About Dr Jill Orford


Dr Jill is a consultant Paediatric Surgeon with over two decades of experience in the specialty of Paediatric Surgery. She was raised in Melbourne and Perth, attended Methodist Ladies College in Kew, Victoria and Claremont, Western Australia, studied Medicine at University of Western Australia and graduated as a medical doctor in 1985.

Extensive public hospital experience was acquired during employment at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands, Hollywood Hospital, Fremantle Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital, Osborne Park Hospital, Kaleeya Hospital, and Derriford Hospital Plymouth United Kingdom.

In 1997 Dr Jill became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in the specialty of Paediatric Surgery after training at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Perth and Westmead Children’s Hospital NSW.

Dr Jill has significant teaching and research experience. She completed Doctor of Philosophy by research on embryology, teratology and clinical database studies of birth defects at University of Sydney in 2005.

During her medical career she has tutored medical students at University of Western Australia, University of Sydney and Notre Dame University. Advanced surgical trainees have been mentored during clinical training and many research projects. Other surgeons, who were supervised by Dr Jill, obtained post graduate research qualifications and received awards for best research papers at national and international conferences.

High quality healthcare and evidence based clinical practice are Dr Jill’s priorities in the delivery of service in Paediatric Surgery.

Assistance with advice on a broad range of general paediatric and neonatal surgery is offered. Telemedicine consultations are available for rural, interstate and overseas patients.

Urgent and early appointments can be arranged with access to regular private and public hospital operating lists.

Hospital Accreditation’s:

– John Hunter Childrens Hospital, NSW

– Warners Bay Private Hospital

– Lake Macquarie Private Hospital

If your child is sick, or needs routine surgery, then it’s important to find a doctor who specialises in working with children and the youngest of patients. Dr Jill Orford has many years experience as a paediatric surgeon, including working with neonatal patients, and works as a consultant in both private and public hospitals. When you visit Dr Orford, you can be sure of a caring, compassionate service from a professional who knows the latest advances in medicine, and can take the best possible care of your child.

Dr Orford consults with patients from many prestigious hospitals. Services she offers include routine surgery such as correcting tongue ties, circumcisions,  hypospadias repair, umbilical and inguinal hernias and correction of high testes. Surgery is performed on children from birth, and services offered include laparoscopic surgery for minimal scarring. When you are looking at paediatric surgeons in New South Wales, even for simple surgery, you want to ensure you find someone with the knowledge and skill to carry out the procedure, as well as a friendly demeanour to reassure patients. That’s why so many parents and caregivers trust Dr Jill Orford.

Based in Newcastle, NSW, Dr Orford offers early and urgent appointments, and for those who live in rural or international locations, she offers telehealth services so you can still use her extensive medical knowledge. With an accomplished career as a researcher and teacher, Dr Jill Orford is one of the leading paediatric surgeons in the region, and is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.