Professor Quinlivan is a senior consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, being a former tertiary unit director in several Australian States. She currently practices in private gynaecology at Barton Specialist Clinic and operates predominantly at Barton Private Hospital. She is the current Chair of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ACT Committee.
Her special interests are
- Adolescent gynaecology
- Colposcopy and cervical pathology
- Heavy or painful menstruation
- Vulval disease
Professor Quinlivan is a former Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of Medicine, Dean of Medicine and Dean of Health at the University of Notre Dame Australia and has current professorial affiliations with UNDA and ANU. She has published over 250 books, book chapters, original research articles and conference proceedings. Professor Quinlivan’s research has focussed on the prevention of preterm birth, adolescent gynaecology, colposcopy, social aspects of mothers and fathers health, and the psychosocial aspects of gynaecology especially in relation to endometriosis, PCOS and vulval disease. She covers both basic science and clinical research with involvement in the identification of novel bacteria implicated in preterm birth through her work on the global human microbiome project and manages a research team based in Peru to evaluate the vaginal microbiome in both developed and developing countries. She is a chief investigator of the Australian Father’s Study, a prospective study of 1000 fathers. She is the current Editor in Chief of the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology and on the editorial Board of the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Professor Quinlivan has also played a senior role in health services management as a Governing Councillor of North Metropolitan Health Service and subsequently as a Non-Executive Director of South Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. She has also played a senior role in the TAFE sector as Deputy Chair and Non-Executive Director of West Coast Institute of Training and subsequently as Non-Executive Director of South Metropolitan TAFE. She was also a former Non-Executive Director of Moreland Community Health Service in Victoria. She is current Director of the Professional Services Review, responsible for ensuring compliance with MBS and PBS services.
Professor Quinlivan also has been the Chair of the WA Clinical Senate, member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and held numerous medical and government roles to represent the profession.