Nau mai ki te kawerongo mo te marama o Huitānguru. Welcome to the February 2018 PEN NZ iVe newsletter.
We look forward to seeing many of you at the NZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Nelson which is now only 4 weeks away! If you haven't already done so, register now! If you wish to donate an item for the Mercia Barnes Trust fundraising auction please contact Lynn Gestro in the NZ office. You can read more about the ASM and the fundraising auction below.
Your committees (NZ Committee, He Hono Wāhine, NZTAC) held their quarterly meetings this month along with the DHB O&G Clinical Director's Network which RANZCOG NZ chairs. In March the Council of Medical Colleges will be meeting and the NZ Committee also has representatives attending the Choosing Wisely Workshop, ANZCA's Safe Sedation Roundtable, and PSANZ Annual Congress, which He Hono Wāhine is sponsoring.
Please contact Jane, Jude, Makiko and Lynn in the NZ office at any time.
RANZCOG NZ 2018 ASM 4-6 April - register now!
The NZ ASM is only 4 weeks away. Register now!
Spend Easter with your family in the beautiful Nelson region with the many outdoor options on offer; enjoy boutique wineries and brewers or soak up the established arts scene. Follow your holiday with some scientific respite!
The ASM programme includes sessions on abortion care, urogynaecology; pain management and HPV with Keynote Dr Pippa Kyle (UK). There will be Chronic Pelvic Pain, immediate post placental IUD insertion and manual vacuum aspirator workshops either side of the ASM.
Full registration includes a local marae visit, the ASM opening ceremony and gala dinner plus on the evening of 5 April there will be a fundraising auction for the Mercia Barnes Trust! See https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/NZASM1/ for the detail and to register.
Congratulations to 2018 RANZCOG NZ Pacific Scholar
The NZ Committee congratulates 2018 Pacific Scholar Dr Deborah Panao of Papua New Guinea, who will attend the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Nelson.
The RANZCOG New Zealand Committee Scholarship is awarded annually to doctors in the Pacific with an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Mercia Barnes Trust ASM fundraiser - do you have any items to donate?
We look forward to seeing you at the Mercia Barnes Trust fundraising auction on 5 April 2018 at the World of Wearable Art & Classic Cars Museum. It will be a great evening. If you would like to donate an item for the auction please contact Lynn Gestro in the first instance.
The Trust aims to assist and promote research in the area of women's and reproductive health, specifically supporting New Zealand research with the current focus on supporting young researchers.
Extension to deadline - Mercia Barnes Trust 2018 funding round
The deadline for applications to the Mercia Barnes Trust 2018 has been extended to 5pm Thursday 29 March 2018.
Applications are invited for research fellowships in the area of women's and reproductive health to a value of $35,000 each.
The Trust was founded in 1994 by The Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and named after Dr Mercia Barnes, a recent President. The preferred option is for fellowships to encourage young medical researchers, but not exclusively. Smaller or multiple grants will be considered. As well as tabling a report at each AGM of the Trust, recipients will be encouraged to publish as well as report progress to colleagues in one of the following ways:
Application forms and the form for referees are available from the office and the NZ page of the RANZCOG website. For further information please contact Jane Cumming.
- ASM presentation
- An update through newsletters
- Presentation to another appropriate forum.
Medsafe news - surgical mesh implants
As at 31 January 2018 Medsafe advised the outcomes of regulatory action on surgical mesh products in New Zealand. All surgical mesh products whose sole use is the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation will no longer be supplied. One product, a single incision mini-sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence, is also now no longer supplied in New Zealand.
This action only relates to use of surgical mesh in pelvic organ prolapse via transvaginal implantation and one single type of mesh for stress urinary incontinence. This action does not affect the ongoing supply of surgical mesh products for other uses such as hernia repair or stress urinary incontinence.
For those products where changes to warnings in the Instructions for Use were required to be made by the TGA, companies have advised Medsafe these changes have either been implemented or will be implemented once the wording has been agreed.
Medsafe has been informed that the following products are no longer supplied in New Zealand:
- Boston Scientific NZ Ltd - Solyx; Uphold Life (The other products are available with amended Instructions for Use)
- Culpan Medical - Restorelle DirectFix Anterior mesh; Restorelle DirectFix Posterior mesh; ALTIS single incision sling. (The other products are available with amended Instructions for Use)
- Endotherapeutics NZ Ltd - TOA Sling; TVA Sling; Multi Purpose Sling; BSC Mesh; EndoGYNious; Ophira Minisling
2018 workshops - Excellence in Report Writing & Expert Witness Training
29 June and 7 December An expert’s report is a vital element in litigation. An excellent report is also one of the most effective marketing tools that an expert will have in their career. RANZCOG provide Excellence in Report Writing Workshops and Expert Witness Training for Fellows. The workshops are facilitated by Claro Law and explore what lawyers and the court expect and require from an expert’s report.
Workshop dates for 2017 are 30 June and 8 December in Wellington. Please register your interest and reserve a place at one of these workshops by emailing Jane Cumming. Workshops are limited to 8 people.
Practice Visits - register your interest
The NZ Committee manages a practice visit programme for Fellows. Practice visits are confidential and focus on improving the practice environment and risk mitigation to contribute to the delivery of safe, quality healthcare outcomes for patients, their families, health professionals and the broader community.
Fellows of RANZCOG are able to receive a practice visit as part of their CPD. The visits provide Fellows with a confidential review by two of their peers of various aspects of their practice. The practice visit process incorporates interviews with the multidisciplinary team the doctor works with, as well as a review of the clinical work load, case mix and record keeping.
If you would like to receive a practice visit as part of your CPD for 2018 please contact Jude Kaveney.
Women's Health Summit
RANZCOG hosted a very successful Australian Women’s Health Summit on 2 March, bringing together government & organisation leaders to discuss health issues facing Australian women.
At government level there was a commitment to establishing a 2020–2030 Women’s Health strategy and funding to support research into endometriosis.
There was an emphasis on the importance of consultation with Aboriginal peoples when developing health reforms and policies to ensure a positive impact on communities.
Other issues discussed included abortion access; gender equity and the link between economic circumstances and mental health.
Planning will start soon for a NZ Women’s Health Summit in March 2019. If you have ideas to contribute please contact Lynn Gestro.
Research recommends sleeping on side in late pregnancy
The following video highlights findings from the Physiological Society’s study on how a pregnant woman’s sleeping position affects an unborn baby's activity in the womb. One of the lead researchers at the University of Auckland, Fellow Prof Peter Stone, said the study found sufficient evidence to recommend pregnant women avoid sleeping on their back in late pregnancy as it may cause problems for the unborn baby. The study was published in The Journal of Physiology.
See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2VAS_jqw_w&t=25s
See full study: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1113/JP275084/full
He Hono Wāhine news
Cultural Competence Course
Registrations are now open for the Hauora Māori course Utilising the Hui Process/Meihana Model in Clinical Practice. You can register online at https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/NZCC17/
All trainees and Fellows are invited to register. Further information about the course can be found on the registration website.
Webinar on Māori-led Development : What’s working for whānau, hapū and iwi who are taking positive steps to achieve their aspirations?
Community Research is holding a free webinar on 13 March from 11:00am - 12:15pm on Māori-led Development.
For further information and to book see: https://event-3902-5635.lilregie.com/step1 or http://www.communityresearch.org.nz.
Support for research on Māori women's health
The New Zealand Committee, through He Hono Wāhine supports Fellows' and trainees’ research and presentations on Māori women’s health. For further information please contact Jane Cumming, email@example.com.
Council Election - voting closes 23 March 2018
The 2018 voting for MCNZ Council members is now open. Twenty one nominations were received for the four positions available on the Medical Council, including RANZCOG Fellows Alison Barrett and Kenneth Clark. Voting will close at 12 noon on Friday 23 March 2018. See https://www.mcnz.org.nz/news-and-publications/media-releases/council-election-voting-open-from-20-february-2018/.
Mr Andrew Connolly re-elected chairperson of MCNZ
At the Council’s first meeting of the year, Mr Connolly was unanimously elected chairperson of MCNZ for another 12 months. Council members also unanimously re-elected, Ms Laura Mueller, a lay member as the Council’s deputy chairperson.
Nominees needed for AMC accreditation team member list
MCNZ and the Australian Medical Council (AMC) have joint accreditation processes for accreditation of Australasian VEABs/Specialist Medical Colleges.
Every year the MCNZ sends the AMC an updated list of New Zealand nominees for inclusion in a pool of potential accreditation team members. It is from this pool that appointments will be made of New Zealand representatives on joint accreditation teams tasked with assessing specialist colleges for reaccreditation (to offer vocational training programmes and recertification programmes).
The time involved is approximately 3 weeks of work per accreditation site visit. There is approximately 2 weeks of site visits at a time (the Colleges site visit in Australia, hospital visits in New Zealand and/or New Zealand branches, sometimes going to their examination days/ weeks and reporting back to the accreditation team) and approximately a week in total on writing reports, reading through material at several intervals (in the space of about 6 months), attending pre-site visit meetings in Australia and also attending teleconference meetings (hourly meetings and mostly in the afternoons/ evenings for New Zealanders). AMC reimburses team members for all their time spent.
For further information and /or to nominate anyone (or yourself) please email Elmarie Stander EStander@mcnz.org.nz with the candidates’ contact details, vocational scope of practice and/or sub-specialty, and current position (college/ training provider). No CVs or applications are expected at this stage. Please note that the AMC will contact all nominees directly to enquire about their interest, and to assess their suitability.
Cole's Medical Practice in New Zealand 2017 edition is available online – see https://www.mcnz.org.nz/assets/News-and-Publications/V6-Coles-Medical-Book-2017.pdf
Cole's Medical Practice in New Zealand 13th edition (2017)
Cole’s offers all doctors a seamless one stop on legal, regulatory and ethical issues, as well as guidelines around professional medical conduct and practice.
NE Taskforce - invitation to focus group workshop
The NE Taskforce is seeking clinicians and managers to participate in one of three small focus group discussions on the barriers to accessing fetal monitoring training programmes and what would enable their attendance.
The workshops, from 9:30am to 12:30pm are being held in Christchurch on 26 March, Wellington on 27 March and Auckland on 28 March.
Each workshop has capacity for 20 participants and contributions from a wide number of perspectives is sought including: LMC midwives; Obstetricians, (House Surgeons, Registrars, Senior Medical Officers); Core midwives; Urban and rural settings; Primary, secondary and tertiary settings; Community and clinical unit; Small, medium, large DHBs; Educators; Māori perspective; Clinical Directors; Midwifery Leaders; Service Managers; Planning and Funding.
To register your interest and for further information please contact Richard Greenwood Richard.Greenwood@acc.co.nz.
On-line Balint Group - expressions of interest sought
Balint groups are a form of reflective practice in which doctors present cases and reflect on the nature of the doctor-patient relationship.
John Barton, a retired GP and accredited Balint leader is planning to run an on-line Balint group for doctors in NZ in 2018. The purpose of this group is to give doctors from several specialties in provincial and rural areas the opportunity to be in a Balint group. People in the main centres are also welcome.
Please register your interest with Balint Society of Australia and New Zealand administrative secretary: Anne Malecki at firstname.lastname@example.org. See http://www.balintaustralianewzealand.org/ for further information.
UK study on fortification of flour with folic acid
A UK study on fortification of flour with folic acid found there is no scientific basis for setting a daily upper limit of folate intake, a barrier to the wider introduction of mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects.
See Public health failure in the prevention of neural tube defects: time to abandon the tolerable upper intake level of folate.
Ministry of Health news
2016 Maternity Clinical Indicators Report published
The Maternity Clinical Indicators Report presents comparative maternity interventions and outcomes data for pregnant women and their babies by maternity facility and district health board region. It presents 20 indicators that reflect care during pregnancy and the postnatal period, severe maternal morbidity and outcomes for babies at birth.
2016 Maternity Clinical Indicators Report https://www.health.govt.nz/publication/new-zealand-maternity-clinical-indicators-2016
Other reports in the series https://www.health.govt.nz/nz-health-statistics/health-statistics-and-data-sets/new-zealand-maternity-clinical-indicators-series
Liam and Frankie Davison Award - applications close 30 April
The Liam and Frankie Davison Award is a literary award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health. The award is open to secondary students resident in Australia or New Zealand who are in their final three years of school.
Information regarding the award is distributed to educational bodies across Australia and New Zealand for dissemination to schools. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested; further details are available on the website: https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/about/foundation/Liam-and-Frankie-Davison-Award.
Research Review publications are intended for NZ health professionals. To subscribe for free to receive a research review on a regular basis go to www.researchreview.co.nz.
Women's Health Research Review
In issue 25-2017 of the Women's Health Research Review there are articles on: Menopausal hormone therapy and long-term mortality; Effects of oral vs transdermal estrogen therapy on sexual function; Use of the levonorgestrel-releasing IUS after medical abortion; Conjugated estrogens + bazedoxifene reduce hot flushes; Adding DHEA to COCs maintains physiological testosterone levels; Clinical outcomes of oral vs transdermal estrogen therapy; Should obese women have access to assisted fertility treatment?; Breastfeeding reduces the risk of endometriosis; Cost-effectiveness of treatments for heavy menstrual bleeding; Current guidelines for recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis.
Māori Health Review
In issue 71-2018 of the Māori Health Review there are relevant articles on: Breastfeeding initiation and duration in NZ; Cervical cancer incidence in NZ women: 1985–2013; Inequity in timing of prenatal screening in NZ.
Midwifery Research Review
In issue 19-2018 of the Midwifery Research Review there are articles on: Implementing NIPT into publicly funded antenatal screening services; Intrapartum transfer of women from planned homebirth to hospital; Prediction of uncomplicated pregnancies in obese women; Inequity in timing of prenatal screening in NZ; Perinatal mortality in nulliparous women aged ≥35; Impact of antenatal reflexology on labour outcomes; Maternal sleep position in late pregnancy; Irish and NZ midwives’ expertise at PPI; Sex after childbirth; Breastfeeding in NZ.
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: Probiotics for vulvovaginal candidiasis in non-pregnant women; Anti-adhesion treatment after hysteroscopy for women having difficulty becoming pregnant; Epidural therapy for severe pregnancy induced hypertension to reduce morbidity and mortality in the mother and infants; Insulin-sensitising drugs for women with a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome and subfertility.
Please see the Events section of the RANZCOG website for information on all local and international events. Highlighted events are listed below.
2018 UGSA Annual Scientific and General Meeting
15-17 March 2018. Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia
The UroGynaecological Society of Australasia's 2018 ASM is for healthcare professionals interested in Female Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Reconstructive Pelvic Floor Surgery. For further information see http://www.ugsa.org.au/events_calendar.php/35/2018-ugsa-annual-scientific-and-general-meeting.
PSANZ Annual Congress
25-28 March 2018. ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
‘Whenua ki Whanau. Nurturing the people of our land’
The aims of the Annual Congress are to: provide an opportunity for members to broaden their perspectives of perinatology; stimulate research activities aimed at improving perinatal care; present scientifically rigorous and valid new information; debate new information and ideas of relevance to perinatology.
For further information see http://www.psanz2018.com.au/.
70th Annual Congress of the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
10-13 May 2018. Sendai, Japan
For further information see http://jsog.umin.ac.jp/IS/index_70.html.
26 June 2018, Wellington
Save the date for the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) conference being held at Te Papa, Wellington.
For further information contact the Health Quality & Safety Commission: email@example.com
7th International Conference on Fetal Growth
3-5 October, Milan, Italy
For further details, please visit www.fetalgrowth.org
In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the RANZCOG website for trainee and Fellow employment opportunities.
2019 Training Year – Obstetrics & Gynaecology Advanced Training & Subspecialty Fellowships
Swipe right for Auckland
These fellowship positions are intended for trainees who have completed their RANZCOG core training. They offer general O&G training at a senior level whilst developing an area of special interest/ sub-specialty. They include opportunities for professional development to facilitate completion of specialist training and preparation to becoming vocationally registered and a practicing O&G Specialist. This may include developing and leading the teaching of the junior medical staff, assistance with their training and roster co-ordination, audit and guideline development. A research project is also encouraged during this year.
University of Auckland is offering an exciting opportunity to try an academic career pathway for 12 months. This clinical fellowship will provide a unique learning opportunity for an individual (or two individuals in a job share arrangement) interested in pursuing a future academic career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This position is best suited for a senior RANZCOG trainee(s) who will undertake supervised teaching and research duties in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland at one or more of the Auckland campuses (Grafton, South Auckland Clinical School or North Shore).
If a full-time university role is undertaken for 12 months, this will result in a year off the RANZCOG training programme and will require prospective approval from RANZCOG. If agreement can be reached with the relevant DHB, it will be possible for the position(s) to be 50% clinical and 50% university and, if undertaken by an advanced trainee, can be counted for full-time RANZCOG training. If you would like further information about this position, please contact Professor Lesley McCowan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is offering a Chief Resident Officer position (Fellowship in Clinical Leadership) with both a clinical and administrative role, commencing December 2018. For more information about this opportunity and application process, click here or contact Angela Cross, Current Chief Resident Officer via email at email@example.com.
Subspecialty Training Positions – Auckland DHB
Auckland DHBs offering a fixed term Fellowship position in its National Women’s Health Obstetrics and Gynaecology Service for the 2019 training year:
Please note, this Fellowship is not administered through NRA. Please get in touch with the nominated contact for this opportunity.
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) Fellow position, commencing December 2018. For more information about this opportunity and application process click here or contact Service Clinical Director, Prof Cindy Farquhar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This position has been approved by RANZCOG as an accredited subspecialty training position. Eligibility is determined by RANZCOG (www.ranzcog.edu.au).
Counties Manukau Health (CM Health)
Offers one-year positions in a busy Obstetrics and Gynaecology Service across several clinical areas. Each position will include the opportunity to practice as the senior doctor in the acute team with available back-up from an SMO to assist the transition from trainee to specialist.
The Fellowship opportunities typically available during any given training year focus on the following clinical areas and are administered through NRA:
Urogynaecology – This position is recognised for sub-specialty training in urogynaecology. The position is primarily based at Middlemore Hospital with one day a week at Auckland City Hospital. A minimum of three operating lists per week, plus clinics, allows an excellent opportunity for development of surgical and clinical skills. Scanning, urodynamics, and a specialist OASIS clinic are included in the training with one day per week reserved for research (https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/Training/Subspecialist-Training).
Minimal Access Surgery (MAS) – This position is an accredited AGES Fellowship position in Gynaecological MAS. The post will prepare you to independently undertake advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures, as well as outpatient hysteroscopy, flexible cystoscopy and exposure to colorectal surgery. Specific experience includes a minimum of 3 theatre lists per week and gynaecology clinics as part of the MAS team. There is an expectation of at least 2 presentations or publications at national and international meetings and participation in the local educational programs for gynaecological surgery, including laparoscopic training courses. More detailed information regarding this training position may be found at www.ages.com.au.
High Risk Obstetrics – This position reflects the complexities of practicing Obstetrics in a large unit with a varied population. You will have the opportunity to be involved in the multidisciplinary antenatal and postnatal care for women with a range of medical conditions through the Obstetric Medical Clinic, the Diabetes in Pregnancy clinic and by being a member of the Maternity ward medical team. This position also involves a dedicated session of Obstetric ultrasound with the Fetal Medicine team. The Obstetric Fellow is expected to lead the Obstetric Clinical Practice group which concentrates on guidelines and current Obstetric issues within the hospital. If continued exposure to general gynaecology is required this position can include regular gynaecology outpatient clinics and theatre opportunities.
Gynaecological oncology (non-tertiary) – This position encompasses general gynaecology at a senior trainee level with a focus on open surgery (including the obese and high risk patients) and gynaecological oncology (non-tertiary). The position includes taking part in the regional MDT meeting and being part of the local "faster cancer treatment" initiative. It would be suitable for a trainee wishing to become a Generalist in O&G with a gynaecological oncology interest.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialty Fellow
This position is accredited for the RANZCOG subspecialty training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. A new opportunity has been created for a trainee who is interested in Maternal Fetal Medicine and who is looking for an exciting experience working in a friendly multicultural environment. The successful applicant will be offered the opportunity to gain enormous experience in fetal scanning, invasive prenatal testing and high risk maternal medicine. This position involves working within a multidisciplinary team structure with the support from neonatologists, obstetric physicians, obstetric anaesthetists, geneticists and midwifery staff. The successful candidate will also be offered research time and an opportunity for leadership skill development.
Preference will be given to those who have been accepted into the RANZCOG MFM training programme for 2019.
Please note: you will need to register your specific interest in one or more of the above Counties Fellowship positions as part of your formal application.
For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Sarah Tout, Clinical Director of Women’s Health CMDHB at Sarah.Tout@middlemore.co.nz
To be considered, you must include all of the required documents with your application; only complete applications will be progressed to interview.
For application queries please contact Sheebu Singh, Recruitment Consultant at email@example.com.
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Auckland Doctors. Training world class doctors!
Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology or Maternal Fetal Medicine
The University of Auckland, in partnership with the Auckland District Health Board, are bringing together the expertise of New Zealand’s preeminent research-led University and a leading Women’s Health clinical service to recruit an academic specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology or a sub-speciality area, particularly in maternal fetal medicine.
In order to further advance already flourishing education and research in O&G and to enhance the existing clinical expertise, we are seeking an Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer to join our team. Look forward to a mix of research, teaching, leadership and clinical work which enables you to maintain your clinical expertise while expanding your research portfolio.
It is essential that you are an obstetrician and gynaecologist (if appropriate with a relevant subspecialty qualification) and are also passionate about research and research-led teaching. Your experience in research should be backed by an appropriate qualification (PhD or similar research qualification) and the ability to obtain New Zealand medical registration (https://www.mcnz.org.nz/).
To learn more about this impressive opportunity and for a confidential discussion please contact Professor Lesley McCowan ph: +64 9 923 9192, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Principal, Private practice, Auckland
New Principal needed for 525 Remuera Obstetrics and Gynaecology Auckland from July 2019.
Well established accredited practice since 2010. All systems in place.
Phone Dr Alec Ekeroma at 021 2767975 for more information.
Gynaecologist, Private practice, Hamilton
The Womens Health Centre is a seeking a Gynaecologist to join an existing private practice in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Hours and remuneration are flexible and negotiable. The job would suit someone wanting to return to the work force who wished to work only during school hours. Experience in Laparoscopic surgery is desirable. You must be vocationally registered with MCNZ. There is no obstetric component.
Hamilton, built on the banks of the Waikato River, is New Zealand’s largest inland city with a population of over 141,000. Hamilton is within a 2 hours drive radius of Auckland, the coastal settlement of Raglan, the Bay of Plenty and ski fields. Hamilton offers easy, comfortable living, with short commuting times across the city and a relatively relaxed pace and overall vibe.
Contact Naylin Appanna for further information and to apply for this role. Email: email@example.com or phone +6421651193
Medical Sector Newsletters
Relevant news from medical sector newsletters is included in the body of each PEN NZ iVe newsletter for your reference. For College news and announcements please see the RANZCOG website. Other useful news links include the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). If there are regular news updates you would like included from a particular source please let the NZ office know.