Dr Tony Richards is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). He trained at Adelaide University, completing a Bachelor Medicine and Bachelor Surgery in 1999. Following internship and residency in Adelaide hospitals, he began specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
Following six years of training, Dr Richards was awarded a Fellowship and commenced three years’ Sub-Specialty Training in Gynaecological Oncology which he undertook at Royal Pince Alfred Hospital, the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and the Peritonectomy and Liver Unit at St George Hospital. He received his Certificate in Gynaecological Oncology in July 2015. He also has Masters degrees in Reproductive Medicine and Business Administration.
Dr Richards has a special interest in gynaecological cancer and cervical dysplasia, as well as general gynaecology, infertility and menopause/contraception. He enjoys teaching trainees and is an Examiner at RANZCOG. He has published a number of papers and articles in various journals, has a keen interest in research and is a peer reviewer for two international journals. He is also a member of the Australian and New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group, participating in the Ovarian cancer tumour workgroup.
Outside of work, he enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with his two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
Phone: + 612 8068 6572
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Holdsworth House Medical Practice
26 College Street
Sydney NSW 2010
Q&A with Dr Anthony Richards
What is your title?
VMO Gynaecologic Oncologist.
What training have you completed?
Obstetrics and Gynaecology training with RANZCOG at RPA Hospital (6 years), Gynaecology Oncology training with RANZCOG at RPA Hospital, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and St George Hospital (3 years).
My first job was…
Waiting tables at Sizzler!!!
To explain to people what I do I say…
I am a gynaecologist with a special interest in looking after women with cancer or precancer of the genital organs.
What is the hardest part about your job?
Dealing with patients who are anxious and stressed about their clinical issues.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
How long have you been working at Lifehouse?
I was working here as a fellow from the day Lifehouse opened (November 2013) until February 2015. After completing my training, I have been a VMO at Lifehouse since August 2016.
What attracted you to working at Lifehouse?
The integrated nature of care that is provided for patients by a dedicated group of staff at all levels.
My biggest achievement so far…
Having the privilege of participating in the medical care of patients and completing my medical degree and fellowships.
To unwind at the end of the day I…
Spend time with my two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and enjoy cooking and gardening.
Can you describe the role you play in people’s cancer journey?
I am a gynaecological cancer surgeon – if a patient requires an operation, I am one of the surgical team.
Why did you choose this field of work? What does it offer to others and to you?
Having the privilege to provide surgical procedures for women with gynaecological cancer is exceptionally rewarding and to have the opportunity to effect cure or provide improvement in women’s quality of life is the reason why I chose this field.
Do you work in an interdisciplinary team, and how does this help or hinder your part in treatment?
Multidisciplinary teams are essential for holistic care of cancer patients. All members provide a different perspective on aspects of care that can be provided to all patients. The outcomes for patients managed by these teams are superior to those that are not.
Can you tell us about a particular patient who has had an impact on you?
My father was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in 2011. As a family member, I watched him go through chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a massive surgery. It wasn’t always pretty, nor was it easy, but it really showed me what patients undergoing treatment go through and how it affects their family. It has allowed me a better understanding of what my patients go through.