Meet Your Melbourne Fertility Specialist
Introducing Dr Raelia Lew
Fertility specialist, Gynaecologist and the Director of Women’s Health Melbourne.
History and Experience
I grew up in Melbourne and completed my Medical degree at Monash University. I graduated with Honours in 2004, and later trained as a Gynaecologist and Obstetrician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.
I also completed my Masters of Medicine in Reproductive Health Science and Human Genetics at The University of Sydney in 2009. I then went on to graduate from a Doctorate of Philosophy in the area of Preconception Health Promotion and Reproductive Genetics in 2016. My PhD research was commenced at the University of Sydney and completed in Cambridge, UK.
As a qualified specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, I undertook further RANZCOG (Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) accredited Certification in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) training.
Fewer than 2% of Australian Obstetricians and Gynaecologists hold a CREI. It represents the highest level of Australasian post-graduate training in IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation, Reproductive Endocrinology, Advanced Minimally-Invasive Gynaecology Surgery, Comprehensive Fertility Care, Andrology (Male Fertility and hormone management) and Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
My passions are health promotion and education in fertility. I believe that quality education, delivered in the right way at the right time can empower women to make the best choices in life.
I’ve published widely in Australian and International peer review journals and have authored Australasian Guidelines on Preconception Genetic Screening and Elective Oocyte Preservation (Egg Freezing). I’m currently an associate investigator on a NHMRC Research Grant “Eggsurance”, creating decision making tools for women considering fertility preservation versus alternative family planning
I am a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. I’m also actively involved in medical student and registrar teaching at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.
A little bit more about me, I’m married, live in Melbourne and am the mother of two darling boys.