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Professor Rebecca Kimble

21 September 2020

Professor Rebecca Kimble loves the dynamic, challenging and ultimately rewarding opportunities obstetrics and gynaecology offers.

“When I was a trainee, and as I evolved, the combination of the surgical, the medical, the leadership, it is one of these specialities where you can’t go wrong because there is so much choice,” Rebecca says.

“You can go into governance, into teaching and training, into academia, and you can still practise quite substantial amounts of clinical work.”

Patient safety and quality improvement

Rebecca is an experienced tertiary and quaternary Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Director of Queensland Statewide Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology Services at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Queensland Children’s Hospital.

She is the founder and Director of Queensland Clinical Guidelines, a program funded by Queensland Health and focussed on translating scientific evidence into clinical practice. Rebecca is Chair of the Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Network and has achieved, with network colleagues, the standardisation of evidence informed clinical practices, documentation, auditing, efficiency in patient flow and associated cost savings. She was founding faculty of the MaCRM simulation based obstetric emergency training in Queensland.
Rebecca is the Medical Lead, Quality Improvement in Clinical Excellence Queensland, supporting the CEQ teams to drive quality improvement initiatives across all specialties, with a focus on excellence in maternity services in Queensland.

Rebecca is also an Independent Health Advisor to the Commonwealth Government.

COVID-19

There is no doubt doctors will have to adapt to significant changes in how they provide care amid ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19, and Rebecca says one of the learnings is that “there is definitely opportunity for some components of obstetrics care, and particularly gynaecological care, to be delivered via telehealth and virtual services”.

“But we have to be very, very cautious and choose those episodes well, that we don’t inadvertently over- do it and forget the hands-on clinical component,” she says. “We always have to be driven by women’s needs and ensure they feel safe and supported.”

Rebecca says the College and President Dr Vijay Roach have provided support to states and territories across Australia, and New Zealand, in their response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. “It is like a family and the College has reached out and is engaging, proactively, and getting in touch with people, talking with people and valuing their input,” she says.

Message to trainees

Rebecca says her message to O+G trainees starting out their careers is to underline that there will be “ups and downs”. “But the thing that gets anyone through any career, this one particularly, is the ability to look after ourselves, each other, and remain resilient, make sure that you’ve got a good mentor, and ensure you have the support you need.”

“What we – as seniors, leaders in O+G – need to do is build a nurturing, psychologically safe environment for our trainees,” Rebecca adds.




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