Dr Cade is in solo private practice and is on-call for your birth unless physically away. From March 2018 there is not a group roster for weeknights and holiday arrangements will be discussed well in advance. Weekend cover is shared with Drs Lionel Steinberg, Guy Skinner, David O’Callaghan, Nicholas Yule and Megan di Quinzio. Dr Cade will often stay on-call for his own patients over the weekend unless away.
Why choose private over public care?
The main reason to choose a private obstetrician is to guarantee a specialist is in attendance at your birth and to have your choice of which person this is. Australia is very lucky to have a comprehensive public health system that is fully government funded and overall health outcomes are very good. However, the system is reliant on trainee doctors (interns, residents and registrars) providing the bulk of the care under supervision from specialists (in person or by telephone). You are unlikely to know, in a public hospital, who will be present at the birth of your baby until it happens nor if your immediate care will be led by midwives, junior doctors, senior doctors or a combination.
Choosing a private obstetrician allows you to have that choice of person and to develop a rapport and relationship. If an emergency decision is required during labour or birth, you have the confidence it is being made by a fully qualified specialist and someone you have met and known for a long period of time. It also means you have the security of phoning someone with questions about your pregnancy that are not necessarily emergencies.
If you would like to have an appointment to simply discuss the pros and cons of private care, please call the rooms.