Dr Shavi
Obstetrician // Gynaecologist

MBBS(Hons.) BMedSc(Hons.) FRANZCOG
Monash University

What I Offer

General and High Risk Obstetrics

General Gynaecology


Individualised care of your pregnancy

Menstrual dysfunction and operative gynaecology

Expert management of abnormal Pap smears

I have significant expertise in both general and
high-risk obstetrics including (but not limited to) support for uncomplicated pregnancies and normal deliveries, vaginal births after caesarean (VBAC), twins and multiple gestations, maternal medical conditions and pregnancies following fertility treatment.
  ​From providing advice on the best contraceptive measures for your individual situation,
to performing complicated major abdominal operations,
I have a vast range of experience.
In addition, when medically appropriate, I can perform
key-hole surgery for many conditions, which may reduce post-operative pain and improve recovery time.
Certified in Specialised colposcopy by the Royal Australian College
of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and having completed additional training in colposcopy,
I am well-equipped
to provide expert diagnosis and management
of pap-smear abnormalities.

Jade, Dylan and Violet

My Passion

What I stand for
I am committed to providing excellent and individualised obstetric and gynaecological care. And, believe it or not, I actually enjoy getting out of bed
in the middle of the night to support you in bringing new life into the world!
I look forward to seeing the glowing faces of the mothers, fathers and families immediately after a new birth, and of course seeing the babies I help to deliver.
This is why I love doing what I do.

This same commitment extends to my gynaecological care, where a positive outcome for you is my only goal. Wherever possible and medically appropriate,

I will treat gynaecological conditions with non-surgical measures, as these may
be all that is required. If surgery is required, I will provide this with exceptional skill and precision, and ensure you are fully informed. Having trained locally at Monash Health, I have many years' experience in performing complicated gynaecological procedures.

I decided to become an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist after realising what

a fantastic profession it is; no other medical specialty allows one to help to bring life into this world safely and without incident. As a father, I acknowledge how important this time in your life is for you and your family and have a genuine respect for the individuality of pregnancy and birth needs. I have always understood that what works for one person may not work for another, and I carry this into my practice every day. My number one priority has always been the health and wellbeing of my patients and their babies. My objective is always to assist you in achieving the birth that you desire, while maintaining safety for both you and your baby.
Happy mother with new baby
'...My objective is to assist you in achieving the birth that you desire, while maintaining safety for both you and your baby'

Jess, Andy and Zara

My Experience

I graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with Honours from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) together with a Bachelor 
of Medical Science with First-Class Honours - MBBS(Hons.) BMedSc(Hons.)

Following my internship at Monash Health, I completed the 6 year specialty training program with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), and am 
also completing a PhD in infertility and gynaecology with Monash University in collaboration with Monash IVF. I was awarded a prestigious NHMRC PhD research fellowship to assist with this project.

I am one of few clinicians to concurrently hold a position as a specialist in both the Obstetric and Gynaecology departments with Monash Health, the largest provider of maternity services in Victoria. Amongst other duties, I supervise and operate on ‘high risk’ Caesarean sections at Monash Medical Centre, including the most complicated Caesarean deliveries that are performed at our hospital. 

Finally, as an Adjunct Lecturer at Monash University, I am heavily involved
in the training and advancement of the next generation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. This not only helps to keep my practice up to date and relevant, but also means that I have developed an excellent ability to explain complex medical terms in easy to understand language.

When not at work, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and my boisterous daughter.
Happy expectant mother
'...I have an excellent ability to explain complex medical terms in easy to understand language.'

Your Experience

  1. When should I book in to see the obstetrician?
    This largely depends on your level of risk. If it is your first baby and you have no existing medical conditions, it is often safe to first see your obstetrician around 9-10 weeks. If you have previously had complications, it is advisable to see your obstetrician around 6 weeks or even before you plan to get pregnant.
  1. When should I call the hospital?
    You should call the hospital if you experience any of the following: - vaginal bleeding - breaking of your waters - contractions that are 5 minutes apart and regular - if you are concerned about the wellbeing of your baby or yourself
  1. What am I not allowed to eat?
    It is best to avoid soft cheeses and deli meats (uncooked) as well as pre-prepared salads and raw eggs. This is because of the risk of Listeria – a rare infection that can have an impact on your pregnancy. Food should always be freshly prepared or fully cooked through, this includes meats and seafood. Always maintain standards of hygiene.
Happy father and baby
  1. Am I still allowed to go on holidays?
    Yes. The ideal time to travel on a plane is between 15 and 24 weeks. However, you can travel before or after this time as well, just check with your obstetrician. Be sure to check with your airline and your travel insurance. For long-haul flights, I recommend staying well hydrated and moving around the plane often to prevent blood clots.


I have published over 10 papers in leading obstetrics and gynaecology journals in the following areas:
- Endometriosis
- Infertility
- Urogynaecology
- Contraception

I have also given a number of oral presentations at both international and national obstetrics and gynaecological conferences.

For more details about my research experience: Click here

To see my comments about recently reviewed research which you may have heard about in the media, visit my Facebook page
- Upcoming changes to cervical screening (pap smears) 
- Does induction of labour increase Caesarean section rate?

Dr Shavi Fernando

Make An Appointment

Private practice

Where I deliver


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from 9am to 5pm

03 85457200
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