My Practice

To ensure the best outcomes, Mark limits the number of patients in his care at any one time. For this reason, please contact reception at your earliest opportunity to confirm Mark’s availability.

Professor Mark Umstad AM

Mark graduated from the University of Melbourne with an MB BS, and was then an intern and resident at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He undertook his obstetric training at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, and completed his doctorate thesis (MD) on intrapartum fetal monitoring at the Queen Mother’s Hospital in Glasgow.

Mark returned to the Royal Women’s Hospital as a Consultant Obstetrician and, in 1993, began his private practice. In 1997, he established Australia’s first Multiple Pregnancy Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital and continues to lead that service.

He has a strong interest in high-risk obstetrics, particularly multiple pregnancies, pregnancy loss, premature delivery and recurrent miscarriage.

Mark, in addition to his medical practice, has conducted extensive research and training, and is actively involved in teaching at the University of Melbourne.

He is on the Editorial Board of Twin Research and Human Genetics. He is one of the founding members of the Australian Centre for Excellence in Twin Research. He has published widely with over 50 peer-reviewed papers, several chapters in books and has presented at many national and international conferences. A list of his publications can be found here.

Mark’s primary public teaching hospital role is as the Director of Maternity Services at Royal Women’s Hospital. He is also a Clinical Professor in the University of Melbourne and the National Patron of the Australian Multiple Birth Association.

Mark was honoured to receive an Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for significant service to medicine in the field of obstetrics, particularly complex pregnancies, as a clinical, consultant and academic.

our staff

Practice Manager – Allison

Alli has worked with Mark since he commenced practice in 1993 as his Practice Manager. Alli completed her nursing training at the Royal Women’s Hospital in 1991 and spent the next few years working in theatre and gynaecology. Alli is in charge of all of the administrative aspects of the practice as well as answering any medical or obstetric concerns patients may have.

Alli is married and has two teenage children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her interests are yoga and shopping.


Andrea has been working with Mark for over 15 years. Diligent and highly competent, Andrea ensures Mark’s practice is run effectively and efficiently.

Andrea is a lifelong Western Bulldogs member and enjoys watching all sporting events live. Music is another great love and she has a wide and varied collection of songs and artists.


Libby has been working with Mark for over 15 years. She is highly experience and can help you with any query. Libby is married with two children, and her interests are boxing, quilting, sewing, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.


Lauren has been working with Mark since 2017. She is currently studying Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She enjoys travelling, going out with friends and shopping.

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Dr Scott Shemer

Scott is also based at Frances Perry House and the Royal Women’s Hospital, where he shares rooms with Professor Umstad. He has a particular interest in high-risk obstetrics, with areas of specialty including multiple pregnancy, maternal medical conditions in pregnancy, cervical insufficiency and preterm birth, and complex operative obstetrics. Scott endeavours to provide evidence-based guidance that ultimately allows his patients to make informed choices throughout the entire pregnancy and birth.

Dr Thomas (Tom) Cade

Dr Cade is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist who works at both the Royal Women’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital. He is Head of the Diabetes Clinic at the Royal Women’s Hospital. His interest is both in complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies. Tom will continue to provide weekend cover for my practice until July 2018.