RANZCOG NZ Pānui - 27 August 2021


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and New Zealand currently in Alert Level 4 some decisions have been made about upcoming events and meetings, postponing some and moving online for others. We also have updated COVID advice to share from RANZCOG, the Ministry of Health and other health stakeholders. Please reach out to ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz or the relevant organisation if you require further information on anything in this Pānui. 

Affected RANZCOG events:

  • Early Career Fellows' Workshop – postponed to 28 November 2021
  • RANZCOG NZ Fellowship Elevation and Awards ceremony – postponed to 28 November 2021
  • Face to face component of the MIHI cultural competency course – postponed to 22 November 2021
  • RANZCOG NZ Women+ Health Summit – postponed. New date to be advised.
  • Trainee Ultrasound workshop – postponed to early 2022
  • Trainee Anatomy workshop – to be confirmed - will either be online or postponed to a new date.

Updated RANZCOG advice:

RANZCOG updates related to COVID-19 are ongoing. Please check in regularly to the RANZCOG COVID-19 Information Hub.

Ministry of Health updates

HQSC resource

New Zealand Telehealth Forum support 

The New Zealand Telehealth Forum (NZTF) is available to support RANZCOG members in the implementation and evaluation of telehealth across New Zealand. During the COVID pandemic NZTF has increased its support of clinicians to supply healthcare safely by video and other telehealth mediums.

Funded by the Ministry of Health, NZTF support is free to access with guidance and resources available. See https://www.telehealth.org.nz.

COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

New Zealand Registry of COVID-19 in Pregnancy 

Notify the registry for any COVID-19 in pregnancy case. Go to:

Reminder: Casual vacancy on Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku 

A reminder that nominations are open for the casual vacancy on Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku until 13 September 2021. See the RANZCOG website for further information.

Don't miss out! Applications closing 31 August for Young Gynaecologist Award

RANZCOG Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award

If you are a Fellow or trainee aged 41 years or younger the RANZCOG Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award (YGA) is offered in conjunction with the AOFOG Congress 2022. Further information and the application form are here. All queries to globalhealth@ranzcog.edu.au.  

Final day! RANZCOG Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Survey

The survey closes today. For more information see: https://ranzcog.edu.au/members/member-support-and-wellbeing/Discrimination-Bullying-and-Harassment-Survey.  

Enhancing mental wellbeing – Five Ways to Wellbeing at Work

The Mental Health Foundation's Five Ways to Wellbeing are:
  • Connect, me whakawhanaunga
  • Give, tukua
  • Take notice, me aro tonu
  • Keep learning, me ako tonu
  • Be active, me kori tonu
The Mental Health Foundation has Working Well resources to help workplaces prioritise mental health to ensure employees have improved wellbeing, greater morale and higher job satisfaction. See https://mentalhealth.org.nz/workplaces/working-well-guide-and-resources/enhancing-mental-wellbeing

RANZCOG Member Support and Wellbeing

RANZCOG is committed to providing support and resources for members to practice self-care, discuss challenges openly and seek help when it’s needed. Check out: https://ranzcog.edu.au/members/member-support-and-wellbeing to find out what services, networks and resources are available.


In addition to the following advertised vacancy please see the dedicated RANZCOG Jobs Board for Fellow and trainee employment opportunities. See jobs.ranzcog.edu.au

Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Consultant

Permanent 1.15 FTE (Full time, including on call)

Lakes DHB

We are seeking a generalist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, to join our team of 8 Specialists. This position is full time, however applications from specialist seeking part time employment will also be considered.
A special interest in minimal access (laparoscopic) gynaecological surgery is desirable but not essential. There would be an opportunity to develop a special interest which would be supported by the DHB. We have a stable experienced team and would be happy to consider applications from newly qualified specialists seeking a supportive environment to commence their consultant career.
The successful candidate will provide services in Rotorua and Taupo, participate in a 1:6 acute call roster and enjoy excellent support from our Anaesthetic, Surgical, Radiology and Intensive Care teams. The O&G Team consists of eight specialists (two job share), two registrars and dedicated SHO support. We also provide attachments/teaching for 5th and 6th year medical students from Auckland Medical School.
Lakes District Health Board provides healthcare for a population of 108,000 people through our hospitals located at the centre of the North Island of New Zealand, at two stunning settings next to Lake Rotorua and Lake Taupo. Rotorua, Taupo and Turangi are internationally acclaimed for trout fishing and Mt Ruapehu for snow skiing. The district is also well known for its other outdoor recreational options including tramping, cycling, mountain biking as well as lake and river water sports such as boating and kayaking. Rotorua is less than one hours drive from the Bay of Plenty coast that offers lots of sun, good surf, boating, fishing and deep sea diving. Rotorua is the tourist centre of the North Island of New Zealand.
The hospital has modern ward areas, ICU and theatres, and a state of the art ambulatory outpatient area for Gynaecology, to facilitate outpatient hysteroscopy and Colposcopy/LETZ.
Membership of RANZCOG (or equivalent) is required. Applicants must hold or be eligible for vocational registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.
For further information email Carleen Dahya, Medical Staff Recruiter carleen.dahya@lakesdhb.govt.nz ph: +64 7 343 8711 or Simon Ewen, HOD O&G simon.ewen@lakesdhb.govt.nz ph:+64 7 348 1199.
Closing Date : Open

Aotearoa New Zealand office  

RANZCOG NZ webpage

Catherine Cooper
Head of Aotearoa New Zealand Office
ccooper@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 886 0202 or 021 137 0748

Bailey Parata
Hauora Wāhine Māori Advisor
bparata@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 280 3972

Jude Kaveney
Training Advisor
jkaveney@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 886 0203

Libby Barnett 
Training Coordinator
lbarnett@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 280 3974

Makiko Wimbush
Events and SIMG Coordinator
mwimbush@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 886 0556

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator
lgestro@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 886 0559

Katie McFetridge
kmcfetridge@ranzcog.org.nz or +64 4 887 0201

Gerry Westhuis

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

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