Welcome to the RANZCOG NZ PEN NZ iVe newsletter - January 2019.
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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.

See https://www.nzasm.org.nz/ for further information.

Scientific Programme   

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.

Invited Speakers  

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 
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.

Social Programme   

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!

Linger longer

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!


Fellows outreach

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 or https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/Our-College/regional/nz/news-for-NZ-fellows-trainees 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 lfdaward@ranzcog.edu.au. 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 one@nothing.red or 
027 55 100 55. 

Trainees' news

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
*Mandatory workshop

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.

Upcoming Events

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: ontracknetwork@auckland.ac.nz 

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: sarah.jonson@obex.co.nz

Choosing Wisely Forum  

10 May 2019, Wellington
Choosing Wisely Forum: Continuing the Conversation
See https://choosingwisely.org.nz/forum-2019/.

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”
See https://conference2019.psrh.org.nz/ 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 buddenastrid2@gmail.com . To book please email Tracey Dench at tracey.dench@nztravelbrokers.co.nz

Serious Problems, Simple Solutions   

24-26 October 2019, Gdańsk, Poland
Congress: Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
See Scientific Programme
Further information: info@spsscongress.eu


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

Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Women's Health, CM Health

Applications close: 17th February 2019
Job Number: CMH04787

With a growing population base and a commitment to research, innovation and quality, Counties Manukau Health (CM Health) has many attractive opportunities. As big as CM Health is, we are a team of talented individuals working together to make a positive difference to the people we serve, to the communities we work in, and to each other.
We are currently seeking interest for Consultant positions in Obstetrics & Gynaecology for generalists, and those with a special interest which may be part of the generalist continuum, to become part of our specialist team. We are interested in a range of skills and experience in either part-time or full-time capacity, including acute after-hours work on duty.
You would work collaboratively with other Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Midwives and Nurses and, as part of this multidisciplinary team, you would provide support, clinical care and management for women in our diverse community. As we are also a teaching hospital you would be expected to teach and promote the development of clinical skills particularly with junior medical staff including Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) trainees. We are unique in terms of the diverse population we serve and provide a great environment for clinical practice, team work and career development.
Suitable applicants must be a qualified specialist in obstetrics & gynaecology by commencement of the position and therefore senior trainees who are near completion of training will be considered.
This is a great opportunity to be part of a work place where the community is at the heart of everything we do and you can make a difference in someone’s life.
You are required and hold, or be eligible for, vocational registration within this scope of practice with the New Zealand Medical Council.
If you excited about this opportunity and would like more information, please contact: Amy Varcoe in the Recruitment Centre on 09 259 3640 or amy.varcoe@middlemore.co.nz or apply on-line www.countieshealthjobs.co.nz
To view a copy of the Job Description please click here.

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.


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

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.

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

Jude Kaveney
Training Coordinator

Makiko Wimbush
Events & SIMG Coordinator

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator

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