What I offer you:


I have  more than 30 years experience in general medicine.  After graduating in 1986 and serving my internship at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, I was seconded by the Queensland Government to serve as the medical superintendent of Alpha Hospital in remote central Queensland. After 5 years service here I decided to commence training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest marks in the Royal Australian College of O&G first part specialist examination in 1993. During my 6 years of post graduate specialist training in the Queensland  Health Service, I served at a number of Queensland Hospital sites, including 4 years at The Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital, and also worked with The Flying Obstetric and Gynaecology Service in rural Queensland.

Since 2000 I have been in private practice at The Wesley Hospital, Auchenflower. During my career I have performed over 10,000 procedures, inserted over 7000 Mirena IUD's, published papers related to my area of specialty, given numerous presentations to postgraduate medical meetings, and served on the Medical Advisory Committee of the hospital. I am a clinical tutor for medical students of Queensland Universities affiliated with The Wesley Hospital, and was part of the medical advisory team that assisted the hospital in establishing our Clinical School, which is helping to train the doctors of the future.


In January 2018, I completed training and certification as a clinical trial investigator with Pharmaschool, to bring my clinical research skills up to date with the Good Clinical Practice guidelines of the International Conference of Harmonisation.

My years of experience in my field have given me the insight and knowledge to help patients suffering from heavy painful periods and other conditions find the most suitable solution to their complex problems, and my philosophy is that the patient, properly informed of all the alternatives, will choose the treatment that she feels is most appropriate to her.

My services include:

Colposcopy (for investigation of abnormal smears)


LLETZ procedure and cone biopsy for high grade abnormalities

IUD insertion for contraception and management of heavy periods

 Hysteroscopy for diagnosis of heavy bleeding, removal of polyps, and resection of submucous fibroids

 Endometrial Ablation for heavy periods


Laparoscopy for treatment of endometriosis, diagnosis of infertility problems and removal of benign tumours


Laparoscopic tubal ligation for permanent contraception


Laparoscopic day surgery for ovary cancer prevention

Menopause advice

Diagnosis of vulvovaginal disorders

Adolescent Gynaecology

 

I have operated with Professor Christopher Maher, pelvic floor reconstructive surgeon and urogynaecologist since 2000.

I have a close working relationship with the Gynaecology Oncology team (surgical and medical)  at the Wesley Hospital Auchenflower for the ongoing treatment of my patients diagnosed with cancers.

My patients who desire and need it have access to the Interventional Radiologists that perform fibroid embolisation at The Wesley Hospital.

My patients who become pregnant have access to the excellent Obstetric team at The Wesley Hospital  (I ceased Obstetric practice myself in 2004).

The Wesley Hospital is a private tertiary referral hospital with comprehensive services available to my patients. Learn more about it here.

Stopping the spread of the virus is vital to keeping the community safe. 


It is known that individuals can be infectious for 1-2 days before they show symptoms.


Therefore we have to assume everyone is potentially infectious.


We also know extreme social distancing is the best way to avoid infection.



Therefore, from April 20 2020,  some consultations  will be by telehealth. Specialist and allied health telehealth items do not need to be bulk billed (indeed bulk billing does not cover the cost of private medical services), however the provider must ensure informed financial consent is obtained prior to the provision of the service.   We will give you an appointment time, and inform you of the cost.


 My staff will need information from you such as your contact details and Medicare number, as well as your referral (essential for your medicare rebate), scan and blood test results, please make sure to send them electronically. My staff will take payment electronically  prior to the consultation,  and I will call you myself, so have your mobile phone on and by your side. I will be using FaceTime wherever possible (so access to an iPhone is advisable).



​We will process your Medicare rebate automatically to go into your nominated bank account if you have set up this up with Medicare. If you haven't the link is here.


If you need to come in for an examination or in-rooms procedure,  we will plan your visit to reduce the risk of infection. Normally we love having your support people with you, but to reduce the risk of being exposed to more people than normal we ask that you come alone unless it is essential a helper be with you due to a disability, language problem, or you are aged less than 18. Let us know before hand if you have a concern. Your support people are most welcome to join the consultation by FaceTime or on speaker phone if you wish, it might even be more convenient for them if they are working.


In-rooms consultation will be billed at the usual  rate of $215 for a new patient problem  and $115 for a follow up appointment, plus the fee for whatever in rooms procedures are necessary (for instance colposcopy and biopsy or IUD insertions) which our staff will quote you for at the time, and there will be a part Medicare rebate, which we will process for you. The bulk bill rate is much less than half the fee, so it is not possible to bulk bill these consultations  and run a medical practice.


​Please be patient with my staff  who are handling an increased workload and having to adapt to new technologies rapidly in order help you, as well as look after their own health and that of their families. Let's all show kindness and compassion to each other and we'll get through the Pandemic together!

​COVID-19 Pandemic and how we will keep helping you with your gynaecology problems, including information on fees.

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       Dr  Melissa  Buttini   m.b.b.s  franzcog

​      Specialist Gynaecologist