Research & Findings

Unveiling Insights: explore Sam's research interests, alongside important recent international literature

  • Recent publication highlights
  • Important international findings
  • Full list of Sam’s research publications

Recent Publications and Findings

Sam continues an active research profile. Her collaborations with the University of Melbourne, the Royal Women's Hospital, Mercy Hospital and Western Health, and the Julia Argyrou Endometriosis Centre at Epworth, enable her to continue important clinical research.

Endometrial hyperplasia and weight loss management

Obesity is a leading risk factor for endometrial hyperplasia, a precursor for endometrial cancer. Sam and Priya performed a systematic review examining the role of weight loss management in the regression of endometrial hyperplasia.
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Evidence for multidisciplinary care in pelvic pain and endometriosis.

Multidisciplinary care for patients with endometriosis is essential, though the exact 'formula' for how this should look is uncertain. Sam was involved in investigating trends in multidisciplinary care for patients with endometriosis and pelvic pain.
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The association between endometriosis and adverse pregnancy outcomes

Sam and her colleagues performed a narrative review examining the links between a pre-pregnancy surgical diagnosis of endometriosis and certain obstetric outcomes. This study is guiding additional long-term research.
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Recent Australian and International Publications of Interest

As a clinician and researcher, Sam enjoys remaining up to date with the Australian and international literature. The following papers are of interest, in both Sam's clinical and research work.

Endometriosis-associated pain and comorbid pain syndromes - gaining a better understanding of the complexities

McNamara and colleagues review the complexities involved in understanding endometriosis-associated pain.
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Adenomyosis and Endometriosis: what are the implications for fertility and pregnancy outcomes?

An important recent summary on the associations between endometriosis, adenomyosis, and pregnancy outcomes. Sam continues to investigate these associations with her PhD focus. Whilst there appear to be associations between endometriosis, adenomyosis and poorer pregnancy outcomes, the nature of the relationship between the conditions and outcomes are unknown.
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The ultrasound definition of Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is an important but poorly understood gynaecological condition. It has significant implications for fertility, and possibly for pregnancy outcome. Moreover, it is associated with heavy and painful periods, and is a leading indication for hysterectomy. Thus, reliable pre-operative imaging is important.
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  • Fang QY, Campbell N, Mooney SS, Holdsworth-Carson SJ, Tyson K. Evidence for the role of multidisciplinary team care in people with pelvic pain and endometriosis: A systematic review. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2023 Sep 27. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13755. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37753632.
  • Steele LA, Mooney SS, Gilbee ES, Grover SR. When you see nothing at all: Outcomes following a negative laparoscopy. A systematic review. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2023 Sep 22. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13749. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37737451.
  • Cingiloglu P, Mooney S, Readman E, McNamara H, Choong S, Stone K, Ellett L. A Rare Case of Intramyometrial Pregnancy. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2023 Jul 26:S1553-4650(23)00286-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2023.07.009. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37506877.
  • Mooney SS, Sumithran P. Does weight loss in women with obesity induce regression of endometrial hyperplasia? A systematic review. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2023 Jun 28;288:49-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2023.06.028. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37423122.
  • Schulte RL, Fox R, Anderson J, Young N, Davis L, Saxton V, Mooney SS. Medical management of retained products of conception: A prospective observational study. Eur JObstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2023; 285:153-158
  • Sewell M, Mooney S, Cvejic E, Stone K. The myometrial–cervical ratio: Can a simple sonographic measurement improve diagnosis of adenomyosis in a regional setting?Ultrasound. 2023;0(0). doi:10.1177/1742271X231164591
  • Young N, Quinlivan J, Fox R, Anderson J, Davis L, Mooney SS. Economic cost of secondary postpartum haemorrhage: A case-control study at a tertiary hospital in Australia. Aust N Z JObstet Gynaecol. 2023 Mar 21. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13664. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36944552.
  • Fox R, Aitken G, Mooney SS. Management of secondary postpartum haemorrhage: A systematic review. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2023 Jan 23;282:116-123. doi:10.1016/j.ejogrb.2023.01.023. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36708658.
  • Fox R, Anderson J, Young N, Davis L, Cvejic E, Mooney SS. Medical management of secondary postpartum haemorrhage: A prospective cohort study. Aust N Z J ObstetGynaecol. 2023 Feb;63(1):52-58. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13552. Epub 2022 Jun 14. PMID:35699126.
  • Stewart A, Gill G, Readman E, Grover SR, Mooney SS. Determining a threshold measurement of endometrial thickness for asymptomatic postmenopausal women: A tertiary centre case series. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Aug 21. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13604. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35989428.
  • Mooney SS, Gill GK, Readman E. Virtual clinics in gynaecology - Can we shorten the wait? A randomised controlled trial implementing a novel care pathway for postmenopausal bleeding. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Jun 26. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13573. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35754324.
  • Gordon HG, Mooney SS, Conroy IC, Grover SR. When pain is not the whole story: Presenting symptoms of women with endometriosis. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Jun;62(3):434-438. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13482. Epub 2022 Jan 29. PMID: 35092607.
  • Sloss S, Mooney S, Ellett L, Readman E, Ma T, Brouwer R, Yang N, Ireland-Jenkin K, StoneK, Maher P. Preoperative Imaging in Patients with Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis: An Important Aid in Predicting Depth of Infiltration in Rectosigmoid Disease. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2022 May;29(5):633-640. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2021.12.015. Epub 2022 Jan 3. PMID: 34990811.
  • Mooney SS, Hiscock RJ, Hicks L, Narula S, Maher PJ, Readman E, Pendlebury A, Ellett L. We live in a virtual world: Training the trainee using an integrated visual reality simulator curriculum. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Apr 8. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13521. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35394065.
  • McLaughlin EJ, Ellett LC, Readman E, Mooney S. Telehealth for gynaecology outpatients during the COVID-19 pandemic: Patient and clinician experiences. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Mar 23:10.1111/ajo.13510. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13510. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35322405; PMCID: PMC9111195.
  • McCaughey T, Mooney S, Harlow K, Healey M, Stone K. The use of the myometrial-cervical ratio in the ultrasound diagnosis of adenomyosis - A validation study. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Mar 10. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13515. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35274292.
  • Taylor C, Ellett L, Hiscock R, Mooney S. Hysteroscopic management of retained products of conception: A systematic review. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Feb;62(1):22-32. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13455. Epub 2021 Nov 9. PMID: 34751942.
  • Paul TD, Readman E, Mooney S. Tubal interruption and subsequent surgery for pain after endometrial ablation: A retrospective cohort study. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2021 Dec;61(6):934-940. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13425. Epub 2021 Sep 7. PMID: 34491577.
  • Mooney SS, Ross V, Stern C, Rogers PAW and Healey M (2021) Obstetric Outcome After Surgical Treatment of Endometriosis: A Review of the Literature. Front. Reprod. Health 3:750750. doi: 10.3389/frph.2021.750750
  • Stewart MJ, Richmond D, Mooney S, Esler S, Churilov L, Israelsohn N, Yang N. Diagnostic Utility of MRI Features of Placental Adhesion Disorder for Abnormal Placentation and Massive Postpartum Hemorrhage. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2021 Aug;217(2):378-388. doi: 10.2214/AJR.19.22661. Epub 2021 May 26. PMID: 34036809.
  • Mooney SS, Readman E, Hiscock RJ, Francis A, Fraser E, Ellett L. Botulinum toxin A (Botox) injection into muscles of pelvic floor as a treatment for persistent pelvic pain secondary to pelvic floor muscular spasm: A pilot study. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2021 Oct;61(5):777-784. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13396. Epub 2021 Jun 15. PMID: 34128537.
  • Mooney S, Roberts R, McGinnes D, Ellett L, Maher P, Ireland-Jenkin K, Stone K. The myometrial-cervical ratio (MCR): Assessing the diagnostic accuracy of a novel ultrasound measurement in the diagnosis of adenomyosis. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2022 Feb;62(1):110-117. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13434. Epub 2021 Sep 16. PMID: 34532849.
  • Conroy I, Mooney SS, Kavanagh S, Duff M, Jakab I, Robertson K, Fitzgerald AL, Mccutchan A, Madden S, Maxwell S, Nair S, Origanti N, Quinless A, Mirowski-Allen K, Sewell M, Grover SR. Pelvic pain: What are the symptoms and predictors for surgery, endometriosis and endometriosis severity. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2021 Oct;61(5):765-772. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13379. Epub 2021 May 24. PMID: 34028794.
  • Mooney SS, Grover SR. The persistent pelvic pain study: Factors that influence outcomes in women referred to a public hospital with chronic pelvic pain - A study protocol. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2021 Apr;61(2):E6-E11. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13289. Epub 2021 Jan 2. PMID: 33386748.
  • Gordon HG, Mooney S, Readman E. Introduction of the MyoSureLITE in an established outpatient hysteroscopy clinic. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2020 Oct;60(5):784-789. doi: 10.1111/ajo.13207. Epub 2020 Jul 22. PMID: 32696466.
  • Mirowska-Allen KL, Sewell M, Mooney S, Maher P, Ianno DJ, and Grover SR. The characteristics of women recommended a laparoscopy for chronic pelvic pain at a tertiary institution. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2019; 59: 123
  • Mooney SS, Hiscock R, Darcy-Clarke I, Craig S (2018). Estimating success of vaginal birth after caesarean section in a regional Australian population: validation of a prediction model. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol 2019 Feb;59(1):66-70. doi: 10.1111/ajo.12809. Epub 2018 Apr 19.
  • Sewell M, Churilov L, Mooney S, Ma T, Maher P, Grover SR. Chronic pelvic pain - pain catastrophizing, pelvic pain and quality of life. Scand J Pain. 2018 Jul 26;18(3):441-448. doi: 10.1515/sjpain-2017-0181. PMID: 29794266.
  • Mooney SS, Ellett L. Umbilical endometriosis: a potential encounter for general surgeons. ANZ J Surg. 2019 Apr;89(4):440-442. doi: 10.1111/ans.14118. Epub 2017 Aug 2. PMID: 28768362.
  • Mooney SS, Lee RM, Tong S, Brownfoot FC. Expectant management of severe pretermpreeclampsia: a comparison of maternal and fetal indications for delivery. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2016 Dec;29(23):3821-6. doi: 10.3109/14767058.2016.1147555. Epub 2016 Mar 3. PMID: 26940295.
  • Rasmussen M, Mooney S, Permezel M (2015). The Menopause. Chapter 51, Section 3.4 in Beischer & MacKay’s Obstetrics, Gynaecology and the Newborn, 4 th Ed. Elsevier.
  • Listijono DR; Mooney S; Chapman M (2014). A comparative analysis of postpartum maternal mental health in women following spontaneous or ART conception; Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 35(2), pp. 51 - 54
  • Mooney S, Tog C, Lim, HK and Sweeney T (2013) Chemical myofascial necrosis: a rare complication of laparoscopic nephrectomy. ANZJS; 83(1-2) 84-85

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