Welcome to the PEN NZ iVe September/October 2018 newsletter.
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Nau mai ki te kawerongo mo te marama o Mahuru/ Whiringa-ā-nuku. Welcome to the September/ October 2018 PEN NZ iVe newsletter

Cultural support for Fellows and trainees was provided by members of He Hono Wahine at their hui during October - this was a rich cultural experience for those involved. 

The next RANZCOG-hosted workshop for Fellows is on 7 December for training in report writing and being an expert witness. 

Your 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting organising committee is working collaboratively to get the best possible programme for registrants. The call for abstracts is now out!

Did you know that finding the NZ page on the RANZCOG website has just got easier with a new front menu 'our college'.  You can also reach the NZ regional office webpage at https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/about/regional/nz.

Please contact the NZ office (Jane, Jude, Makiko and Lynn) at any time. 
 

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the College's amalgamation

On behalf of RANZCOG President, Professor Steve Robson, Fellows are invited to the 20th Anniversary Amalgamation Celebration of the amalgamation of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RACOG) and the Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RNZCOG).

To commemorate the establishment of RANZCOG, festivities will take place at College House in Melbourne on Thursday 15 November 2018 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.
 
To confirm attendance, please email president@ranzcog.edu.au
 

He Hono Wāhine news

Hui

One of the ways He Hono Wāhine support Fellows and trainees culturally is through their annual hui. On the weekend of 5-7 October 2018 members of He Hono Wāhine hosted their annual hui at Onuku marae for a relaxed cultural experience for Fellows, trainees and their whānau.  There was kōrero around issues relating to Māori women’s health for He Hono Wāhine and the NZ Committee to prioritise in 2019 and cultural activities to participate in including contributing to a waiata for use by RANZCOG committees and developing a Māori name for the NZ Committee of RANZCOG.


Waitangi Tribunal Inquiry on Health Services and Outcomes

Two groups of Māori health leaders have launched a claim in the Waitangi Tribunal about what they say is "inequity and institutionalised racism in the health system". The two claimant groups are being heard in the Waitangi Tribunal as part of stage one of the national kaupapa inquiry into health services and outcomes.

See Wai 2575 - the Health Services and Outcomes Inquiry 
 

Celebrating Māori language - correct pronunciation of vowel groups in te reo

The following video link was given to all participants in the pilot cultural training course Utilising the Hui Process/Meihana Model in Clinical Practice.  It is an excellent brief guide to correctly pronouncing Māori words. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI0ST3CtIkE.
 

Fellows outreach 

NZ Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMG) Assessor Workshop

A workshop for NZ SIMG Assessors is being held on Friday 30 November 2018 from 12:00pm to 5:30 pm in Wellington. The workshop will be followed by dinner.

Dr Ben Bopp and Ms Melissa Brady will be joining us from the SIMG Committee in Melbourne.  The workshop is an opportunity to share knowledge with colleagues and improve assessment procedures. All current assessors, and anyone interested in becoming an assessor in the future are welcome to attend. For further information and to register please contact Makiko Wimbush.

The NZ SIMG Assessment panel maintains the standard of care for women in NZ through assessing the overseas trained doctors in partnership with the Medical Council of NZ (MCNZ). 
 

Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshop 

The Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshop is on 7 December 2018 in Wellington.  Places on this workshop are limited.  Please contact Lynn Gestro for further information.

An expert’s report is a vital element in litigation. An excellent report is also one of the most effective marketing tools that an expert will have in their career. The RANZCOG Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshops are facilitated by Claro Law and explore what is expected and required from an expert’s report.
 

Fellowship Updates 

Planning for the next Fellowship Update to be held throughout the regions is underway. We are still keen to offer updates about infections in pregnancy and post puerperal sepsis but cannot confirm dates yet. There is a lot of interest also in an update covering the factors contributing to pre term labour. For further information or if you have topic ideas please contact Makiko Wimbush.
 

Report on Reproductive Coercion in Aotearoa

Please link to the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges report on Reproductive Coercion in Aotearoa New Zealand.
 

PSRH membership

Annual subscriptions are now due for Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) members. You can now pay for your membership subscription online through the PSRH website by credit card via this link: https://psrh.org.nz/membership-account/membership-levels/.

Further information on PSRH and membership can be found at https://psrh.org.nz/membership/
 

Briefing paper on abortion law

The Law Commission has provided a ministerial briefing paper to the Minister of Justice, Hon Andrew Little, advising on alternative approaches that could be taken to abortion law if the Government decides to treat abortion as a health issue.
 
The briefing paper was requested by the Minister in February this year. It examines the criminal aspects of abortion law, the statutory grounds for abortion and the process for receiving services.
 
The ministerial briefing paper is available on the Commission’s website: 
https://www.lawcom.govt.nz/abortion.

If you have any feedback you would like to share on the Law Commission's briefing paper for your NZ Committee to consider please email the NZ Office ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz.
 

Call for Trial Proposals - ON TRACK Network Trial Development workshop

The ON TRACK Network is calling for submissions of trial proposals in maternal, perinatal and neonatal health to be included in the two-day ON TRACK Network Trial Development Workshop on 21-22 February 2019.  Translating a research idea into a successful clinical trial proposal can be a daunting task. The two-day ON TRACK Network workshop will help you bring your research idea to reality.

Proposals can be at the early concept stage through to ideas that are well underway but in need of expert input and additional collaborators. This is an interactive workshop rather than a lecture-based meeting. 
 
Trial proposal submissions should be submitted to ontracknetwork@auckland.ac.nz by Friday 16th November 2018. If you would like to discuss a potential submission in advance please contact k.groom@auckland.ac.nz.

 

Call for Abstracts - 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting 

The RANZCOG NZ 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting: Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future will be held in Hamilton from Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 May with pre and post workshops on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.  The ASM website has just been launched - see https://www.nzasm.org.nz/.

The call for abstracts is now open.  For key dates and submission guidelines see the NZ ASM website.
 

Mercia Barnes Trust 2019 funding round

The Mercia Barnes Trust invites applications for 2019 research fellowships in the area of women's and reproductive health to a value of $35,000 each.

The Trust was founded in 1994 by The Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and named after Dr Mercia Barnes, a recent President. The preferred option is for fellowships to encourage young medical researchers, but not exclusively. Smaller or multiple grants will be considered. As well as tabling a report at each AGM of the Trust, recipients will be encouraged to publish as well as report progress to colleagues in one of the following ways:
  • ASM presentation
  • An update through newsletters
  • Presentation to another appropriate forum.
Applications close 5pm Friday 1 March 2019.  Application forms and the form for referees are available from the office and will be on the NZ page of the RANZCOG website shortly.  For further information please contact Jane Cumming.
 

Thank you from Papua New Guinea

A message from Robert Jones at the University of Papua New Guinea:
 
“We have received the first lot of books with our ASM attendees and are grateful for what has been received thus far!  Please convey our sincere thanks to the College and those who have kindly donated!”
 
The NZ office would also like to extend a big thank you to all those who donated books. 
 

Trainees' news

Advanced Training Module (ATM) fellowship in contraception and abortion

NZ trainees who are interested in finding out about an ATM fellowship in contraception and abortion care for the first six months of next year, which could be combined with a job in obstetrics for the second six months should contact Dr Patricia (Paddy) Moore at Paddy.Moore@thewomens.org.au or call +61409678442.  Dr Moore is the head of contraception and abortion services at The Royal Womens Hospital and a visiting gynaecologist at The Royal Childrens hospital in Melbourne.
 

RANZCOG Prevocational Pathway (PVP)

The Prevocational Pathway (PVP) provides structured learning opportunities to prevocational doctors interested in a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. The pathway focuses on establishing foundation level knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology with a focus on preparation for the entry to FRANZCOG training programme.

The PVP provides:
  • Core knowledge and skills for trainees before they commence specialist training in O&G
  • Ongoing professional development for candidates who are in a transition period while seeking entry to the FRANZCOG Training Program
  • A defined educational framework that prepares prevocational doctors for specialist O&G training
  • Specific training in practical skills workshops relevant for the FRANZCOG Training Program
  • Five (5) points under the Professional category in the CV application scoring process for the RANZCOG Trainee Selection Process.
​In order to apply for the PVP, doctors must have completed and maintained certification of:
  • RANZCOG Certificate of Women's Health (CWH), or
  • NZ University of Auckland Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences in Women's Health, or
  • NZ University of Otago Postgraduate Certificate of Women's Health, or
  • NZ Postgraduate Diploma in O&G.
For further information go to https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/Training/Prevocational-Pathway or email pvp@ranzcog.edu.au.
 

Medsafe news

Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC) seek specialist clinician

There is a current vacancy for a specialist clinician on the Medicines Adverse Reactions Committee (MARC). Applications close 9 November 2018. See http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/MARC/Vacancies.asp

Successful applicants will be:
  •  working in clinical practice and have at least five years of clinical experience
  •  using their superior critical appraisal skills in their practice
  •  knowledgeable in medicines use.
This committee provides advice to the Minister on medicines safety issues.  For further information on the committee see: http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/committees/marc.asp.
 

Adverse Drug Reaction Campaign Week – 19-23 November 2018

The 3rd adverse drug reaction (ADR) awareness week campaign Reporting side effects helps the safe use of medicines for babies, children and pregnant women runs from 19 to 23 November 2018.

The campaign’s objective is to raise awareness of ADR reporting and increase the quantity and quality of ADR reports.
 

Ministry of Health news

Public Health Surveillance   

Link to the newly published Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Annual Report (2015). You can also access the report on the ESR Public Health Surveillance website.
 

Developing NZ’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy 

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) is leading the development of New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and would like to engage with leaders in health regarding the development of the strategy.  

In response to this MoH would like to invite leaders in the health sector including Iwi Māori, Pasifika providers of health, DHBs, PHUs, Primary Care, NGOs, health sector alliances and community partners to provide feedback on the draft Wellbeing Outcomes Framework and 16 proposed areas of focus for the Strategy. The Ministry will also be seeking feedback on specific areas of focus for health (such as the First 1000 days, mental wellbeing as examples)  gaining an understanding of what is working well across the regions and your thoughts on what can be done differently. More information about the draft strategy can be found on the DPMC website.

To register for one of the Child Wellbeing Health Sector Engagement Workshops being held throughout the country in November see: Child Wellbeing Health Sector Engagement Workshops or you can copy and paste this URL into your browser https://goo.gl/forms/vI8voKnBfZehdouI2

If you have any queries please contact sharlaine_chee@moh.govt.nz.
 

World Antibiotic Awareness Week 12-18 November

World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) runs from 12-18 November.  This year, New Zealand will mark the week with the theme, Together we can keep antibiotics working.

Resources:
PHARMAC’s Keep Antibiotics Working.
Ministry of Health’s consumer resources for antibiotic awareness webpage.

Queries should be directed to Dr Caroline McElnay Caroline_McElnay@moh.govt.nz, Director of Public Health, Ministry of Health.
 

Health Quality & Safety Commission news

Getting ready for the maternity early warning system

The maternity early warning system is designed to identify acute deterioration in women who are admitted to a hospital during pregnancy or within 42 days of birth (not routinely during labour). The system supports a safe environment for women and clinicians and includes:
  • a standardised maternity vital signs chart (or electronic equivalent) with an early warning score
  • a localised escalation pathway
  • effective clinical governance and leadership
  • appropriate clinical and non-technical education and training
  • ongoing measurement for improvement
  • an escalation process for clinician, woman, family and whānau concerns. 
Maternity Early Warning System
Maternity Early Warning System communications tools

Research Reviews

Research Review publications are intended for NZ health professionals.  To subscribe for free to receive a research review on a regular basis go to www.researchreview.co.nz.
 

Fertility Research Review  

In issue 18-2018 of the Fertility Research Review there are articles on: Futility of reproductive research in NZ; Day-5 vs day-6 embryos; Euploidy testing of day-6 morulae; Acupuncture does not increase live birth rates; Higher risk for severe maternal morbidity; Preconception diet and time to pregnancy; No impact of arcuate uterus on ART outcomes; Fertility treatment in ovulation disorders; Boxer wearers have higher sperm counts; Fatigue as a symptom of endometriosis; No benefit of gluten-free diet in IVF. 
 

Māori Health Review  

In issue 75-2018 of the Māori Health Review there are relevant articles on: Vision 20:20 and indigenous health workforce development; Ethnic inequities in IHD care in NZ; Taitamariki give positive feedback on SPARX.
 

Breast, Lung and Colorectal Cancer Research Review  

In Issue 7-2018 of the Breast, Lung and Colorectal Cancer Research Review there are articles on: Talazoparib prolongs survival in advanced disease; Exemestane vs tamoxifen in premenopausal breast cancer; 21-gene expression assay guides use of chemotherapy; Crizotinib prolongs survival in ALK+ NSCLC; Nivolumab + ipilimumab in NSCLC; TMB validated as a biomarker; Nivolumab promising in pretreated advanced NSCLC; Lung cancer data from NZ’s Midland Cancer Network region; RET fusions in advanced colorectal cancers; First-line FOLFOXIRI + bevacizumab for right-sided mCRC?;
Age affects oxaliplatin efficacy in perioperative treatment of rectal cancer.

 

New and Updated Cochrane summaries for O&G

Please see the latest summaries for obstetrics and gynaecology from the Cochrane Library at www.cochranelibrary.com on: Effect of partograph use on outcomes for women in spontaneous labour at term; Progestogen for treating threatened miscarriageArtificial opening of the cervix during a planned caesarean section before the start of labour for reducing postoperative problemsAcupuncture and acupressure for premenstrual syndrome (PMS);  
Treatments to improve pregnancy outcomes for women who develop diabetes during pregnancy: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews; Assisted reproductive technology: an overview of Cochrane Reviews; Perioperative interventions in pelvic organ prolapse surgery;
Surgery for women with pelvic organ prolapse with or without continence procedures;
Discontinuation of intravenous oxytocin used to stimulate uterine contractions in the active phase of induced labour; Risk-reducing surgical removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries in women with mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genesMethods for estimating blood loss after vaginal birth to improve maternal outcomes.

 

Upcoming Events

Please see the Events section of the RANZCOG website for information on all local and international events. Highlighted events are listed below.
 

Patient Deterioration NZ Conference 

29-30 November, Auckland 
Jointly hosted by the Health Quality & Safety Commission and the Australia New Zealand Intensive Care Society (ANZICS), this two-day conference will explore patient deterioration in the New Zealand context, including the New Zealand early warning score, communication skills for difficult conversations, and patient, family and whānau escalation. 

See www.hqsc.govt.nz for further information and to register.
 

ON TRACK Network Trial Development Workshop 

21-22 February 2019, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland  
Translating a research idea into a successful clinical trial proposal can be a daunting task. This two-day ON TRACK Network workshop will help you bring your research idea to reality. 

Further information: ontracknetwork@auckland.ac.nz
 

PSRH Biennial Conference  

6-11 July 2019, Papua New Guinea
Theme: “Pacific Experience for Pacific Solutions in Reproductive Health”
 

IIMHCO 2019 Global Summit   

27-29 September 2019, Auckland
SOMCANZ (Symposium of Maternity Carers NZ) is now IIMHCO (International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organisation).

For further information on the IIMHCO 2019 Global Summit see: Global Summit .
 

Vacancies

In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the RANZCOG website for trainee and Fellow employment opportunities.

Registrar - Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

Waikato DHB – full or part time (FTE 0.5-1.0)

Job Number: WAI05048
Start date: Negotiable
 
We are seeking a registrar to join our dedicated team. Our service is a great opportunity for you to gain experience in dealing with a variety of gynaecological conditions and treatments.
 
The obstetric service provides facilities and specialist care for local and regional patients requiring elective or emergency treatments.  We provide secondary services for the Waikato DHB region and tertiary for the Midland region. There are approximately 3700 deliveries per annum in the hospital and approximately another 1800 deliveries in the Waikato region - for which we provide secondary care. 
 
Our Delivery Suite has seven birthing rooms, an operating theatre, a three bedded recovery area and a two bedded high dependency unit. A Women’s Assessment Unit (WAU) of 12 beds is situated adjacent to the delivery suit and provides services to acute and semi-urgent pregnant women of greater than 20 weeks gestation.
 
There is a 24 bed combined antenatal and gynaecological ward and a 20 bed postnatal ward.
 
There is excellent access to a variety of gynaecological surgical theatre experience including gynae oncology, advanced laparoscopy and pelvic floor surgery, plus general gynaecology and elective trainees can be involved in tailoring a job to meet their needs.
 
We are searching for junior and senior obstetrics and gynaecology registrars, with at least 6 months experience working in this field, to join our existing team of RANZCOG training and non-training registrars. As a junior registrar, the emphasis of the clinical duty is management of obstetric patients with training by our friendly senior medical team (SMO and senior registrars), as well as regular gynaecology exposure with management of acute presentations and inpatient care. The senior registrar’s role has the added flavour of weekly gynaecology operating experience and regular clinic attendance. We work well as a team of RMO and SMOs in this department with plenty of weekly clinical meeting and interactive education sessions. There are several in-house training workshops in both obstetrics and gynaecology which we encourage registrars to attend. Several audits are in progress at our department, research is supported.
 
The afterhours roster is created with input from each individual registrar and the roster vary depending on skill set. The after hour duties are covered by two registrars and one house officer working on-site, except night duty which is covered by one of each. Part time employment can be arranged.
 
Registrar positions are recognised for the Integrated Training Programme leading to Fellowship of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
 
Interested parties are to apply online and should attach their CV, cover letter with up to date contact details and three references on the attached referee form.
 
With the introduction of the Vulnerable Children Act on 1 July 2015 all applicants will be required to complete police checks therefore at application we require;
•            two forms of identification (notarised), one being a current passport identity page
•            for those currently working in NZ please complete Section 2 of the attached Police Vetting form and attach to this application
•            for international medical graduates we require police checks from every country you have worked in for a year or more for the last 10 years.

Registrar - Obstetrics & Gynaecology 

Waikato DHB – full or part time (FTE 0.5-1.0)

Job Number: WAI05048
Start date: Negotiable
 
We are seeking a registrar to join our dedicated team. Our service is a great opportunity for you to gain experience in dealing with a variety of gynaecological conditions and treatments.
 
The obstetric service provides facilities and specialist care for local and regional patients requiring elective or emergency treatments.  We provide secondary services for the Waikato DHB region and tertiary for the Midland region. There are approximately 3700 deliveries per annum in the hospital and approximately another 1800 deliveries in the Waikato region - for which we provide secondary care. 
 
Our Delivery Suite has seven birthing rooms, an operating theatre, a three bedded recovery area and a two bedded high dependency unit. A Women’s Assessment Unit (WAU) of 12 beds is situated adjacent to the delivery suit and provides services to acute and semi-urgent pregnant women of greater than 20 weeks gestation.
 
There is a 24 bed combined antenatal and gynaecological ward and a 20 bed postnatal ward.
 
There is excellent access to a variety of gynaecological surgical theatre experience including gynae oncology, advanced laparoscopy and pelvic floor surgery, plus general gynaecology and elective trainees can be involved in tailoring a job to meet their needs.
 
We are searching for junior and senior obstetrics and gynaecology registrars, with at least 6 months experience working in this field, to join our existing team of RANZCOG training and non-training registrars. As a junior registrar, the emphasis of the clinical duty is management of obstetric patients with training by our friendly senior medical team (SMO and senior registrars), as well as regular gynaecology exposure with management of acute presentations and inpatient care. The senior registrar’s role has the added flavour of weekly gynaecology operating experience and regular clinic attendance. We work well as a team of RMO and SMOs in this department with plenty of weekly clinical meeting and interactive education sessions. There are several in-house training workshops in both obstetrics and gynaecology which we encourage registrars to attend. Several audits are in progress at our department, research is supported.
 
The afterhours roster is created with input from each individual registrar and the roster vary depending on skill set. The after hour duties are covered by two registrars and one house officer working on-site, except night duty which is covered by one of each. Part time employment can be arranged.
 
Registrar positions are recognised for the Integrated Training Programme leading to Fellowship of The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
 
Interested parties are to apply online and should attach their CV, cover letter with up to date contact details and three references on the attached referee form.
 
With the introduction of the Vulnerable Children Act on 1 July 2015 all applicants will be required to complete police checks therefore at application we require;
•            two forms of identification (notarised), one being a current passport identity page
•            for those currently working in NZ please complete Section 2 of the attached Police Vetting form and attach to this application
•            for international medical graduates we require police checks from every country you have worked in for a year or more for the last 10 years.

Advanced Training for Year 5 and 6 Trainees

Waikato District Health Board – Full time

Waikato DHB is excited to be able to offer advanced RANZCOG training for year 5 and 6 trainees in a number of specialist gynaecology areas including gynae oncology, minimal access surgery, urogynaecology and colposcopy. The unit has full RANZCOG accreditation and from Dec 2018 we will be training Core RANZCOG trainees. We are currently recruiting part-time or full-time, advance trainees or non-training senior registrars to start in December 2018 (or earlier if able) to fill the senior registrar job positions in teams managing high risk obstetrics with weekly operating exposure of a variety of gynaecology surgeries.

The obstetric service offers tertiary level care with over 5000 deliveries across the DHB per year. There are ample opportunities for Year 5 trainees to gain surgical competence in the advanced O&G procedures that require APSS (Assessment of Procedural and Surgical skills) by the end of Year 5, as well as completion of the colposcopy in-house assessment (IHA).

For Year 6 trainees, there is chance of gaining “acting-up SMO” experience on the delivery unit with back up SMO support as well as surgical mentoring to develop independent gynaecological operative experience in readiness for their future SMO role. Our base hospital in Hamilton is currently providing advanced training for four RANZCOG trainees, including one AGES Fellow and has previously provided the ATM (advanced training module) in urogynaecology.

The department has developed a strong teaching and training culture with protected weekly registrar teaching and multidisciplinary CTG education meetings. There are also monthly perinatal morbidity & mortality meetings, high risk obstetric meetings colposcopy and gynae-oncology multidisciplinary meetings for ongoing professional development.

Individually tailored schedules with special interest focus and specific training needs may be further negotiated with successful applicants. You are required to contribute to the Registrar after hour's roster, however we will ensure your training needs are met.

The DHB is happy to support medical education activity.

For further information please contact: Rebecca MacRae, Service Manager Women's Health Rebecca.MacRae@waikatodhb.health.nz or mob 027 216 1285.

Interested parties are to apply online and should attach their CV, cover letter with up to date contact details and three references on the attached referee form.

Only those short listed will be contacted.

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Consultant

Hawke's Bay Hospital – full-time 12 month fixed-term to cover leave.

We are seeking a Obstetric and Gynaecological Specialist for Hawke's Bay who shares our values of He kauanuanu - Respect, Ākina - Improvement, Rāranga te tira - Teamwork and Tauwhiro - Care.

Successful applicants will work with an enthusiastic team of Consultants, Registrars, Midwives and House Officers. The Specialist team provides secondary, antenatal and labour support to a maternity population of approximately 2,400 births per annum. On Call duties include responsibility for the delivery suite, acute antenatal and gynaecological assessments and admission, as well as supervising and teaching registrars and house officers within the maternity and operating theatre units.

Consultants take ongoing in patient responsibility for acute admissions as well as elective gynaecology patients. Successful applicants will also be expected to provide consultant led antenatal, gynaecology and colposcopy clinic services as well as working in the surgical wards, operating theatre, acute admissions unit, early pregnancy clinic and the emergency department. There may also be a requirement to provide outlying clinics from time to time.
The position requires a generalist Obstetrician/Gynaecologist. Applicants should have at least three years post MRANZCOG experience or equivalent, and will have prior experience in a Consultant, Fellow or Senior Registrar position.

Hawke's Bay hospital is a cohesive, dynamic campus located in Hastings. The women's health unit has a well-developed cooperative and effective management structure. The unit enjoys excellent anaesthetic, intensive care and neo natal support with a modern and well equipped operating theatre facility.

Hawke's Bay is a beautiful provincial centre on the East Coast of the North Island, NZ with approximately 162,000 population. It enjoys stunning scenery and a temperate climate with sunny dry summers. The district with approximately 162,000 population enjoys exceptional schools, restaurants and wineries and hosts frequent cultural events. There unlimited opportunities for outdoor and sporting pursuits. Take a stroll through the Hawke's Bay Tourism website and get yourself to Hawke's Bay!

This appointment offers unrivalled opportunity for a very interesting Obstetric and Gynaecological practice within a supportive and functional group of Specialists; all of this within an environment that demands a balanced lifestyle.

We are looking to appoint a specialist as soon as possible.

Overseas applicants should establish their eligibility for registration with Medical Council of New Zealand (http://www.mcnz.org.nz/)

To view the Position Profile visit: vacancies@hbdhb.govt.nz 

Advanced training opportunity, Exeter, UK

 
Please see below about an exciting Advanced training opportunity in the UK.  Contact Sarah Tout (touts@middlemore.co.nz) for an application form.

Come and spend a year with us and further your experiences of Obs and Gynae and the world!
We are a teaching hospital unit delivering 4200 babies a year and providing a wide range of specialist Obstetric and Gynaecological services. These provide a wide variety of training opportunities. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for an informal discussion to explore these further.
  • Cancer centre with three Gynae Oncologists performing all gynae oncology surgery with a large proportion being performed with a  minimal access approach.
  • A large proportion of our benign surgery is performed either vaginally or laparoscopically.
  • Endometriosis centre treating complex rectovaginal disease.
  • Urogynae service.
  • NHS run IVF unit.
  • Dedicated Emergency Gynae and Early Pregnancy Unit.
  • 60 hours of dedicated consultant cover with a passionate labour ward lead.
  • Maternal medicine service caring for women with diabetes and complex medical needs.
  • Fetal medicine service with telemedicine link to tertiary centre.
  • 2y level neonatal unit (27/40 and above)
Our department consists of 12 full time consultants, two associate specialists, eight middle grades and eight SHO’s. We are a great team and have had consistently good feedback from our trainees. This will be the second time we have hosted a trainee from New Zealand and are looking forward to repeating what was a great experience for both us and the trainee.

"Exeter provided an awesome opportunity to experience a similar health system, with its associated challenges, as part of a supportive & collaborative team. There were loads of opportunities for learning new skills, having new experiences & meeting new people both in & out of work." 
NZ Trainee

Exeter is a small city in the wonderful county of Devon. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and within easy reach of some great beaches. Granted the water might be a bit chillier than you are used to but lovely all the same. Exeter has plenty to do no matter what your hobbies and interests. There are also easy transport links to further afield, London is a 2 hour train journey away and you can fly to many European destinations from Exeter’s airport.

If you have any further questions or would like to have an informal chat please do not hesitate to be in touch. Ben Peyton-Jones (Ben.peyton-jones@nhs.net)

SMO Locum positions / Fixed term contracts

Counties Manukau Health

Dear Colleagues,
CM Health is one of the largest Birthing units in Australasia (7000+ per annum). We are currently offering a variety of locum positions/ fixed term contracts (with a view to possible extension with the right fit candidate to the department) over the next 6 months, offering a wide range of experience at senior medical officer (SMO) level with guaranteed SMO back-up. The positions will include predominately acute work, plus antenatal clinic experience, including diabetes in pregnancy, plus some elective gynaecology. Please express any interest to Dr Sarah Tout (touts@middlemore.co.nz) Tel 0211150505.
We are very interested in hearing from you.
Kind regards
Sarah

Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Waikato DHB, Fixed term until December 2019, Full time 
Closing date:  Open until filled
Job Number: WAI06226
Position description

 
At Waikato District Health Board (DHB) we are on an incredible journey to become the best Women’s Health Service in New Zealand. We want you to join us at this pivotal time of growth and change.  Every day you will have the chance to improve the health outcomes of our patients, while developing your skills and expertise along the way.  We are offering you the opportunity to balance a rewarding career with the great lifestyle you have always dreamed about.  
 
We are seeking enthusiastic specialty doctors and consultants to join our dedicated team in Women’s Health at Waikato Hospital based in Hamilton, New Zealand.  We are recruiting to permanent positions and encourage applications from generalists and those with a special interest.  A commitment to patient centred care and multi-disciplinary teamwork is essential.  Applicants must be both flexible in their approach and be willing to contribute positively to a service undergoing transformation. The applicant will hold FRANZCOG or equivalent and be eligible for specialist registration in New Zealand.
 
We have 5th and 6th year medical students from the University of Auckland and midwifery students from Wintec. We are looking to improve training for both undergraduates and RANZCOG trainees. Participation in training and teaching would be a key component of the job plan. Candidates with research interests could enjoy on campus support from the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical Campus and Waikato DHB’s Clinical Audit Support.
 
We provide a collaborative and supportive learning environment which encourages excellence and innovation.
 
Why us?
Waikato DHB is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary and secondary healthcare providers. We provide tertiary services to a region of 900,000 and secondary services to a local district of 375,000.  We have approximately 5,500 deliveries per year in the district and 3,500 of these are at Waikato Hospital.  Facilities include a seven bed delivery suite, two high dependency beds, a women’s acute assessment unit, antenatal, postnatal and gynaecological inpatient wards, a dedicated outpatients service and modern theatres.  The O&G team consists of 15 consultants, 15 registrars and 8 senior house officers.
 
Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city and is also one of the fastest growing.  It is situated on the banks of the Waikato River.  It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is close enough to beaches, mountains and forests for a range of outdoor activities.  Living in Hamilton and the Waikato region gives you reasonably priced housing, excellent public and private schools and an easy commute to work.  It has all the benefits of a big city without the stress.
 
If you are looking for a fabulous environment to raise your family or an opportunity for exciting outdoor leisure pursuits, then we would welcome your application.

Values
Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui
  • Give and earn respect - Whakamana
  • Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
  • Fair play – Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga
Staff Contacts
 
phone +64 04 472 4608  

Jane Cumming
Manager
jcumming@ranzcog.org.nz

Jude Kaveney
Training Coordinator
jkaveney@ranzcog.org.nz

Makiko Wimbush
Events & SIMG Coordinator
mwimbush@ranzcog.org.nz 

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator
lgestro@ranzcog.org.nz 


For advice on local matters, please contact RANZCOG New Zealand branch in the first instance.  If you need to reach the Australian branch an 0800 number is now available: 0800 170 133
 

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Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 
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Wellington 6143 
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