Practice Clinics

I am setting up the Woman's Health Bus - Te Waka Wahine Hauora.

I now practice in Cromwell and Oamaru.

I am available for private clinics at North End Health Centre in Oamaru

I am available for private clinics at Junction Health in Cromwell. Appointments should be arranged with them.

I undertake gynaecology, colposcopy and laparoscopy operating at Mercy Hospital in Dunedin.

For any appointments or questions, please contact me on 027 27 85 900
or email drhelenpaterson @ gmail.com

My mail contact is PO Box 74, Waitati 9069

Please note
  • Cromwell payments are organised by Junction Health, who accept all payments including pre-approval for southern cross
  • No card facilities in Oamaru.
  • Payments can be made by e-banking

Routine Pre-Operative Instructions.

You must not eat for at least 6 hours prior to your surgery.
You may drink clear fluids (e.g.water/back tea- coffee) until 2 hours before your surgery.

If your surgery is being carried out as a day case (you are not staying overnight) you need to phone Junction Health on the Wednesday prior to your surgery to confirm the time you need to be at Mercy Hospital.

If you are being admitted to Mercy Hospital (staying overnight), you will be seen at 5.30pm on the evening before your surgery by myself and the anaesthetist who will be caring for you.

If you are unsure about your pre-operative instructions please contact me via Junction Health.

Qualifications & Affiliations

Postgraduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching 

FRANZCOG (2008)

Southampton University, U.K. (1994)

MCNZ Specialist Vocational Registration – #28422

Research & Publications

Dr Helen Paterson has a public link to her citations available on Google Scholar

Debate Article, Pickering, N., Anderson, L. and Paterson, H. (2015), Teens and young adults should be started on long-acting reversible contraceptives before sexual activity commences: FOR: An opt-out programme would avoid teen pregnancy and associated costs. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 122: 1052.
www.dx.doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.13465

Invited Speaker: RCOG World Congress (Joint RANZCOG/RCOG Event) 13 April 2015
Contraception for Teenagers and young Women

Publication: NZCOM Journal, Issue 50, 24 April 2014, LMC Midwives' approaches to discussing nutrition
Sze Yin (Alice) Pan, Lesley Dixon, Helen Paterson, Norma Campbell
LMC midwives' approaches to discussing nutrition, activity and weight gain during pregnancy http://dx.doi.org/10.12784/nzcomjnl50.2014.4.24-29

Guidance for Healthy Weight Gain in Pregnancy 2014

Publication: New Zealand Medical Journal 11-April-2014, Vol 127 No 1392
Diana Fieldwick, Helen Paterson, Melanie Stephen, Angus Cameron, Richard Egan, Sarah McFadden, Justus Pienaar, Celine Sinclair, Toby Struthers, Kirsten Taplin, Clara Watson
Management of excess weight in pregnancy in Otago: a qualitative study with lead maternity carers.
http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/abstract.php?id=6093

Publication: New Zealand Medical Journal 11-April-2014, Vol 127 No 1392
Emma Jeffs, Benjamin Sharp, Joanna Gullam, Helen Paterson
Weight and height measurement: potential impact in obstetric care.
http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/abstract.php?id=6089

Publication: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: 14 March 2014
Ebner F; Wöckel A; Janni W; Paterson H
Parachuting and Pregnancy: What Do We Know About Pregnant Skydivers and the Risks They Are Taking?
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JSM.0000000000000075

Invited Speaker / Presentation: NZC 2014 ASM "Negotiating the Interface: Collaboration in O&G"
Weight and Pregnancy - Can we affect the obesity epidemic?

Poster Presentation: NZC 2014 ASM "Negotiating the Interface: Collaboration in O&G"
Jeffs E, Sharp B, Gullam J, Paterson H.
Women's knowledge and perceptions of the risks of smoking in pregnancy

Poster Presentation: NZC 2014 ASM "Negotiating the Interface: Collaboration in O&G"
Dr Alice Pan, Dr Helen Paterson
Obesity in pregnancy - A survey of New Zealand Lead Maternity Care midwives

Presentation: NZC 2014 ASM "Negotiating the Interface: Collaboration in O&G"
Agata Kesy, Helen Paterson
Joining forces with IT to audit maternal 'near-misses' using ICD-10-AM/ACHI codes

Presentation: NZC 2014 ASM "Negotiating the Interface: Collaboration in O&G"
Diana Feldwick, Melanie Stephen, Helen Paterson, Angus Cameron, Richard Egan, Sarah McFadden, Justus Pienaar, Celine Sinclair, Toby Struthers, Kirsten Taplin, Clara Watson
Management of excess weight in pregnancy in Otago: a qualitative study with Lead Maternity Carers

Publication: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 8 Aug 2013
Mira Harrison-Woolrych, Helen Paterson, Ming Tan
Exposure to the smoking cessation medicine varenicline during pregnancy: a prospective nationwide cohort study
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pds.3489

Poster Presentation: RCOG Congress 2012 Kuching Malaysia
Jeffs E, Gullam J, Sharp B, Paterson H.
Women’s perception of BMI and understanding of weight gain in pregnancy guidelines.

Poster Presentation: RCOG Congress 2012 Kuching Malaysia
Emma Jeffs, Joanne Gulum, Ben Sharp, Helen Paterson.
Women’s perception of BMI and understanding of weight gain in pregnancy guidelines

Poster Presentation: BJOG Volume 119, Special Issue: Abstracts of the RCOG 10th International Scientific Congress, 5-8 June 2012
Issue Supplement s1, pages 26–127, June 2012
Perinatal/Maternal-Fetal Medicine P1.046
Jeffs E, Gullam J, Sharp B, Paterson H,
Women’s perception of BMI and understanding of weight gain in pregnancy guidelines
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03376.x

Publication: ANZJOG Aug 2 2012
McDonald A, Paterson H, Herbison P
Registrar interest in obstetrics and gynaecology, a cross sectional survey
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01468.x

Publication Feature: Q&A Woman's Health – OandG Magazine Vol 14 No 2 Winter 2012
Coffey K, Paterson H
What do you do when faced with unexpected ovarian pathology at laparotomy for benign indication in a pre-menopausal woman?
http://www.ranzcog.edu.au/publication/oandg-magazine/editions/doc_download/1033-64-q-a.html

Publication: HCIRO 1 June 2012
Paterson H, Klemp D, Folland C, Briggs M
Electronic Maternity Facility Bookings. HCIRO
http://www.hinz.org.nz/journal/2012/06/Electronic-Maternity-Facility-Bookings/1049

Poster: RANZCOG NZ ASM March 2012
Paterson H, McDonald A
Registrar interest in academic obstetrics and gynaecology: a cross-sectional survey
http://sdrv.ms/MGe9rV

Publication: Feature Midwifery News March 2012
Paterson H, Jeffs E
Supporting women with excess maternal weight during pregnancy.
http://sdrv.ms/MheZLl

Publication: ANZJOG Feb 2012
Paterson H, Kenrick K, Wilson D
Teaching the Y generation obstetrics and gynaecology skills: A survey of medical students' thoughts on a new program
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-828X.2012.01415.x

Poster: RANZCOG ASM Melbourne November 2011
Paterson H, Treharne G, Hay-Smith J
Investigating the content validity of the Intuitive Eating Scale in pregnancy
http://sdrv.ms/P0yQ5A

Poster: ISOP Istanbul, September 2011
Paterson H, Harrison-Woolrych M, Ashton J
Continuation rates, reasons for removal and safety of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in New Zealand adolescents: a nationwide cohort study
http://sdrv.ms/P0yjR6

Publication: AJUM August 2011; 14 (7):31-33
Ebner F, Hanna N, Petrich S, Paterson H
Caesarean scar pregnancy at 19 weeks gestation
http://www.minnisjournals.com.au/ajum/article/Caesarean-scar-pregnancy-at--34

Publication: BJOG 2010
Pechtor K, Richards B, Paterson H
Antenatal catastrophic uterine rupture at 32 weeks gestation after previous B Lynch suture
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2010.02554.x

Publication Feature RANZCOG O&G Magazine, Vol 12 No 1 Autumn 2010, Pg16
Life as a new O and G consultant in the 21st century
http://www.ranzcog.edu.au/publications/oandg-magazine/editons/doc_download/353-15-life-as-a-new-o-and-g-consultant-in-the-21st-century.html

Practice Feature - New Zealand Doctor, 22 April 2009 . p27
IMMP study looks at Mirena use in adolescents

Publication: ANZJOG:2009;49:2:220-225
Paterson H, Miller D, Devenish C
A survey of New Zealand RANZCOG Fellows on their use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in adolescents.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.00973.x

Publication: BJOG 2009 - 116:713–718
Herbison P, Hay-Smith J, Paterson H, Ellis G, Wilson D
Research priorities in urinary incontinence: results from citizens’ juries
http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2008.02093.x

Publication: Contraception 2009
Paterson H, Ashton J, Harrison-Woolrych M
A nationwide cohort study of the use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in New Zealand adolescents
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2008.12.001

MMedSc Thesis 2008

The use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device in adolescents in NZ. University of Otago
Publication: Contraception 2007 - 76: 306-9
Paterson H, Clifton J, Miller D, Ashton J, Harrison-Woolrych M
Hair loss with use of the levonorgestrel intrauterine device.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.contraception.2007.06.015

Presentation: RANZCOG 2007 ASM - ANZJOG. 2008; 48: 112-118
Paterson H, Miller D, Devenish C.
Survey of RANZCOG Fellows practising in New Zealand and their use of intrauterine levonorgestrel-releasing system in adolescents
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/119387919/main.html,ftx_abs#ss7

Research Assistant 2007-2008
Pelvic Organ Prolapse Physiotherapy study (POPPY) Study Prevention of Prolapse trial (PREVPROL)

Presentation Links

Helen Paterson's Presentation to NZ College of Midwives 12th Biennial National Conference on 26 August 2012
Titled: Exploring Women's Experiences of Eating During Pregnancy
Can be viewed here

Emma Jeffs' presentation to NZ College of Midwives 12th Biennial National Conference on 24 August 2012
Titled: Weight, Height and their Impact on Pregnancy Care
Can be viewed here

Emma Jeffs' presentation to the Perinatal Society on 15 June 2012
Titled: Women’s Knowledge and Perceptions of the Risks of Excess Weight in Pregnancy
(Part of Master of Health Sciences at the University of Otago)
Can be viewed here