of Medical students, Trainee Medical Officers and RACP Trainees sub-specialising in Obstetric Medicine. He is also an Examiner of the RACP Clinical Examinations.

Dr Morton trained in Australia (Adelaide) and has extensive national and international links through his leadership roles in SOMANZ and the Internal Medicine Society of Australia & New Zealand.

He is currently on the Specialist Advisory Committee in General and Acute Care Medicine of the RACP, where he has established a program of Obstetric Medicine training in conjunction with the Society of Obstetric Medicine (SOMANZ).

His commitment to research includes Senior Invstigator roles in 4 clinical trials, publication of 7 papers in refereed medical journals, co-authored book chapters, and invited speaker at 10 national scientific  meetings and multiple local meetings.

Dr Morton has been instrumental in pioneering the role of the Obstetric Physician in Maternal Fetal Medicine and Perinatology and their significant contribution to the enhanced outcomes for mothers with pre-existing medical conditions and for those who develop medical complications during their pregnancies.

Tina Bode
RN, RM, Dip Nurs, Bach Nurs, IBCC

MFM Midwifery Unit Manager

Tina Bode is the MFM Service Clinical Services Coordinator with extensive experience in counselling MFM patients and providing a friendly point of contact.

She provides continuity of MFM care for patients with her skilful liaison with a variety of referring medical groups and individuals in addition to her midwifery colleagues.

Her previous role as the Multiple Birth Coordinator has been particularly helpful in managing those women with complicated multiple pregnancies which comprise a significant number of MFM patients.

Tina Bode has a strong commitment to professional development, clinical teaching and continuing education not only for her midwifery colleagues but also in Parent Education.

She continues to participate in clinical research in an important and critical supportive role as well as providing links with interstate MFM centres and with the MFMS collaboration with Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali.

Kathy Lynch
RN, RM, Bach Nurs, LC

Kathy Lynch is the MFM Associate Midwifery Unit Manager. She has an academic background in addition to her clinical midwifery experience.

She has worked as a District Midwife and in private obstetric hospitals in Adelaide thus making her ideally placed to seamlessly facilitate the post hospital care of our MFM patients and their babies with their often complex needs.

Her academic background enables her to take the lead in patient counselling, midwifery education and clinical research projects in addition to her daily duties of midwifery care and multidisciplinary liaison.

Her teamwork with Tina Bode provides an enviable standard of patient focussed care which is the hallmark of the MFM Service.

Contact Details


Maternal Fetal Medicine Service
2nd Floor Queen Victoria Building

Mailing Address

Maternal Fetal Medicine Service
Women's and Children's Hospital
2nd Floor Queen Victoria Building
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Phone: (08) 8161 9263 - Reception

              (08) 8161 8455 - Tina Bode (MFMS Coordinator)

Fax:       (08) 8161 9264

Email: HealthCYWHSMFMCoordinator@sa.gov.au

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last modified: 24 Mar 2021