An additional RANZCOG NZ Pānui for August 2020
In this pānui: 

COVID-19 update for O&G

In the evolving COVID-19 environment we aim to keep you informed of the Aotearoa NZ situation in O&G. RANZCOG and the Ministry of Health have recently updated their COVID-19 advice for medical professionals and pregnant women.

Please continue to check in regularly with the RANZCOG COVID-19 Information Hub.  Specific updates are highlighted below.

PLEASE NOTE:  As RANZCOG is a bi-national College its advice may be different for Australian and New Zealand settings. New Zealand continues to follow Ministry of Health COVID-19 guidelines.  

Updated Ministry of Health advice

The Ministry's website has updated (17 August) Alert Level 2 and Alert Level 3 advice. See
Ministry of Health - COVID-19: Maternity.   

The Ministry's PPE poster has been updated to reflect the new Alert Levels. The current Ministry advice is that a surgical mask is not required to be worn by health professionals when providing care for women who are at low risk of COVID-19 infection. The PPE poster should be used in conjunction with the Risk Assessment Questions.

COVID-19 - Information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth (updated 14 August)

COVID-19: Āwhina app

The Ministry encourages you to download the Āwhina app to stay up to date on the latest information and receive notifications when content is added or updated. See COVID-19: Āwhina app.

Wellbeing service for frontline healthcare professionals

0800 number

The Ministry has funded HealthCare New Zealand to provide a new counselling service for frontline health and disability workers. Confidential psychological support via phone or video call is available using a dedicated number 0800 820 080. More information see

ACC update

Telehealth criteria during the COVID-19 response

ACC advise that telehealth and face-to-face consultations contribute to the same treatment limit. The limit can be made up of any combination of the two— for example, where the threshold is 16 treatments, this could be 12 face-to-face consultations and 4 telehealth consultations. See Telehealth criteria during the COVID-19 response.

MCNZ update

Extension of COVID-19 Pandemic scope of practice

MCNZ have extended the COVID-19 Pandemic scope of practice that was first activated in March. The expiry date of this special purpose scope of practice has been extended out from 30 September 2020 to 31 March 2021. For further information see

PHARMAC - supply issues

  • Brevinor 1/28 (ethinyloestradiol 35 mcg with norethisterone 1 mg) to run out in August. Further information on the PHARMAC website
  • Ethinyloestradiol 35 mcg with norethisterone 500 mcg (Norimin) – stock has run out. Supply should be restored by mid-October 2020. The stock of Necon, initially listed as an alternative is expected to run out by late-August. Advice for prescribers on alternatives and further information.  
  • Estradot Transdermal Patch, 25 mcg/24h – short supply. Further stock is likely to be available by mid October 2020. Further information on the PHARMAC website.

Staff Contacts

phone +64 04 472 4608

Catherine Cooper
Manager or 021 137 0748

Jude Kaveney
Training Coordinator

Makiko Wimbush
Events & SIMG Coordinator

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator

Katie McFetridge

RANZCOG NZ webpage

RANZCOG Covid-19 Information Hub

For advice on local matters, please contact the RANZCOG New Zealand office in the first instance. If you wish to contact the Australian office an 0800 number is available: 0800 170 133
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