Jan Dickinson

Professor, Professor, MB BS MD W.Aust., FRANZCOG, DDU, CMFM

  • The University of Western Australia (M550), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

Professor Jan Dickinson is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Maternal Fetal Medicine) in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, The University of Western Australia. She trained in obstetrics and gynaecology in Perth, Western Australia and then completed a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas in Houston, USA. She has a long standing interest in obstetric ultrasound, prenatal diagnosis and perinatal loss. She is the Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital.
She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology from 2010-2015 and until 2020 was the Head of the Ultrasound Department at King Edward Memorial Hospital. She is a past chair of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialty Committee and is a current training supervisor for this subspecialty.

Jan was recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant services for medical education and maternal fetal medicine.

Roles and responsibilities

Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Health and Medical Science, The University of Western Australia.
Current Head of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

Future research

My future research is extending into the area of next generation sequencing for prenatal diagnosis, which is an new and exciting field in fetal medicine requiring a multidisciplinary collaborative research approach. I am currently involved in the feasibility of implementation of universal NIPT for fetal Rhesus status in pregnancy to rationalise the utilisation of antenatal anti-D administration in a project funded by the Western Australian Department of Health, in collaboration with PathWest.

Funding overview

King Edward Memorial Hospital Research Foundation: A pilot study for the feasibility of a Home Uterine Activity Monitoring system in Western Australia. JE Dickinson, SF Evans. 1994-1995. $20,000

Healthways: A study of psychological factors that affect adolescent mothers. RS Lindsay, JE Dickinson, C Harrison. 1997-1998. $18,210

NHMRC: The effects of intrapartum analgesia on caesarean section rates. JE Dickinson, MJ Paech, SF Evans, SJ McDonald. 1997-1999 $330,000

Women and Infants Research Foundation: Outcomes following congenital hydrocephalus in Western Australia. B Pettersen, C Bower, JE Dickinson. 1998-1999. $6,000

Women and Infants Research Foundation: Long-term outcomes of pregnancies complicated by twin-twin transfusion syndrome. GJ Duncombe, JE Dickinson, NP French, R Hagan. 1999-2000. $18,500

Women and Infants Research Foundation: Induction of labour trial. CE Pennell, JE Dickinson. 2001-2003. $29,000

Western Australian Institutional Medical Research: Immunogenetics of recurrent miscarriage and pre-eclampsia. C Witt, F Christiansen, JE Dickinson, A Charles. 2002-2003. $47,000

Channel 7 Telethon. Fetal Futures Program. Long term cardiac function in children following severe Rhesus isoimmunization. Dickinson JE, D’Orsogna L, Newnham JP. 2007-2008. Amount not disclosed.

Channel 7 Telethon. Fetal Futures Program. Long term outcome of children born with congenital gastroschisis. Dickinson JE, Ravikumara M, Hagan R, Minutillo C, Harris E. 2008-2010. Amount not disclosed.

NHMRC: Fetal middle cerebral artery Doppler to time second and subsequent fetal transfusions for red cell alloimmunisation. Dodd JM, Dickinson JE, Andersen C, Windrum R, Ryan G. 2010-2012. $433,750.

Stillbirth Foundation Australia. Mifepristone and misoprostol compared with misoprostol alone for induction of labour following midtrimester fetal demise. Allanson E, Jennings B, Dickinson JE. 2012-2013. $47,500.

National Breast Cancer Foundation. Sullivan E, Halliday L, Saunders C, Dickinson JE, Ives A. Gesational Breast Cancer. 2012-2013. $200,000.

Channel 7 Telethon. Fetal Futures Program. Long term outcome of children born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Dickinson JE, Minutillo C, Doherty DA. 2012-2013. Amount not disclosed.

Women and Infants Research Foundation. Progesterone levels in women follwing stillbirth. Allanson E, Jennings B, Dickinson JE. 2014-2015. $15,000.

NHMRC. Precision molecular diagnosis of single cells by imaging flow cytometry. Fuller K, Erber W, Hui H, Dickinson J. 2021-2024. $206,600.

Previous positions

Head, Ultrasound Department, King Edward Memorial Hospital. 1996-2020.

Editor-in-Chief of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 2010-2015.

Current projects

A number of research trials in perinatal loss and the long term outcomes of children born with congenital anomalies.

State-wide preterm birth prevention project.

Women's attitudes to pernatal genetic testing.

Feasibility of universal Rhesus NIPT in pregnancy.

 

Teaching overview

I am involved in teaching at both undergraduate (medical student) and postgraduate levels (obstetric and gynaecology residents, registrars, midwives, radiology registrars, sonographers) in both formal and informal teaching roles.

Research

Research areas are predominantly in clinical maternal fetal medicine with a focus on prenatal diagnosis, perinatal loss, preterm birth prevention and multiple pregnancy.

Languages

English speaking only

Research expertise keywords

  • Fetal medicine
  • Fetal surgery
  • Twin–twin transfusion syndrome
  • Prenatal diagnosis including non-invasive techniques
  • Long-term outcomes of congenital anomalies
  • Management of pregnancy loss

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