Welcome to the RANZCOG NZ Pānui for September 2020
In this pānui: 


Next week is Women's Health Week in Australia - focusing on good health and wellbeing for women and girls. There is no equivalent week in New Zealand but we think there should be so RANZCOG is celebrating Women’s Health week in Australia and New Zealand.  Throughout the week there will be updates from experts in women’s health and on Wednesday 9th September a webinar panel will discuss ‘Equity in Women’s Health across Australia and New Zealand: Hearing Unheard Voices’. For more info and to register, visit RANZCOG Women’s Health Week webinar page.

As you know the 2020 He Hono Wāhine hui at Ōwhata Marae in Rotorua next month is now at the same time as the general election. You will still be able to cast your vote and attend the hui! RANZCOG NZ has approached several political parties for their policies and vision for women's health in Aotearoa. In our next Panui, we will share their response
s with you.

Amendment Bill passed re: updated definition of FGM

The Amendment Bill updating the definition of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Crimes Act 1961 has been passed.  The updated definition ensure all types of FGM are illegal in New Zealand and all women and girls are adequately protected from FGM. RANZCOG supported the bill. See Crimes (Definition of Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill

Changes for Choosing Wisely in NZ

The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) has advised it is ceasing its facilitation role with the NZ Choosing Wisely campaign as ongoing external funding had ceased due to the impact of COVID 19. CMC Chair Dr John Bonning advised CMC will continue to be involved in work related to the recommendations of Choosing Wisely means Choosing Equity research as part of CMC’s commitment to equity. The Health Quality Safety Commission (HQSC) will undertake several projects with remaining Choosing Wisely funding, including promoting the recently published resources for DHBs on implementation of Choosing Wisely and promoting the Choosing Wisely means Choosing Equity report

Health Research Council – call for proposals

HRC call for proposals: 2020 COVID-19 Equity Response

This initiative is aimed at ensuring that equity in health and wellbeing is at the centre of Aotearoa New Zealand’s preparedness for, and response to, current and future infectious disease threats.
Research funded through this call will contribute to the development of policy, services, and practice that ensures equitable health and wellbeing outcomes for our diverse communities during outbreaks of infectious diseases, epidemics, and pandemics.
Further information, including application forms and guidelines, is available on HRC Gateway. Registrations for this call close on 18 September 2020 (1pm). Full applications close on 25 September 2020 (1pm).


Support New Zealand research into women’s health

Support the GRACI Foundation - gynaecological cancer research

Established 10 years ago the GRACI Foundation aims to improve outcomes for women suffering from a gynaecological cancer by supporting New Zealand based research into this area. GRACI stands for Gynaecological Cancer Research and Clinical Innovation and is chaired by RANZCOG Fellow Peter Sykes. Visit GRACI Foundation page to find out more including ways you can support the foundation, such as making a donation.

Mercia Barnes Trust – research in women’s and reproductive health

The Mercia Barnes Trust (MBT), established in 1994, invites applications annually for research grants in the area of women's and reproductive health.Visit our website to find out more about the Trust, how to apply for research grants or to make a donation.

MCNZ news – RANZCOG Fellow appointed to Council

RANZCOG congratulates Fellow Dr Ken Clark on his appointment to the MCNZ Council last month. Dr Clark was one of two new appointments. Read the full Council membership here.

Southern Cross update – increased cover for health technology applications

Southern Cross advise they have recently approved cover under Southern Cross health insurance the following health technologies:
  • Robotic sacrocolpopexy – cover is available for Southern Cross members as soon as an Affiliated Provider agreement is in place (subject to eligibility criteria).
  • Hysteroscopic morcellating tissue removal device (i.e. Myosure, Truclear) – cover is available for members now (subject to eligibility criteria).

Southern Cross also advise they have recently declined an application to provide for Bulkamid in Stress Urinary Incontinence due to a combination of insufficient evidence to demonstrate the relative cost-effectiveness and an increase in cost to Southern Cross.

He Hono Wāhine Hui: 16-18 October 2020 - all welcome

All Fellows, trainees and their whānau are welcome and encouraged to attend the 2020 He Hono Wāhine hui at Ōwhata Marae in Rotorua next month. Apart from travel costs, the hui is free to attend, as catering, bedding packages and accommodation expenses are all covered by RANZCOG.  
The hui follows a flexible format. Discussion and activity may be held around the following:
  • He Hono Wāhine’s planning and priorities for 2021
  • Tikanga Māori: pohiri, marae protocols, history of the marae and region, whakawhanaungatanga
  • Waiata: learn our RANZCOG waiata
  • Māori health research: updates from those working with Māori in research
  • Tuakana Teina relationships: fostering the role model relationships between RANZCOG Fellows and juniors (trainees, PGYs, medical students)
Please register your attendance with Jude Kaveney jkaveney@ranzcog.org.nz by 11 September 2020

Māori Language Week 2020: Kia Kaha te Reo Māori

14 - 20 September 2020 marks Māori Language week. The theme is again Kia Kaha te Reo Māori. While there is a focus on raising awareness of te Reo Māori take the time to learn Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku waiata: Taku pā harakeke e, read the explanation of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and check out the resources on RANZCOG's Māori Health page, including useful Māori terms and phrases and a brief guide to correctly pronouncing Māori words. There is also the Aki Hauora App - helping the medical profession become familiar with Māori language commonly used in the health environment. Kia Kaha te Reo Māori.

RANZCOG webinar updates - recording available

The recording for the August webinar presented by Dr Praveen De Silva and Dr Robert Crumb: "Robotic surgery: a 2020 vision - how far has it come? What is its future?" is now available on CLIMATE.You can log in using your RANZCOG ID and password. 
Registration now open for September and November webinars. Visit our webinar page for more information.


Research Reviews

Research Review publications are intended for NZ health professionals.  To subscribe for free to receive a research review on a regular basis, visit Research Review.

Urology Research Review

In Issue 41 of the Urology Research Review there is a relevant article on: PFMT for incontinence in antenatal and postnatal women. You may also be interested in a free Research Review webcast by Dr Alvin Tan on Immuno-Oncology Treatment for Urothelial and Renal Cancer – see the Research Review website

PSRH/PJRH calling for case reports - impact of COVID-19

Pacific Society for Reproductive Health and PJRH seeking your case reports to learn about the impact of the COVID-19 on the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services in the Pacific region. The dangers of increasing perinatal and maternal mortality and morbidity remains real as we embrace sporadic cases across the few Pacific countries and the uncertainties created in those who do not have the infection. Prof Caroline Homer and the editorial team are putting together an article that consists of short case reports of cases and or how the pandemic has affected care in communities and populations. Please email your case reports by the 15th September 2020 to theresa.mittermeier@psrh.org.nz or caroline.homer@burnet.edu.au 

Upcoming NZ and online events

AOFOG webinar on "Vaccination in Women"

6 September 2020, 5 pm - 7.30 pm NZT (10.30am to 1 pm, IST)
This live webinar is hosted by Sexual & Reproductive Health (SRH) Committee of AOFOG. Sessions include the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare and vaccinations, vaccine development and current research and a symposium on the role of national societies and NGOs to promote vaccination in women.
Register for Vaccination in Women from here.

Advanced Laparoscopic Suturing Workshop

18 September 2020, Waikato Hospital
A practical workshop providing laboratory-based practice of advanced laparoscopic suturing skills using synthetic and animal tissue models. Aimed at Senior Registrars, Fellows and Consultants with sound open suturing and basic laparoscopic skills.The majority of time will be hands-on practice interspersed with a few presentation talks. 
RANZCOG accredits 7 CPD points under the domain of Educational Activities. 12 places available, $450 per registration. Registration closes 8 September 2020. For details please contact Dr Karena de Souza at karena.desouza@waikatodhb.health.nz. Proof of payment is necessary to confirm registration.


RANZCOG NZ Webinar Updates "Towards a safe, equitable cervical screening programme"

22 September 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
With Professor Bev Lawton and Associate Professor Lisa Whop. 
For further information and to register go to: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/.


RANZCOG NZ Webinar Updates "Treatment of urinary incontinence in women"

23 September 2020, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
With presenter Associate Professor Mike Stitely.
For further information and to register go to: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/.


Health Law Intensive course

21–25 September 2020, Wellington
The University of Otago’s Faculty of Law offers postgraduate-focused courses in Health Systems Law. This is of interest to senior clinicians, health board members, chief executives, and senior managers working in the health sector in Australia and New Zealand.
Further information: https://www.otago.ac.nz/law/postgraduate/healthlawintensive/.


He Hono Wāhine 2020 Hui

16-18 October 2020, Ōwhata Marae, Rotorua
For RANZCOG Fellows, trainees and their whānau. Increase your cultural knowledge and confidence in a supportive environment. For further information and to register contact Jude Kaveney jkaveney@ranzcog.org.nz. Registration closes 11 September 2020. 


RANZCOG NZ Webinar Update "Fertility update"  

3 November 2020, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, online
With Professor Cindy Farquhar. 
For further information and to register go to: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/.


NPM International Indigenous Research Conference 2020

18-20 November 2020, online

A Gathering of Indigenous Minds

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga are holding their 2020 Indigenous Research Conference online to enable Indigenous researchers and scholars worldwide to share their research via an interactive programme with live audiences and opportunities for Q&A, chats and social connections. 
Register at http://indigenousresearchconference.ac.nz/.


RANZCOG NZ Cultural Competency Course

Face to face workshop deferred to 23 November 2020.

Post-graduate course: Utilising the Hui Process/Meihana Model in Clinical Practice by MIHI (University of Otago)

Counties Manukau Health’s 2020 Women’s Health Update Day - Preterm Birth

25 November 2020, Middlemore Hospital

Preterm Birth - The goalposts are changing and so are the approaches

To register online go to: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/womenrs-health-update-day-preterm-birth2/auckland/otahuhu

RANZCOG NZ Annual Scientific Meeting

June 2021, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

He Kakari Taurite mo te Oranga Wāhine / Campaigning for Equity in Women's Health

More annoucements to follow very soon. See www.nzasm.org.nz for further information or contact Makiko Wimbush mwimbush@ranzcog.org.nz 


O&G Registrar 

Rotorua Hospital, Lakes DHB

We have an O&G Registrar position available from 7 December 2020 or if desired, 1 February 2021. We are very keen to hear from Obstetric & Gynaecology Registrars who are looking for a new challenge in an idyllic setting.

This post is an advanced training position, however we are also keen to have applications from any O&G RMO’s interested in a non training grade registrar position. 

You will enjoy a high level of support and training from the O&G Consultants and other senior medical staff, and will also have the opportunity to teach SHOs and students. As the advanced trainee you will undertake directly and indirectly supervised clinics, and attend at least two theatre sessions per week to consolidate experience in major and advanced Gynaecological procedures (including abdominal, vaginal and minimal access surgery), as well as undertaking general ward work.

The after hours on-call component of this role will be aligned to the O&G consultant’s on-call roster with the appropriate consultant support, and on call is one in five nights and week ends.

Your roster is such that you will have plenty of time off to enjoy all that Rotorua has to offer. Beautiful lakes, world class mountain biking trails, mineral pools and loads of outdoor adventure activities are what make Rotorua a fantastic lifestyle choice. Only 1 hour from the most beautiful beaches in NZ and 2.5 hours from the ski slopes.
ALL applications must be made online
All applications should include:-
  • Up-to-date CV and completed Lakes DHB online application
  • 3 x referee reports (one of whom must be your most recent supervisor). Reports must be received by the above-stated closing date.  
  • Please follow the link to the referee form. Lakes DHB will not contact referees – it is the applicants’ responsibility to provide references with their application.
  • References should be attached to your application.
Unfortunately, incomplete applications cannot be considered
Please click here  to view the Application Referee's report form - NZ based applicants
Please click here to view the Application Referee's report form - Overseas applicants
This is classified as a children's worker role, and is therefore subject to the safety check
requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014

Any queries, please contact:
Carleen Dahya, Medical Staff Recruiter +64 7 3438711: carleen.dahya@lakesdhb.govt.nz
Dr Simon Ewen, Head of Department, O&G +64 7 348 1199: simon.ewen@lakesdhb.govt.nz
Staff contacts

phone +64 04 472 4608

Catherine Cooper
ccooper@ranzcog.org.nz or 021 137 0748

Jude Kaveney
Training Coordinator

Makiko Wimbush
Events & SIMG Coordinator

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator

Katie McFetridge

RANZCOG NZ webpage

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