School of Medicine
University of Adelaide
Professor Symonds was born Adelaide in 1959 but moved to the UK in 1972. He qualified with the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in the United Kingdom in 1983 and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Medicine for research on the application of monoclonal antibodies in ovarian cancer in 1995.
After completing his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology he was appointed as a clinical senior lecturer in Derby, UK in 1998 before moving to Newcastle, NSW in 2004 as the Head of the Discipline of Reproductive medicine. In addition to being the course co-ordinator for Obstetrics and Gynaecology he was Dean of Medicine and Head of School at the University of Newcastle before his appointment as Dean of Medicine and Head of Adelaide Medical School in October 2015. He is Vice-President and chair of the education and assessment committee for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Vice-President of Medical Deans of Australia and New Zealand. He holds an appointment as a visiting medical specialist in obstetrics at the Womens and Childrens Hospital.
Professor Symonds has experience in the development of educational programmes in inter-professional learning, primary care based learning, distance learning and overseas study. He was closely involved in the setting up of a new Graduate Entry Medical course in Nottingham and the Joint Medical Program in NSW. He has been a lead investigator on projects including fetal monitoring, gynaecological cancer and medical education and is currently CI on 2 NHMRC project grants. He is editor in chief of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as a number of undergraduate textbooks and has a master’s degree in clinical education.