Roselena Dawson from Blackwater with baby Chase, the first baby delivered by Dr Davenport in her new Rockhampton practice.
Roselena Dawson from Blackwater with baby Chase, the first baby delivered by Dr Davenport in her new Rockhampton practice. Rokadoctor

Australia's youngest gynaecologist comes to Rockhampton

ROCKHAMPTON'S newest obstetrician, gynaecologist has known she wanted to be a doctor since she was eight years old.

Dr Tanya Davenport grew up in Lockhart River, near Weipa, where the Flying Doctors visited once a fortnight.

"My brother broke his arm and it was reset a couple of times in our community, but when our cat broke its leg it was flown out," she laughed.

Dr Davenport began her medical degree at James Cook School of Rural Medicine's first intake.

NEW ARRIVAL: Rocky’s newest obstetrician/gynaecologist, Dr Tanya Davenport has set up a practice at the Mater Hospital.
NEW ARRIVAL: Rocky’s newest obstetrician/gynaecologist, Dr Tanya Davenport has set up a practice at the Mater Hospital. Rokadoctor

It took 15 years of study to qualify and until very recently, at 33 years old, she was the youngest qualified obstetrician, gynaecologist in Australia.

On Wednesday, Dr Davenport delivered the first baby in her new private practice at the Mater Hospital.

"I always wanted to work in the regions and having lived in Rockhampton before, it seemed like a good opportunity," she said.

"I'm not here to make an empire; it's just about giving women a different choice.

"Rockhampton has never really had a female obstetrician and a lot of patients are more comfortable with a woman."

Though treatments continue to progress and the program is set to change in 2017, that most dreaded of examinations, the Pap smear, is here to stay for a while.

"There's been lots of effort to find less invasive ways to do the Pap smears, but they don't come anywhere close to what we currently have," Dr Davenport said.

"In 2017 some women will go to five-yearly smears, some to three-yearly and some will be every year. It's all based on human papillomavirus (HPV) which causes 98% of squamous cell cancers.

"Around 80-90% of the population will be exposed to the human papillomavirus during their lifetime - it's like the common cold to the cervix."
 



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