Patient Information

What you need to know when booking an appointment with us.

We Welcome

New Patients

Welcome to our specialist Obstetrics and Gynaecology practice led by Dr Aviva Nathan.

We provide complete reproductive healthcare, and at every step of your pregnancy journey, with the highest level of service, world-class medical advice, and a warm and personalised experience.

We’re currently accepting new gynaecology and antenatal bookings, and we’re currently taking new pregnancy bookings for Cabrini and Waverley Private Hospitals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our clinic and book in your first consultation with Dr Nathan.

How To
Register As a Patient

It’s easy to register with us as a new patient, and our friendly and supportive staff are available to speak with you and discuss any queries you may have.

You can easily download our patient registration form below, and once complete you can send this to us via email, or even via fax.

Please note that we’re a private practice, so there are fees involved that you'll pay on the day. A referral from your GP will help you claim a portion of this back on Medicare.

Simply give us a call during office hours on the details below, or send us an email and we’ll get back to you when we’re able to.

Phone: 03 9527 9000

Fax: 03 9923 6879

Email: reception@dravivanathan.com.au

Patient registration Form
If English Isn't
Your First Language

A Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) is available during consultations, by telephone, if you need it. 

If you’re booking in for pregnancy and have overseas medical insurance, we work with most international insurance companies, and can provide you with the information you need to make your claim. If you don’t have Medicare, please let us know so we can provide you with accurate fees.

If you’re moving to Australia during your pregnancy, please see a healthcare provider regularly before your first visit with us, to make sure you and your baby are as healthy as possible.

Remember to bring all your healthcare information with you to your first consultation.

For any further questions, queries, or more information on your time with us, please contact the clinic.

We’re on this journey with you.

Get in touch today to book your consultation.

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Understanding

Our Services

SPECIALISED
GYNAECOLOGY SERVICES

Dr Nathan has over 20 years of experience providing women’s health services, with over 10 of those spent running a pelvic pain clinic at Monash Medical Centre.

Dr Nathan is highly experienced across a broad spectrum of women's pelvic health, no matter the complexity. We’re dedicated to providing compassionate health care for women of all ages, to help you improve the quality of your life.

Whatever your needs, however you’re feeling, book in to see us, so we can help you make proactive choices for your health.

PERSONALISED
OBSTETRICS SERVICES

When you first see Dr Nathan she starts by getting to know who you are, and what’s important to you. This helps her gain an understanding of your pregnancy journey up to this point.

From here, you’re in the best of hands. Together with the team, Dr Nathan will provide you with complete pregnancy guidance and care, from family planning through to postnatal support.

Our aim is to provide you with the highest level of obstetric care that incorporates your concerns, so your time with us is as calm and reassuring as possible.

Urgent
Appointments

We’ve said we’re here with you at every step, and we mean it. So, we’re here to help you through any urgent gynaecological situations.

This includes ectopic pregnancies, ovarian cyst ruptures, heavy menstrual bleeding, Bartholin’s abscess, and any other situation where you need immediate gynaecological care.

If your appointment is urgent in nature, please let us know so we can book you in as soon as possible. Your GP should also contact our Medical Secretary and request an urgent review, and we’ll do what we can to accommodate this request.

A Service Built On

Values

From the very first moment you speak with us, to the follow-up appointments with your new family, we're looking out for you. Our holistic service is built on a foundation set by four key values.

Experience

20 years’ experience providing specialist care to women of Melbourne

Trust

Peace of mind that you’re receiving the right treatment, unique to you

Approachable

Warm, personalised care throughout your pregnancy journey

Supportive

We’re with you every step of the way, in any capacity you require

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a pre-pregnancy consultation?

If you’re planning to get pregnant it’s often beneficial for a couple to organise a pre-pregnancy appointment. In this appointment you will discuss your medical histories and general health issues or concerns, with time to ask questions in preparation for being pregnant. We will also discuss the options for pre-pregnancy genetic testing, and organise any general blood tests, such as rubella. It’s also an opportunity to check your immunisations and cervical screening tests are up to date.

This consultation is about your health, too. During your appointment we can also cover your diet, the need for prenatal vitamin supplements, and exercise.

How do I book my first antenatal appointment?

We recommend phoning the rooms to book in for your pregnancy, soon after you find out you’re pregnant. During this call we’ll discuss options for your hospital bookings (Dr Nathan delivers at Cabrini and Waverley Private Hospitals), and book you in for your first appointment with us, which typically occurs at around 8-9 weeks pregnant. 

You’ll need to see your GP prior to your first appointment to get a referral. You can book in an appointment with Dr Nathan prior to seeing your GP, however you must have the referral by the time of your first appointment.

Your appointment schedule will look like this:

  • 8-28 weeks: monthly
  • 28-36 weeks: fortnightly
  • 36 weeks-birth: weekly
What happens at my first appointment?

At your first appointment we take a comprehensive personal and family history, and provide you with the opportunity to discuss all aspects of your health and pregnancy. If you’re pregnant, we’ll also perform an ultrasound, so you can meet your new baby for the very first time.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with Lisa, our midwife, at each pregnancy appointment.

What screening tests are recommended once I’m pregnant?

There are a number of screening tests available that can tell you if your baby is at an increased risk of a serious health condition. Taken within your first and second trimesters, these tests typically combine results from a blood test and an ultrasound to assess the risk of your baby being born with either a genetic or chromosomal condition. They can also detect other abnormalities, and may also tell you if you’re having a multiple pregnancy.

To find out more, the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (https://www.vcgs.org.au/tests) provides a comprehensive list of the types of tests available to you. We will discuss all the options available at your first appointment, and determine which ones are relevant to your situation.

Can I exercise during my pregnancy?

If there are no health or pregnancy reasons that are stopping you from exercising, most forms of exercise are safe during your pregnancy, up to a moderate level of intensity.

Along with the physical benefits typically associated with exercise, it can also work to provide some much-needed stress relief, and is good for your psychological wellbeing during this time.

Come in and see us before you start your exercise program, and we can help you ensure there are no issues that are stopping you from undertaking regular exercise during your pregnancy.

Can I travel whilst pregnant?

Many women will travel during their pregnancy. The second trimester is usually the safest time to travel as any nausea or vomiting is likely to have settled, there’s a reduced chance of miscarriage, and the physical changes of your pregnancy haven’t yet limited your movement.

For air travel, most domestic airlines won’t allow women who are more than 36 weeks pregnant to fly for any longer than 4 hours. Due to the distances involved, international flight can be restricted from 32 weeks.

It’s best to avoid any long, tiring car journeys too, as they can become quite uncomfortable and may also increase your risk of DVT. If you must take a long car trip, make a stop every two hours to get out, move around, and stretch your legs.

Do I need to take pregnancy supplements?

It’s recommended to take a general pregnancy multivitamin such as Elevit (R) or Blackmores (R) to help your body meet the increased nutritional needs of pregnancy. This also applies if you’re planning on getting pregnant, and will help your body build up the levels of nutrients it needs to support the initial growth of your baby.

Folic acid/folate 0.5mg should be started prior to conceiving, for at least 2-3 months, and can be continued until week 12 of your pregnancy.

Depending on the results of the blood tests we take during your consultations, further supplements may be required during your pregnancy. We can discuss these at your follow-up consultation and put you on the necessary supplement plan.

What happens once my baby and I leave the hospital?

Our midwife, Lisa, will be in touch with you upon your discharge from hospital to provide extra support during the transition from hospital to home, to help you settle in.

While you’re still in hospital with your new baby, we will organise a postnatal appointment to see Dr Nathan at 6 weeks after the birth. This consultation is so you can discuss your birthing experience, talk through your emotional wellbeing, and answer any questions about breastfeeding, future contraception, and similar.

With the current COVID restrictions in place, we are running a weekly virtual new mothers group online. Ask Dr Nathan how you can join, and meet your new support network.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring your referral, your Medicare card and private health insurance details, and any results for pathology or ultrasound.

If you’re able to fax, email, or send in your referral and other information ahead of time, this will help us to get to know a bit about you first, and will make your initial consultation much more specific to your needs.

Dr Nathan will be able to read your referral to prepare for your consultation.

How do I book in for my pregnancy?

You can call us on 9527 9000 to book in for your pregnancy. We’ll ask you for the date of your last menstrual period and calculate your estimated due date. We’ll then send through your booking to either Cabrini or Waverley Private Hospitals, whichever is best for you.

If you haven't seen your GP yet, it’s a good idea to do so and confirm your pregnancy. This allows you to claim back your Medicare rebate.

Then, we can book your first antenatal appointment to see Dr Nathan at 8-10 weeks. We look forward to meeting you.

What are your fees for delivery?

Our fees cover your entire pregnancy care, including all antenatal visits, Dr Nathan's on-call availability, midwife appointments, hospital visits, any extra appointments, delivery, and postnatal care up to 6 weeks after the birth.

Our pregnancy management fee is divided into two payments at 20 weeks and 28 weeks. Dr Nathan will discuss these with you at your initial consultation.

If you’re self funded, aren’t eligible for Medicare, or have an overseas health fund, give us a call or send us an email, and we can email the fee schedule to you.

Which hospitals does Dr Nathan visit?

For pregnancy and delivery, Dr Nathan is accredited to deliver babies at Cabrini and Waverley Private Hospitals.

For gynaecology procedures Dr Nathan operates at Masada Hospital and Holmesglen Private Hospital as well.

Can I have my IUD inserted at my appointment?

Depending on your circumstances, and if it’s suitable for your situation, Dr Nathan can perform an IUD insertion in the rooms. If preferred, or for patients who haven’t had a previous vaginal birth, we can book you in for a day procedure.

We’ll send you information prior to your visit in preparation for your IUD insertion.

The best time for insertion of an IUD is between day 5 and day 9 of your cycle.

Give us a call at reception, and speak with Justine or Sally to discuss any specific questions you might have.

What if I have my period on the day of my appointment?

This depends on whether your appointment is for a consultation or a procedure. As a courtesy, we prefer if you notify us ahead of time if you have your period. We can then tell you the best course of action. This may mean we’ll need to reschedule your appointment to another day.

For a colposcopy it’s always best to view your cervix when you’re not bleeding.

If you’re not sure whether or not bleeding is due to your period, please call our offices to discuss your situation.

What is your COVID Policy?

The advice on COVID-19 is changing constantly, so we will update you on our social media pages as new advice comes through.

Our current COVID-safe plan includes:

  • Asking patients if they have any flu-like symptoms or have been in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 to please reschedule their appointment.
  • Temperature check on arrival to the clinic.
  • Our staff regularly clean and sanitise all surfaces and wear PPE.
  • We also offer Telehealth appointments where suitable.

Currently we ask our patients to please wait in their car, and we call you in when we’re ready for your appointment, in order to minimise the number of people in our waiting room.

Book Your Appointment

Get in touch with us to book a consultation at a time and clinic that suits you. Either give us a call on the number below, or send us an email with your details and we’ll get back to you to confirm your appointment.

(03) 9527 9000
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