RANZCOG NZ Pānui - 30 July 2021


The Aotearoa New Zealand office team has been busy supporting the ASM Organising Committee deliver our first ever virtual NZ ASM last month. Feedback we received has been overwhelmingly positive with Fellows and trainees still getting the chance to network and socialise locally while participating virtually! The ASM is available on demand until 1 December 2021! Your suggestions for future ASM topics are fantastic - thank you.


Since the last Panui, Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku has been advocating on members behalf:
  • Ministry of Health consultation on revised HPV primary screening clinical pathway - supported introduction of HPV screening and self-testing. Advocated for a pathway to colposcopy that does not require a clinician visit and cytology to reduce barriers. 
  • Ministry of Health on expanding the scope of the maternity guidelines review to include an equity focus and, with NZCOM and RNZCGP, on updating guidance on Vitamin D in pregnancy
  • oral submission to the Health Select Committee on the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill
  • worked with Ministry of Health in NZ and the Australian Government to align advice on COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy 
  • media release welcoming mandatory fortification of wheat flour. RANZCOG, along with many other organisations advocated for this in 2019.
  • Ministry of Health LARC Training Principles and Standards
In addition Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku is represented on the following working/steering groups: Ministry of Health Maternity Guidelines review; ACC work on Fetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome; Abortion Clinical Guidelines; ACC Lactate Testing Guideline; ACC NE projects; Ministry of Health Mesh; ACC review of cover for obstetric injuries. 

If you would like to contribute to or become involved in the work of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku or He Hono Wāhine please get in touch with the NZ office at ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz. We welcome feedback from Fellows and trainees at any time.

Casual Vacancy: Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku 

A casual vacancy exists on Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku. Nominations open 13 August and close 13 September 2021. See the RANZCOG website for further information. 

Congratulations to NZ elected Board members

We congratulate newly elected Vice President Dr Gill Gibson and Board Director Dr Sue Fleming, NZ Fellows on the incoming RANZCOG Board. Gill is a current Board Director on the Board.

New Branding

As part of the new RANZCOG branding Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku has it's own branding to be used in conjunction with the RANZCOG brand. You will be seeing more of this image and new branding in the coming weeks and months.

Coming up

  • Elevation and Awards Ceremony - Sunday 29 August. If you have not been contacted about this event and believe it involves you please get in touch as soon as possible via ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz.
  • Early career Fellows’ workshop and networking event - Sunday 29 August. Email ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz for more information. 
  • New Zealand’s own Women’s Health Summit! Initiated by RANZCOG NZ and involving key health stakeholders, including NZCOM, Family Planning and Women’s Health Action, the summit, planned for 7 October 2021, will have an equity focus. More detail in next Pānui.

Thank you from PNG for donated medical books

Remember back in 2018 when we asked your help with donations of second hand medical texts for the Papua New Guinea medical school? The response was fantastic and we were able to send a large number of boxes of books to College House for onward travel to Papua New Guinea. Some books went back with PNG trainees attending the 2018 RANZCOG ASM. Some went back with Pacific Associate Member Dr Arthur Elijah who attended a Global Health Committee meeting.

With the recent move to College Place, several stored boxes with donated items—including books, medical equipment and resources—were sent to a charity in Queensland for onward shipping to PNG. And some of these boxes with books have arrived in PNG! The photos show PNG O&G trainees Dr Rodney Talo and Dr David Sinowai with donated books that have now been added to the University of Papua New Guinea library.
Professor Glen Mola from UPNG, with whom the Global Health Unit engages to support O&G training in PNG, extends his thanks to all who donated the books. 

COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

Have your say: RANZCOG Guideline development priorities survey

This study will help the RANZCOG research team understand the current usage of RANZCOG clinical statements, and where gaps exist. Your feedback will also help the College to determine the priority topics where clinical practice guidelines are needed.
Completion of the online questionnaire will require between 20–50 minutes (based on your topic selection, and the number of questions you choose to answer). 

Survey link: https://ranzcogguidelinessurvey.questionpro.com.au/ Please respond by COB on 5 August 2021.

O&G responses needed for survey on drawing in clinical practice

O&G responses are needed for a (<5min) survey on Drawing in clinical practice, being conducted by Dr Ciléin Kearns, a Senior Clinical Research Fellow (Medical Research Institute of New Zealand) and Medical Illustrator (Artibiotics), Dr Samantha Murton (President of the RNZCGP and General Practitioner), and Dr Karen Oldfield (Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand and General Practitioner).

Survey link: https://trials.mrinz.ac.nz/surveys/?s=J8HDW3993N
Queries to cilein.kearns@mrinz.ac.nz.

Review: 2021 ASM

Despite being a virtual event, the 2021 NZ ASM, engaged people in different ways, through direct involvement, participating in the ASM in local groups, asking questions live and engaging in the online chat. It all added up to a very collegial, friendly and educational event with amazing direct feedback. Thank you all for your contribution.

ASM attendees in Wellington and Auckland enjoying participating in the virtual ASM together
In particular participants really enjoyed the NZ focus and theme He Kakari Taurite mo te Oranga Wāhine / Campaigning for Equity in Women’s Health, and the balanced programme of clinical and non-clinical content. A number of people gave direct feedback on things they will be implementing/changing in their clinical practice as a direct result from participating in this year’s ASM, including management of obstetric cholestasis, applying cultural safety, management of complex ovarian masses, undertaking more audits and the importance of escalating problems early to consultants in complicated cases. As one participant said “(the ASM) inspired us to do more” 

NZ ASM on demand

The 2021 NZ ASM is on demand until 1 December 2021. See https://ranzcognz.delegateconnect.co/  

NZ ASM 2022

We are excited to let you know the 2022 NZ ASM will be in Christchurch! Further detail to come.

Mercia Barnes Trust news  

OBLIGE (Outpatients Balloon vs Inpatient Gel) induction of labour study 

In 2019 the Mercia Barnes Trust awarded $16,238 for research led by Dr Michelle Wise for the OBLIGE (Outpatients Balloon vs Inpatient Gel) induction of labour study. This research has now concluded. Michelle Wise reports below:
"The OBLIGE trial has been running at 11 hospitals across Aotearoa New Zealand for several years and is ongoing. The primary research question is whether women starting their induction of labour at term with a balloon cathether and going home for the first part of their induction have a lower caesarean section rate compared to women having vaginal prostaglandins and remaining in hospital throughout. We recently celebrated the 1000th recruit to the study with a cake at each site. We expect to report our findings in an O&G journal and at national conferences early next year.

We are grateful to the Mercia Barnes Trust for supporting this trial to continue when initial funding ran out (due to slower than anticipated recruitment). We also want to acknowledge the perseverance and commitment to the trial by the research trial coordinator Mariska ter Bals and the whole research team, the research midwives supported by this grant at Waitemata and Auckland DHBs, the LMCs and hospital midwives and doctors that support the trial every single day, and the participants themselves."

Apply now: Young Gynaecologist Award

Applications open for the RANZCOG Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award

The RANZCOG Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award (YGA) is offered in conjunction with the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) Congress held every two years.

RANZCOG YGA recipients, Rebecca and Falahola, at the 2019 AOFOG Congress President’s Night
One award is available for a New Zealand Fellow or Trainee to support attendance at the 2022 AOFOG Congress. The Congress will be a hybrid event, held in Bali, Indonesia from May 23-26. Depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time of the Congress, YGA recipients can participate in person or online.

Fellows and FRANZCOG Trainees aged 41 years and under are invited to apply. Applications require a brief CV, full unpublished scientific paper with a cover letter, and a letter of reference in support of the application. Information about the YGA and the application form are here. Applications close on 31 August 2021. Contact the RANZCOG Global Health Unit at globalhealth@ranzcog.edu.au with any queries.

Reminder: applications to Gerald Duff Research Prize close 31 August 2021 

All O&G Registrars who are currently training within the South Island of New Zealand, or have taken part in the South Island Training Scheme within the past five years, are eligible to apply for the Gerald Duff Research Prize, an annual $1000 award made to the Registrar who delivers the best presentation of their research. 

For further information email Professor Peter Sykes, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Otago, Christchurch at peter.sykes@otago.ac.nz

Trainees promote O&G to NZ medical students

RANZCOG sponsored a booth at the recent NZ Medical Students Association conference held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland. Huge thanks to trainees Sehan de Silva, Anna Brownson (pictured) and Duncan Shannon who gave up their Saturday to share their enthusiasm for O&G with the students. They were assisted by Bailey Parata from the NZ Office who reported that the RANZCOG booth was popular with the students who enjoyed having a go at USS scanning of a fetal phantom. O&G trainees of the future?

HDC reports

The Health & Disability Commissioner publishes its reports on the outcome of complaints investigated - see https://www.hdc.org.nz/decisions/.
Learn about recent decisions: 

Ministry of Health news

Increase to primary maternity services fees

The Ministry advise an amendment to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007 has been made with an increase of fees for all modules of care, except for specialist modules, by 1.14 % (GST excl).

The Ministry has also gazetted the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021, with changes coming into effect later this year. Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 sets out new terms, services and fee structures for primary maternity care providers. Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku provided feedback through the consultation process for the Primary Maternity Service Notice 2021, and will be approaching the Ministry of Health about areas that have not been addressed in the 2021 notice.

HQSC news

Aotearoa Patient Safety Day 17 September 2021

The focus for 2021 is maternal and newborn safety, aligning with the theme of the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Day. The Aotearoa theme is Culturally-responsive maternity care for whānau to support maternal wellbeing and maternal and newborn safety. More detail here.

Adverse Events Reports now quarterly 

DHB adverse events data for quarters 1, 2 and 3 of 2020/21 is available on the HQSC website

Family violence death information sheets

HQSC’s Family Violence Death Review Committee has published summary information sheets on intimate partner violence deaths and child abuse and neglect deaths. See the HQSC website.

ACC news

Neonatal Encephalopathy - GAP training improving outcomes for small to gestational age (SGA) babies

ACC report that training in the Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP) programme in DHBs throughout the country is improving outcomes for SGA babies.

Fifteen DHBs, with support from ACC and the Perinatal Institute are now implementing the programme, and the remaining five are in the planning stages.

Education sessions on Fetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome

Representatives from ACC and Foetal Anti-Convulsant Syndrome NZ have been visiting DHBs in the past couple of months to raise awareness with clinicians about Fetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (FACS).  The focus was on prevention and recognition of FACS, and what to do if they think a patient is affected. Positive feedback was received with some clinicians committed to contacting patients using anti-convulsant medicines who could get pregnant, to ensure they know about the risks and benefits and are using suitable contraception. Further education sessions are planned next month.

Family Planning news

Read Family Planning’s research on contraception among Family Planning clients which has just been published in the New Zealand Medical Journal:
How has contraceptive provision at Family Planning clinics in Aotearoa New Zealand changed between 2009, 2014 and 2019: a cross-sectional analysis 

PHARMAC update

PHARMAC have advised they have secured ongoing supply of folic acid, clarithromycin and azithromycin tablets following the withdrawal of the current NZ supplier. Read more here.

Upcoming NZ and online events

Health Law Intensive course

23 – 27 August 2021, Faculty of Law, University of Otago, Wellington

Postgraduate-focused course. Mix of lectures, case studies, and small group work, addressing the most important legal issues and challenges faced by the health sector. Numbers are limited. Participants will be expected to prepare for the course with pre-course reading. Further information at https://www.otago.ac.nz/law/postgraduate/healthlawintensive/

O&G Trainee Fertility Update evening

25 August 2021, Remuera, Auckland

Session 6:30pm - 8:00pm, preceded by drinks & nibbles at 6:00pm.
Enquiries and rsvp to dgupta@repromed.co.nz

APGANZ Education Day

3 September 2021, Wellington (in person and virtual)

Improving Abortion Access in NZ: As early as possible and as late as necessary

Register here
Further information: treasurerapganz@gmail.com

2021 Australian and New Zealand Prevocational Medical Education Forum

18-19 October 2021, virtual event

Travelling forward together – He waka eke noa

Hosted by the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Further info: https://www.prevocationalforum2021.com/

FIGO 2021 World Congress

21 - 28 October 2021, online

Further info: https://figo2021.org/

New Zealand Familial Breast and Ovarian Cancer Group (NZFBOC) conference

5 November 2021, Wellington

Kia tū ko taikākā / We are all in this journey together

Further information: https://www.nzfboc.org.nz/

RANZCOG Symposium 2021

8 - 9 November 2021, Melbourne and virtual (Hybrid)

New Perspectives

Click here for further information and to register.

HQSC’s Quality Improvement scientific symposium 2021

17 November, Christchurch

Whakahohe, whiria te muka tangata | Recharge, inspire and connect

Further info: https://hqsc.eventsair.com/qiss2021/

New Zealand Sepsis Conference 2021

18-20 Nov 2021, Rotorua

Challenges for New Zealand

For health care professionals with an interest in the management of sepsis and infectious diseases. The conference is a combined meeting between the Sepsis Trust New Zealand and the New Zealand Conference for the Australasian Society for Infectious Disease (ASID). See www.sepsis.org.nz/conference/ for further information.


26-28 April 2022, Kaiteriteri

Theme: A New Hope

For further information and to register contact Per Kempe Per.Kempe@midcentraldhb.govt.nz


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

Clinical Fellow in UoA O&G Department

University of Auckland

Closing date:  Monday 9 August 2021
The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is currently seeking to appoint one or more Clinical Fellow(s) to its academic department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The purpose of this 12 month Fellowship is to provide an exciting research and/or teaching development opportunity for individual(s) who may be interested in considering a future university career, which could be a research or medical education career pathway.
The position would be suitable for middle to advanced year RANZCOG trainees or a GP with a special interest in Womens’ Health and/or medical education. The role would allow the successful applicant(s) to undertake supervised teaching of both undergraduate and postgraduate O&G students as well as carrying out a research project based on individual interests.
The Fellowship is available from registrar change over in February 2022 for 12 months and may be considered as a full time or part time job opportunity. 
A competitive remuneration will be offered with the potential to be topped up through additional agreed clinical duties as appropriate in agreement with the Head of Department.
In the case of RANZCOG trainees: If the Clinical Fellowship role is undertaken full time with the University, the 12 months will not be accredited for ITP or Advanced RANZCOG Training. It may be possible to configure the position as a jobshare  between two people with 50% university and 50% clinical duties, sharing the University role and the same clinical job. If undertaken by an Advanced Trainee this should count for a full year of RANZCOG training but will require prospective approval from RANZCOG.
Expressions of interest should be sent to PA to Professor Larry Chamley, Head of Department, at h.pannell@auckland.ac.nz including a cover letter and current CV.

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 contacts 

phone +64 04 472 4608

Catherine Cooper
Head of Aotearoa New Zealand Office
ccooper@ranzcog.org.nz or 021 137 0748

Bailey Parata
Hauora Wāhine Māori Advisor

Jude Kaveney
Training Advisor

Libby Barnett 
Training Coordinator

RANZCOG NZ webpage

RANZCOG Covid-19 Information Hub

New Zealand Registry of COVID-19 in Pregnancy
Makiko Wimbush
Events and SIMG Coordinator

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator

Katie McFetridge

Gerry Westhuis

Our mailing address:

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
PO Box 10611
The Terrace
Wellington 6140
New Zealand



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