• Caring for mums and new families at Hurstville Private Hospital since 1999

• Over 5000 deliveries

• Listening to your wishes and concerns to provide optimal personal care

Dr James Opperman

Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

The Early Years

James grew up in the Sutherland Shire and as the eldest of eight children he was surrounded by younger siblings, kindling his future interest in Obstetrics. He studied medicine at Sydney University and graduated with Honours in 1989.

Specialist training and working abroad

James undertook specialist training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he was awarded the F.J. Browne Medal in 1996 for first place in the membership exam for The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He was then appointed Senior Register at St Mary’s Hospital in London. In London he worked in the High Risk Obstetric Unit with interests in high blood pressure in pregnancy, gestational diabetes, and thyroid issues in pregnancy.

Obstetric Practice

James established his practice at Hurstville Private in 1999 with consulting rooms on site. Since then James has delivered over 5000 babies. James is a Visiting Medical Officer at St George Public Hospital.

Professional Roles

James is involved in training Medical Students from the University of NSW in their final years.


James lives close by Hurstville Private with his wife and three children. He is passionate about the “outdoors” and is regularly seen running in Oatley Park. Amongst his achievements are:
• 1998 London Marathon
• 2000 Sydney Marathon
• 5 Oxfam 100km Trailwalker events with family and friends, fundraising and achieving a best place of 2nd overall
• 2013 Western States 100 Mile run in USA across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Placed 1st amongst Australian entrants in a time of 22.5 hours
• Kokoda Trail with family and friends
• Ultra-trail Australia 50km and 100km events
• Multiple 6 Foot Track Marathons
• Motatapu and Tarawera 100km events in New Zealand


Practice Staff

Obstetrics Care

Delivering care, nurturing confidence

James will see you initially at about 8 weeks gestation. Your visit will include a medical history, dating ultrasound and discussing all your issues relating to the pregnancy. Many couples choose to have a screening test for chromosome disorders in the baby. This test is called the NIPT (non-invasive prenatal testing) test and James will discuss this with you further at the first visit (learn more about NEST here). RANZCOG recommends that all new families consider genetic carrier screen testing. Please read through the brochure on Genetic Carrier Screening (learn more about CGS here). James will discuss this with you at the first appointment.
Consultations thereafter are generally four weekly until twenty-eight weeks, then three weekly until thirty-four weeks, fortnightly until thirty-six weeks, then weekly until birth. If you have a high risk pregnancy, James will see you more frequently as needed.

James has three highly trained and competent midwives, Sue, Gina and Alex. They are able to address your more common pregnancy issues and liaise directly with James. They are available during business hours to help you with any concerns.

Our reception team includes Cathy and Jenny who work closely with James. They will answer your calls, make appointments and greet you in the rooms. If you have a concern after hours please contact Hurstville Private on 9579 7731 and speak with the midwife in delivery suite. If the midwife is at all concerned for you or your baby she will direct you to attend delivery suite and she will contact James.

James shares a weekend roster to allow him to spend quality time with his family. James works every third or fourth weekend and when he is not available his colleagues Dr Greg Davis, Dr Emmanuel Karantanis and Dr Trent Miller provide cover. They practice obstetrics in a similar way and keep each other informed of your individual requirements.

James delivers at Hurstville Private and in some circumstances, at St George Public Hospital. He is onsite at Hurstville Private every weekday. James lives just a few kilometres from the hospital, allowing him to be responsive and to provide the highest quality of care.

The hospital and the midwives have an excellent reputation in the community. You are supported with compassion and genuine care throughout your pregnancy, your delivery and the postnatal time in hospital – a time of learning especially for first time mums. PARTNERS ARE WELCOME TO STAY TOO!

Hurstville Private Hospital has a level 2 Nursery with excellent paediatric and nursing facilities. For further information see www.hurstvilleprivate.com.au.

Virtual Tour of Hurstville Maternity


James’ rooms are located on site at Hurstville Private Hospital. Entry is via the main hospital entrance in Gloucester Road or through the car park which is accessed via Millet Street. Please take the lift to Suite 10 on Level 1. Our office hours are 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday. To enquire or make an appointment, please call us on (02) 9570 5599.

Hurstville Private
Suite 10, Level 1 / 37 Gloucester Rd
Hurstville NSW 2220
P: (02) 9570 5599
F: (02) 9570 5099
E: [email protected]

After hours
If you have a concern after hours please contact Hurstville Private Hospital on 9579 7731 and speak with the midwife in delivery suite. If the midwife is at all concerned for you or your baby she will direct you to attend delivery suite and she will contact James.

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