RANZCOG NZ branch happenings
We have only two more weeks until the Annual Scientific Meeting in Kirikiriroa! We have had an influx of registrations in the past week and the scientific and social programmes are being well supported. Attending the ASM provides a unique opportunity to upskill through the interactive workshops before and after the scientific programme - be sure to take advantage and register for OASIS, Chronic Pelvic Pain and others - you can read more about the ASM later in the newsletter.
Jane Cumming, RANZCOG NZ manager for the past seven years has decided to resign /semi retire and will be moving on to new opportunities from June this year. Jane has been an integral part of RANZCOG, working alongside and for the NZ Committee and He Hono Wāhine, ensuring RANZCOG NZ is at the forefront when it comes to improving the health of women and babies in Aotearoa. And the wheel keeps turning! In the past few months alone the NZ Committee has contributed and collaborated on a number of initiatives including safe sedation, ultrasound guidelines, and a new national maternity early warning system, among others.
New Zealand office staff, the NZ Committee and He Hono Wāhine are dedicated to promoting equitable access for all women to health services in New Zealand. We advocate on your behalf to get the best possible outcomes for excellence in women’s health. Contact the NZ office at any time.
Two weeks to go - register for NZ ASM now!
Titiro whakamuri haere whakamua
Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future.
We have only two more weeks until the NZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Kirikiriroa on 22-24 May 2019 with pre- and post-ASM workshops to pique your interest. For further information and to register go to www.nzasm.org.nz.
Conference session topics:
- Cultural disparities - moving forward
- Responding to women's health challenges
- Transgender health
- Gynaecological Malignancies - taking the long view
- Fertility preservation for young patients with cancer
- Prevention of Preterm Birth
- Genetics - the path ahead
- Endometriosis - new perspectives on management
Workshops - spaces limited!
- Training supervisors' workshop
- Urogynaecology – "back to basics; skills for the future"
- Marae visit - Te Kohinga Mārama Marae
- Advanced Gynaecology Laparoscopic Workshop
- Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury Surgery (OASIS) workshop - register
- GP and O&G workshop
- Chronic pelvic pain workshop for O&G, GPs and practice nurses
- GP and O&G workshop
- Prevocational Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (PVOGS) meeting
- Trainees' day and resilience 'Thrive' workshop
- Trainees' workshop on chronic pelvic pain and fertility
Register for workshops here: NZ ASM workshops
We had fantastic reviews on the conference app used at the 2018 NZ ASM and so all 2019 ASM delegates will have access to the 2019 ASM conference app prior to the start of the ASM. All updates throughout the ASM will be on the conference app so be sure to support this feature. NZ office staff will be on hand at the ASM to help you with any queries you may have.
Southern DHB staff fundraise for Cyclone Idai victims
From left: Dr Adel Mekhail, Dr John Woodfield and Dr Elliot Mackenzie are fronting the fundraising initiative.
Dunedin Hospital staff are banding together to fundraise for individuals impacted by the devastating Cyclone Idai, which recently swept through Southern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe).
The natural disaster has caused serious flooding and resulted in a humanitarian crisis, with thousands of people displaced without food or shelter.
The fundraising initiative ‘BIN IT FOR ZIMBABWE’ is being fronted by three Southern DHB SMOs with links to Africa – Dr Adel Mekhail, Dr John Woodfield and Dr Elliot Mackenzie.
Women's Health Clinician, Dr Mackenzie says it’s a desperate situation. “Aid organisations and governments are struggling to cope, so a small donation would go a long way. We hope to raise enough funds to be sent to a responsible organisation in Zimbabwe to buy food, medicines and clothes for those in need.”
Where to donate:
Staff can donate by placing any amount in an envelope and dropping it into the blue bin at the Dunedin Hospital foyer. Names can be included for acknowledgements. You can also donate via the BIN IT FOR ZIMBABWE Givealittle page https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/bin-it-for-zimbabwe-cyclone-idai-victims. Thank you for your support.
Expressions of interest - PROTECT train the trainer course
PROTECT (Prevention and Repair Of perineal Trauma Episiotomy through Coordinated Training) is a “train the trainer” programme, with the main goal being to promote knowledge of obstetricians and midwives globally in the management of perineal trauma and episiotomy through structured training with a view to minimising pelvic floor and perineal morbidity associated with childbirth.
The organisers, Abdul Sultan (United Kingdom) and Ranee Thakar (United Kingdom) will be attending the RANZCOG ASM in Melbourne in October 2019 and as part of the pre-ASM workshop programme on Sunday the 13th of October there will be two OASIS workshops and interest is being gauged whether there is demand for for Abdul and Ranee to run the PROTECT course for representatives from all the Australian and New Zealand DHBs, enabling each DHB to have an accredited expert to run their own OASIS courses locally.
The PROTECT course does require each participant to complete the hands-on OASIS course, complete the pre-course test module, attend the PROTECT course and produce photographic/video evidence of a live OASIS repair to support the person developing their local course materials.
Clinical Directors and other interested Fellows please express your interest to Dr Oliver Daly Oliver.Daly@wh.org.au. Further information on the IUGA PROTECT course can be found here https://www.iuga.org/education/protect/about-protect.
New FSRH international certificate in sexual and reproductive healthcare
RCOG’s Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH) has launched a new sexual and reproductive healthcare learning package, designed for healthcare professionals working outside of the UK.
The International Certificate of Knowledge in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare has been developed by leading sexual and reproductive healthcare clinicians with significant international experience.
Visit www.fsrh.org/ICK to find out more, or contact FSRH at email@example.com.
Health Systems Law Course
Designed specifically for senior clinicians, board members, chief executives, and managers working in the New Zealand health sector the University of Otago Health Systems Law Course, being held in Wellington from 26 to 30 August 2019 consists of 5 full days of intensive teaching made up of lectures, case studies and small group work, addressing the most important legal issues and challenges faced by the health sector. Numbers are limited to allow plenty of interaction with presenters and other participants.
For more information visit:
Save the dates: He Hono Wāhine Hui
He Hono Wāhine has confirmed the dates for the 2019 Hui. The Hui will be held from 2-3 November at Rāpaki Marae in Ōtautahi / Christchurch. The Hui precedes the LIME Network conference, also in Ōtautahi, from 5-8 November 2019. Reserve 2-3 November in your diaries now. All Fellows, trainees and their whānau are welcome to attend the Hui.
Reminder: OASIS and Chronic Pelvic Pain workshops available at ASM
A reminder to take advantage of the OASIS and Chonic Pelvic Pain workshops at the ASM. For further information and to register see https://www.nzasm.org.nz/workshops
Otago Postgraduate Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Postgraduate Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology is intended to provide support for Obstetrics and Gynaecology trainees to carry out research in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women’s Health whilst enrolled at the University of Otago for a graduate research degree, such as a Master of Medical Science (MMedSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It is desirable, but not compulsory, that the research be carried out at the University of Otago.
Further information on the scholarship can be found here: Postgraduate Scholarship in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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.
- 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 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* – 8-9 November, Wellington
- Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop* – 10 November, Wellington
PSRH 13th Biennial Scientific Meeting: Call for Abstracts
The Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) 13th Biennial Scientific Meeting offers you a fantastic opportunity to present your work to health workers, clinicians and researchers in the Pacific and Pacific-rim countries. The abstract submission deadline is 30 May 2019.
For further information please see https://conference2019.psrh.org.nz/
Health Quality & Safety Commission news
New national maternity early warning system aims to reduce maternal morbidity
A new system is being rolled out to help clinicians quickly respond to deteriorating health in pregnant women in hospital.
The national maternity early warning system establishes a consistent process and pathways for recognising and responding to a pregnant or recently pregnant woman’s deterioration. This is especially important for women and clinicians who move between different hospitals and different DHBs.
The system is a joint initiative of the Maternal Morbidity Working Group working group and the Health Quality & Safety Commission, with input from DHBs and relevant professional colleges.
By June 2020, the aim is for the system to be monitoring all pregnant woman admitted to hospital in Aōtearoa New Zealand, who require repeated observations.
See Maternity Early Warning System (MEWS)
Concept of whanaungatanga
Wi Keelan, kaumatua and cultural advisor with the mental health and addiction quality improvement programme at HQSC explains the concept of whanaungatanga
At the centre of this Māori value is the word whānau. As Māori we are very conscious of our kinship connections to one and other, and remain, to this day part of a network of families, sub-tribes and iwi. We articulate this sense of belonging in our pepeha. For the audience at hand, the pepeha locates us. It enables everyone to identify with us and who we are in relation to them.
Whanaungatanga requires that practitioners engage with the whānau of tangata whaiora Māori at every stage of any intervention. The whānau will offer up insights and solutions that will help them become more self-managing and better able to use their strengths to care for their loved one. When all the dimensions of tangata whaiora wellbeing are considered, the best outcomes follow. There is no one solution.
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: Yoga for urinary incontinence in women; Antioxidants for male subfertility; Vitamin and mineral supplements for women during pregnancy; Do vaginal packing, tranexamic acid, interventional radiology or other interventions control vaginal bleeding in women with advanced cervical cancer?; Perceptions and experiences of labour companionship: a qualitative evidence synthesis; Laparoscopy in diagnosing extensiveness of ovarian cancer; The effect of a healthy lifestyle for women with polycystic ovary syndrome; Support during pregnancy for women at increased risk of low birthweight babies; Use of computer or robotic technology to assist surgeons in performing gynaecological surgery; Ways to improve use of hormonal birth control; Guided imagery for treating hypertension in pregnancy; Oxytocin to prevent excessive blood loss for women during the third stage of labour.
Please see the Events section of the RANZCOG website
for information on all local and international events. Highlighted events are listed below.
Choosing Wisely Forum
10 May 2019, Wellington
Choosing Wisely Forum: Continuing the Conversation
Serious Illness Conversation Guide training
9 May 2019, Wellington
In association with the Choosing Wisely Forum
, the Health Quality & Safety Commission is offering a three-hour Serious Illness Conversation Guide training on the afternoon before the forum. The training helps clinicians feel more confident to have quality conversations with seriously ill people.
To register email: SICGadmin@hqsc.govt.nz
Further information: Serious Illness Conversation Guide training
Managing Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma (MOET) Course
9-11 May 2019, Wellington
The Managing Medical and Obstetric Emergencies and Trauma
(mMOET) Course is an advanced emergency management and resuscitation course devised by and for obstetricians and anaesthetists, with help from Obstetric Physicians and ED specialists. It is designed to improve knowledge, skills and confidence in dealing with serious and life-threatening medical, trauma and obstetric conditions in pregnancy.
For further information go to MOET course
MOET registration form
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. To book please email Tracey Dench at email@example.com
Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
24-26 October 2019, Gdańsk, Poland
Congress: Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
See Scientific Programme
Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
LIME Connection VIII - Pouhine Poutama: Embedding Indigenous health Education
5-8 November 2019, Ōtautahi / Christchurch
Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network are holding their 2019 conference in Ōtautahi / Christchurch with the theme Pouhine Poutama: Embedding Indigenous health Education
for more information.
Aspire Masterclass - Endometriosis
14-15 December 2019, Sri Lanka
This Masterclass on Endometriosis convened by Professor Neil Johnson (New Zealand), in conjunction with Professor Tzeng Chii-Ruey (Taiwan), Professor Yutaka Osuga (Japan) and Dr Rohana Haththotuwa (Sri Lanka) will examine the latest advances in endometriosis and give attendees the basic tools to develop a network of expertise for managing endometriosis in their setting.
In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the RANZCOG website
for trainee and Fellow employment opportunities.