RANZCOG NZ Pānui - 17 August 2021


Work is continuing on the upcoming Early career Fellows' workshop on 29 August and we have over 20 people elevating to Fellowship at our awards ceremony, also on 29 August. Next week is the face to face component of the MIHI cultural competency course Application of the Hui Process and Meihana Model  with a number of Fellows and trainees enrolled, and we are working with partner health organisations for our Women+ Health Summit on 7 October so there is plenty happening! 


Since the last Pānui, Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku has provided feedback on RANZCR’s Ethical Referrals discussion paper and to the Ministry of Health on amendments to the schedule of medicines for pharmacist prescribers. Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku has also written to the Ministry of Health asking for an update on consultation recommendations that were not included in the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021, particularly on funding of abortion services.

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. Nominations close 13 September 2021. See the RANZCOG website for further information.

Election of Members for Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku

RANZCOG election results have been announced. Congratulations to Dr Anand Gangi, Dr Per Kempe, Dr Rachael McConnell and Dr Ruth Swarbrick, elected Fellow Representatives to Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku.

Election of the Twelfth RANZCOG Council

Congratulations to Fellows Dr Emma Jackson and Dr Sue Belgrave, elected New Zealand RANZCOG Councillors and Dr Phil Suisted, elected RANZCOG Māori Councillor to the Twelfth RANZCOG Council commencing in November. 


RANZCOG NZ Women+ Health Summit 

The RANZCOG NZ Women+ Health Summit, to be held on 7 October in Wellington, will focus on the possibilities for health and wellbeing of women and gender-diverse peoples in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Summit has a different focus to the RANZCOG ASM and is aimed at bringing people with an interest in women’s health from outside of RANZCOG (plus some RANZCOG people) together. Reflecting this wider audience, we’re working with partner organisations Women’s Health Action, Family Planning, NZCOM, RNZCGP, Rural Women and the National Council of Women.

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

RANZCOG Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award

Are you a Fellow or trainee aged 41 years or younger? Keep reading! You are invited to apply for the RANZCOG Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award (YGA), offered in conjunction with the Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (AOFOG) Congress 2022. One award is available for a New Zealand Fellow or trainee to support attendance at the 2022 AOFOG Congress from 23-26 May in Bali. The Congress will be a hybrid event.

Further information on the YGA and the application form are here. If you have any queries contact the RANZCOG Global Health Unit at globalhealth@ranzcog.edu.au.

Your view needed: RANZCOG Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Survey 

RANZCOG needs your view on bullying, harassment and discrimination behaviour in O&G. All Fellows and trainees are encouraged to complete the independent survey, even if they believe they haven’t experienced this behaviour themselves to ensure a diversity of views.

For more information see: https://ranzcog.edu.au/members/member-support-and-wellbeing/Discrimination-Bullying-and-Harassment-Survey. The survey closes on Friday 27 August.

Reminder: Drawing in clinical practice survey

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.

Mercia Barnes Trust news 

2021 award recipients 

Six applications were made to the Mercia Barnes Trust in the 2021 funding round with three successful applicants. Detail of the Mercia Barnes Trust recipients for 2021 are below:
  • Karyn Anderson for The Cost of Birth in New Zealand Study
  • Xiamin Liang for Is Ultrasound in Pregnancy an opportunity for Prevention of Pelvic floor dysfunction: a feasibility study [UPPP Trial]
  • Briar Hunter for A review of clinical practice guidelines relating to preterm birth currently in use in Aotearoa New Zealand.

PVOGS Workshop

Pre-Vocational O&G Society of Australia and NZ (PVOGS) is an organisation that engages with junior doctors and med students with an interest in O&G and women’s health. In particular, addressing the gap between finishing med school and starting specialist training.
From RANZCOG Chair Dr Celia Devenish:
“Sixty University of Otago med students in years 4 to 6 along with house officers attended a recent PVOGS evening workshop in Dunedin. The workshop included information on O&G training opportunities for PGY 1&2, research opportunities and explained the RANZCOG training programme.
The PVOGS rotated through six stations facilitated by University of Otago departmental staff. These were lap box skills, vaginal and abdominal ultrasound, suturing emergency POH scenarios, assisted delivery and shoulder dystocias and LARC insertion model training.

Participant feedback was enthusiastic and appreciative. Many thanks go to the local PVOGS committee who organised attendance and some welcome refreshments.” 

NZ Women in Medicine Conference

The inaugural NZ Women in Medicine Conference is being held in Wellington on 23-25 September 2021 with the theme: Celebrating strength in our unity, supporting our community / Kotahitanga me Manaakitanga. RANZCOG is sponsoring a special session titled “She’ll be right? The case for a New Zealand Women’s Health Strategy” which links well with our Women+ Health Summit on 7 October 2021.

HQSC Aotearoa Patient Safety Day

The focus for HQSC's Aotearoa Patient Safety Day 2021 is maternal and newborn safety, aligning with the theme of the World Health Organization’s Global Patient Safety Day. The Aotearoa Patient Safety Day's theme is Culturally-responsive maternity care for whānau to support maternal wellbeing and maternal and newborn safety. The HQSC say it is recognised positive maternity care looks different for different people. The aims for 2021 are to:
  • increase culturally responsive care to improve maternity care for all whānau and supporting pregnant women and people’s overall health and wellbeing during pregnancy
  • open the discussion to find out what pregnant women and people want and need
  • talk with patients and whānau about what is most important to them
  • raise health care professionals’ awareness of potential biases and how that affects care.
RANZCOG and NZCOM are supporting HQSC’s work on Aotearoa Patient Safety Day.

NZ ASM on demand

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

Ministry of Health news

Induction of Labour guideline

The Ministry of Health has published the Induction of Labour in Aotearoa New Zealand: A Clinical Practice Guideline. The guideline has gone through the Ministry's external maternity clinical guideline appraisal process and has been ratified by the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG).  The guideline has been available on the University of Auckland website since December 2019 and has been utilised in clinical practice.  RANZCOG Fellow Dr Michelle Wise chaired a panel of clinicians and consumers in 2018 to develop national guidance on IOL. This resource and others can be found on the RANZCOG website news and resources page.

Research Reviews

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 31-2021 of the Women's Health Research Review there are articles on: What people understand about the mechanism of action of ECPs; The genitourinary syndrome of menopause; Relationship of parity and prior caesarean delivery to IUS expulsion; Hormone therapy for nocturia in postmenopausal women; Prevalence of contraindications to progestin-only contraceptive pills; Early and surgical menopause associated with higher CVD risk; BMI influences the risk of POP surgery failure; Surgical outcomes of hysterectomy according to surgery type; Prevalence and impact of dysmenorrhoea among nursing students in Sri Lanka.

Midwifery Research Review

In issue 25-2021 of the Midwifery Research Review there are articles on: Impact of stress during pregnancy on childhood diseases; Can assessment of fear of childbirth predict use of obstetric interventions?; Management of childbirth-related labial trauma in the UK; A qualitative study of women’s experiences of elective late-term IOL; Women’s preferences for IOL or expectant management in late-term pregnancy; Pregnancy outcomes in women taking ondansetron vs alternative antiemetics; Breastfeeding and the risk of childhood cancer; A comparison of 10 different intrapartum fetal surveillance methods; Healthcare workforce education in spiritual care related to childbirth; Why do women choose homebirth in Australia?

GP Research Review

In issue 174-2021 of the GP Research Review there are relevant articles on: SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in breast milk after COVID-19 vaccination; Preconception low-dose aspirin.

In issue 175-2021 of the GP Research Review there are relevant articles on: COVID-19 mRNA vaccine safety in pregnant women; COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in pregnant and lactating women; Ovarian cancer population screening and mortality.

Diabetes and Obesity Research Review

In issue 146-2021 of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Review there are relevant articles on: Variations in treatment requirements and early outcomes in gestational diabetes; Association of lactation with maternal type 2 diabetes risk.

In issue 147-2021 of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Review there is a relevant article on: The effects of dietary and lifestyle interventions among pregnant women with overweight or obesity on early childhood outcomes.

Urology Research Review

In issue 45-2021 of the Urology Research Review there are relevant articles on: Guidelines for microhaematuria workup in women; Neoadjuvant and adjuvant chemotherapy for UTUC; Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in bladder and UTUC

Māori Health Review 

In issue 92-2021 of the Māori Health Review there is an article on: Recommendations for implementing HPV self-testing in Aotearoa.

Paediatric Vaccines Research Review

In issue 46-2021 of the Paediatric Vaccines Research Review there are relevant articles on: COVID-19 and pregnancy; mRNA COVID-19 vaccine safety in pregnancy. 

Ovarian Cancer Research Review

In issue 17-2021 of the Australian Ovarian Cancer Research Review there are articles on: Doublet carboplatin/paclitaxel remains the standard of care even in frail patients; Geriatric assessment and management in cancer; HIPEC with carboplatin during secondary cytoreductive surgery for recurrent disease; Secondary cytoreductive surgery in BRCA1/2 mutated recurrent ovarian cancer; NORA confirms efficacy of maintenance PARP inhibition for relapsed disease; Addition of immune checkpoint inhibition to standard frontline regimen does not extend PFS; SOC-1: secondary surgery extends PFS in platinum-sensitive disease at first relapse; A surgical competency assessment tool for sentinel lymph node dissection; REZOLVE indicates that palliative intraperitoneal bevacizumab may be an option for ascites; Are BRCA1/2 mutations a risk factor for endometrial cancer?

COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

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

RACS Conference

2-3 September 2021, Queenstown

Surgery 2021: Reflecting on Practice

Provisional programme
Register here

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.

NZ Women in Medicine Conference

23-25 September 2021, Wellington

Celebrating strength in our unity, supporting our community / Kotahitanga me Manaakitanga

Further information: https://www.nzwimconference.nz/ 
Register here.

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

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
Wellington 6140
New Zealand



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