Nau mai ki te kawerongo mo te marama o Kohitātea. Welcome to the January 2019 PEN NZ iVe newsletter
Welcome to 2019! We are excited to bring you more news on the NZ ASM in this newsletter. There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes to deliver you a fantastic conference in a few months time.
The first quarterly round of committee meetings for the year is coming up from 24-26 February and the incoming Chief Executive Officer, Vase Jovanoska, will be joining us for the first two days. Please let Jane Cumming
know if you would like to meet Vase on the evening of Sunday 24 February in Wellington CBD.
RANZCOG won best Medical College expo booth at the Te ORA Hui-a-Tau & Scientific Conference held in Wellington on 24th - 27th January 2019. Many thanks to trainee Dr Kasey Tawhara who fronted the stand on the medical careers expo day, promoting O&G to young Māori doctors and med students.
Jane, Jude, Makiko and Lynn in the NZ office and your committees (New Zealand Committee, He Hono Wāhine, NZTAC and ASM) are here to assist members and advocate on your behalf to get the best possible outcomes for excellence in women’s health. Contact the NZ office
if you have ideas to share or would like to get involved.
2019 Annual Scientific Meeting - it's all happening!
Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future
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 workshops on the Tuesday and Wednesday prior and Saturday, Sunday following the ASM.
for further information.
Starting with the ASM theme Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future
, the ASM organising committee is planning an exciting scientific programme bringing you the latest research, meeting challenges head on and showing pathways forward, all moving towards excellence in women's health. The topics include women's health challenges, cultural disparities, transgender health and gynaecological malignancies among others.
We are delighted to profile some of our invited speakers.
Professor William Ledger
Professor William Ledger is the Head and Professor of the Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in the School of Women's & Children's Health at the University of New South Wales UNSW Sydney. He is a senior fertility specialist, obstetrician and gynaecologist and was the Chair and Head of the Academic Unit for Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at the University of Sheffield, UK until 2011. Professor Ledger’s key areas of expertise are assisted reproduction, particularly ‘Mild’ IVF, and gynaecological disorders including endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and premature menopause.
Joey MacDonald is a Community Liaison and Trainer with Rainbow Services, providing education and resources for staff of mental health services, developing their cultural competency in working with people who identify as LGBTTI. Joey MacDonald also works with community organisations to establish better connections across sectors and is building a network of Rainbow Champions in Auckland District Health Board mental health and addiction services. Joey’s interests include social justice and advocacy for mental health and wellbeing relating to gender, sexuality and diversity.
Dr Jade Tamatea
Dr Jade Tamatea is an emerging leader in endocrinology and thyroid disease in the Waikato region. Dr Tamatea is helping to develop equitable, evidence-based healthcare options for Māori based on a study of one of the largest cohorts of thyrotoxic patients ever gathered.
Dr Tamatea’s work has shown that the definitive treatment for an over-active thyroid is not as effective in Māori patients as in other cohorts. In 2015, Dr Tamatea was awarded the Ngā Rangatira Matahīapo Award by Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa, which recognises Māori doctors who pave the way and contribute to the learning of Māori medical students.
Call for Abstracts - make your contribution to the scientific programme!
The call for abstracts is now open. The deadline for abstract submissions is 6 March 2019. Key dates and submission guidelines can be found here
. All poster and oral presentations are welcome.
A diverse and busy workshop programme over 4 days has been developed and there really is something for everyone - from Expert Witness training and a Marae visit at Kirikiriroa Marae to workshops for Training Supervisors, GPs and a THRIVE workshop for trainees - it is a full programme. There are also clinical workshops on urogynaecology, OASIS, Advanced Laparoscopy and Chronic Pelvic Pain planned. See the ASM website
for more information.
If the busy scientific programme and Hamilton attractions aren't enough on their own there is always the fun social programme which the NZ ASM always delivers on. This year is no exception with a special conference dinner planned for Thursday 23 May visiting Hobbiton, as featured in The Lord of the Rings
and The Hobbit
trilogies! Arriving at dusk at the Hobbiton site you will be guided through the village before being seated in a marquee to enjoy the Hobbit's feast. After the feast, you will be able to take an exclusive night time guided lantern walk through the site. A truly magical experience with entertainment and music throughout the evening.
There is a welcome function following the conference opening and on the Friday evening at the conclusion of the scientific programme there will be an opportunity to get together with colleagues for a spot of bowling and casual eats. More will be revealed soon!
Stay the weekend before or after conference to holiday in Hamilton. The Hamilton and Waikato region is well known for its nature-based tourism, underground wonders, Middle-earth movie magic and iconic Waikato River.
New Zealand’s fourth largest city, Hamilton is easy to explore – visitors can take a stroll through the award-winning Hamilton Gardens, relax with a picnic at Hamilton Lake go on a river cruise or microbrewery tour. If adventure tourism is more your thing the Waikato region boasts Waitomo Caves, providing an underground playground like no other. The Waikato River is the longest in New Zealand, and offers great kayaking, cruising, trout fishing and jet boating options. If you prefer the beach Raglan, a premier surfing destination is only 45 minutes from Hamilton. South of Raglan at Kawhia’s Ocean Beach you can dig your own natural hot pool at low tide.
For further information on Hamilton and its surrounds see https://www.visithamilton.co.nz/
We hope to see you at the ASM in May!
Update: Guidance regarding the use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women
The Guidance regarding the use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women
, developed a few years ago as a collaboration between the NZ Committee and the NZ College of Midwives, has been updated. See Guidance regarding the use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women
under the subheading Resources.
Reminder: Mercia Barnes Trust 2019 funding applications due 1 March
Applications to the Mercia Barnes Trust 2019 funding round close on 5pm Friday 1 March 2019. Research fellowships in the area of women's and reproductive health are available up to a value of $35,000 each. The Trust specifically supports New Zealand research and emerging researchers. Application forms and the form for referees are available on the NZ page of the RANZCOG website
, along with information on the Trust. Please contact Jane Cumming
with any queries.
Successful Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshop
A successful Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshop was held in December 2018 with the workshop fully subscribed and a waitlist. For those who missed out and others who may be interested there will be an Expert Witness workshop on Tuesday 21 May, preceding the ASM in Hamilton. The workshops are facilitated by Claro Law
and explore what is expected and required from an expert’s report. Details of this workshop and others can be found on the ASM website
Applications to Auckland Medical Research Foundation project grants close 6 March
Project Grants from the Auckland Medical Research Foundation
(AMRF) are available to support medical research projects for up to two years duration and a maximum of $160,000. The Foundation's purpose is to improve the health of New Zealanders through funding high quality medical research. Guidelines for applicants are available at www.medicalresearch.org.nz/how-to-apply
. Applications must be made through the AMRF portal at www.funding.medicalresearch.org.nz
. Applications close at 5 pm, 6 March 2019.
Liam and Frankie Davison Award 2019 - please share with your networks
The Liam and Frankie Davison Award is named in honour of RANZCOG staff member and award-winning author, Liam Davison and his wife Frankie, a secondary school teacher, in recognition of their shared passion for nurturing and encouraging young writers.
Senior secondary students resident in Australia or New Zealand are invited to submit a piece of literary writing on an issue in women’s health. Further information on the award including eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the RANZCOG website
or email email@example.com
. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2019.
Early career Fellows Forum and Life Fellows commemorative dinner - postponed
The 2019 RANZCOG NZ early career Fellows Forum, to be held in February in Wellington has been postponed until later in the year. The Forum aims to help early career Fellows find their place within RANZCOG and will focus on how the College can best support Fellows. Following the 2019 Forum, Life Fellows’ contribution to the College will be commemorated with a special dinner and presentation of a commemorative pin to acknowledge and celebrate their Life Fellowship.
Save the date - Women's Health Update Day : Middlemore Hospital, 1 May 2019
Obesity in Women's Health. A growing issue.
Come and hear about how Obesity is impacting all facets of Obstetrical and Gynaecological practice and how we can tackle some of the issues. Talks will cover epidemiology and determinants of Obesity, interventions to reduce Obesity, impact in gynaecological surgery, delivery of Obstetric care and a multi-disciplinary focus including ultrasound and anaesthetic talks.
The team at Middlemore are unarguably the experts in this field and you will hear from speakers with a deep knowledge and understanding of the issues and solutions. As Obesity increases across all sectors of society, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists need to be ready to face caring for these women.
Life Fellowship renamed to ‘35-Year Fellowship’
The Life Fellowship recognition and award initiated in 2018 will now be known as ’35-Year Fellowship’. The 35-Year Fellowship is awarded to Fellows who have achieved Long Service of 35 years or more continuous Fellowship with RANZCOG, RNZCOG and/or RACOG.
To recognise service to the College and the health profession, these members will have their annual subscription fee waived and will also receive a 35-Year Fellowship pin at a regional function.
35-Year Fellows are still required to complete the Annual Renewal administration and CPD requirements while in active clinical practice.
All Fellows are required to notify the College when they transition to retirement.
FOR SALE - Obstetrics & Gynaecology practice equipment
- One gynaecology examination chair (electric) HUNTLEIGH Model Gynae 1
- Two basic examination couches, one with separate chest of drawers underneath, on wheels
- One colposcope OLYMPUS DCS500 on wheels
- One ultrasound MEDISON SonoaceX8 with 3/4D & TV probe, Sony photo printer and second (patient) screen
- One medical examination trolley with one drawer
- One ultrasound gel heater
- One electrosurgery machine (LLETZ )– FINESSE (Utah Medical Products Inc) with smoke evacuation
- One Autoclave MELAG Euroklav 29V-S
- Instruments for minor surgery
All equipment in very good condition. Suitable for a new or existing practice.
Please contact Michel Sangalli, Wellington for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
027 55 100 55.
2019 workshop dates
Please note the following dates for RANZCOG approved training workshops being held in 2019. Trainees wishing to attend should book leave as soon as possible. Trainees will be advised by email when registrations for each workshop open.
- Basic Ultrasound Workshop* – 1 & 2 March, Auckland. You can register for this workshop at https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/nz-uss-2019/.
- Cultural Competence workshop* (part of a course which also includes online modules) – 13 May, Christchurch (Please note that the deadline for this course has recently been extended from 52 weeks ‘Time in Training’ to 104 weeks ‘Time in Training’)
- Trainees’ Day - includes half day resilience workshop ‘Thrive’ – 25 May, Hamilton (following RANZCOG NZ ASM [add hyperlink] held from 22-24 May)
- Communication Skills Workshop* – 7 June, Auckland
- Research Skills Workshop – 8 June, Auckland
- Anatomy Workshop – 14 September, Dunedin
- Foundations of Surgery Workshop* – early November, dates and venue tbc
- Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop* – early November, date and venue tbc
Choosing Wisely Forum - call for abstracts
The call for abstracts is now open for the Choosing Wisely Forum: Continuing the Conversation on Friday 10 May 2019. See https://choosingwisely.org.nz/forum-2019/
for further information.
New Chief Executive at the New Zealand College of Midwives
The New Zealand College of Midwives has appointed Alison Eddy as its new Chief
Executive. Ms Eddy is taking over from Karen Guilliland who is retiring after 30 years in the
Ministry of Health news
Changes to Health Workforce New Zealand
The Ministry has created a stand-alone Health Workforce Directorate to strengthen the focus and capacity on health workforce issues. The Terms of Reference of the HWNZ Board are being updated to provide a stronger strategic governance role, with the Ministry leading on delivery of health workforce strategy, planning, analysis and forecasting, and commissioning. An announcement of the updated Terms of Reference is expected in April 2019.
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: Ways to help pregnant women avoid preterm birth; In vitro maturation in subfertile women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who are undergoing assisted reproduction; Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy; Oral and intrauterine progestogens for atypical endometrial hyperplasia; Hysteroscopy for treating suspected abnormalities of the cavity of the womb in women having difficulty becoming pregnant; Maternal probiotic supplementation for prevention of morbidity and mortality in preterm infants.
Please see the Events section of the RANZCOG website
for information on all local and international events. Highlighted events are listed below.
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. For further information email: email@example.com
Register here: ON TRACK Network Trial Development Workshop
2D/3D Digital Workshop
8 March, Christchurch
Demonstrated by Michael East and Olivia Smart
- Learn how to excise Stage 1 & 2 endometriosis, temporarily relocate ovaries, tie surgical knots intra and extra-corporally and minimise adhesion formation.
- Live surgical demonstrations in 3D imaging.
- Endo training using 2D & 3D cameras.
- Limited to 12 delegates.
- Workshop fee: $600.00.
To register your interest please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Choosing Wisely Forum
10 May 2019, Wellington
Choosing Wisely Forum: Continuing the Conversation
NZ Annual Scientific Meeting
22-24 May 2019, Hamilton
Theme: Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future
For further information and to register: https://www.nzasm.org.nz/
PSRH Biennial Conference
6-11 July 2019, Papua New Guinea
Theme: “Pacific Experience for Pacific Solutions in Reproductive Health”
for more information.
IIMHCO 2019 Global Summit
27-29 September 2019, Auckland
SOMCANZ (Symposium of Maternity Carers NZ) is now IIMHCO (International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organisation). https://iimhco.com/
For further information on the IIMHCO 2019 Global Summit see: Global Summit .
NZSOG Samoa 2019
6-8 October 2019, Western Samoa
NZSOG – 43rd Annual Conference at Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
For further information please email Astrid Budden at email@example.com
. To book please email Tracey Dench at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
24-26 October 2019, Gdańsk, Poland
Congress: Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
See Scientific Programme
Further information: email@example.com
In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the RANZCOG website
for trainee and Fellow employment opportunities.