RANZCOG NZ update
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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?