RANZCOG NZ happenings
During May a number of you attended the NZ Annual Scientific Meeting in Hamilton - it was a busy programme and a huge amount of work went on behind the scenes to ensure a well run conference - thank you to the organising committee and NZ office staff for their energy and team work.
The quarterly round of meetings for Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku (the New Zealand Committee transferred to te reo Māori - more on this below), He Hono Wāhine, NZTAC and the Clinical Directors' Network have just been held with lots happening and new strategic initiatives - all focusing on the betterment of hauora wāhine here in Aotearoa.
We have also farewelled Jane Cumming, NZ Manager for the past seven years. Jane has had a number of farewells, reflecting the contribution she has made to the College. Following her departure Jane, who plans to semi retire, will take a well earned break before exploring new horizons. Thank you Jane for your leadership and wisdom - you will be missed. The NZ team is left in good hands with new NZ Manager Catherine Cooper, beginning with us at the end of this month. Catherine will be meeting with a number of you over the coming months, beginning with the Cultural competence, partnership and health equity symposium on 25 June, jointly hosted by MCNZ and Te ORA, as well as the regular meeting with our NZCOM colleagues in July.
Jane Cumming with her husband Kevin Allan and members of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and NZ office staff at one of her farewells.
New Zealand office staff, Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and He Hono Wāhine are dedicated to promoting equitable access for all wāhine to health services in Aotearoa. We advocate on your behalf to get the best possible outcomes for excellence in hauora wāhine. Contact the NZ office at any time.
The rising of the Matariki star cluster, signaling the Māori New Year is from 25-28 June 2019. Matariki is a time to gather with whānau and friends to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. During the rising of Matariki you can see the star cluster just above the horizon before the sun comes up.
Māori name and waiata for NZ Committee
He Hono Wāhine met at a special hui during October 2018 where a Māori name to reflect the work of the New Zealand Committee was carefully considered. The name, Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, was gifted to the New Zealand Committee in November 2018 and was formally introduced in the New Zealand Committee report address at the Annual Scientific Meeting on 23 May 2019.
The name Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku means an assembly of people with a focus on health pertaining to women.
At the special hui a waiata, for use at RANZCOG NZ hui and events, was composed. This was also gifted to Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and was sung at the opening of the Annual Scientific Meeting in Kirikiriroa. See the waiata and its translation below:
Taku pā harakeke e
Ko te oranga o te iwi
He Wāhine He Atua
Te tapu o te whare tāngata
He oranga he oranga
Ko te taonga nui o te ao
He mokopuna He kakano
I ruia mai i rangiātea
He taonga He taonga
Te Kāhui Oranga ā Nuku e
He waipuna ora e
Mai i te po ki te ao mārama
Taku pā harakeke e
My village my family
The wellbeing of humankind
From Women and Gods
And the sacredness of childbirth
It is life it is life
The greatest gift in the world
A child and seed
Sown in Rangiātea
A gift and a treasure
The NZ Committee of RANZCOG
A wellspring of health
'ab umbris ad lumina vitae' 'from shadows to the light of life'
My village my family
Review of 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting
Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future
The RANZCOG NZ 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting: Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future was held in Kirikiriroa last month with good attendance at both the workshops and scientific meeting. Dr Narena Dudley and Dr Joy Marriott led this year’s organising committee. Feedback following the event was overwhelmingly positive save for the busyness of the programme! There were so many topical issues delegates would have liked more time for meaningful discussion and to network with other delegates. There was an opportunity to unwind at the conference dinner - this year at Hobbiton movie set - which was a special experience for delegates.
We were fortunate to hear from four keynotes at conference - Professor William Ledger, Professor Robert Norman, Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Professor John Newnham – which led to session topics on cultural disparities, transgender health, gynaecological malignancies, fertility preservation, prevention of preterm birth, genetics and endometriosis.
The opening of the ASM included speeches from Dr Narena Dudley who talked about the taonga and symbolism behind the ASM logo, welcomed business partners, delegates and the RANZCOG board and the importance of the binational partnership between Australia and New Zealand. He Hono Wāhine Kaumatua Luke Crawford opened with a mihi and a karakia and introduced NZ Government Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta to officially open the ASM.
Hon Nanaia Mahuta said equitable healthcare is a focus of the Government and equity for women to contraception is fundamental to their wellbeing and their wider whanau. She acknowledged that RANZCOG had raised with Government about contraceptive access on a number of occasions which is now being addressed with funding for free LARC soon to be made available to eligible women.
The Minister congratulated RANZCOG for introducing mandatory cultural competency training for trainees. And in the spirit of the conference theme “Perspectives from the past, foundations for the future" referred to the Māori saying, “Seek out distant horizons, and cherish those you attain.”
RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach spoke about NZ leading the cultural competency pathway within College and highlighted the two major issues College is focussing on - gender equity and abortion reform. He encouraged Fellows and trainees to get involved in College work.
Images from the ASM opening ceremony
General Meeting with Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku Chair Dr Celia Devenish
Dr Celia Devenish spoke to her report at the annual RANZCOG NZ General Meeting on day one of the ASM, with the following highlights:
- transferring of the NZ Committee name to te reo Māori and the gifting of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku - meaning an assembly of people with a focus on health pertaining to women - by He Hono Wāhine to the Committee.
- thanked outgoing NZ Manager Jane Cumming for her work on women’s health advocacy during her time with RANZCOG.
- announced the newsletter to all NZ Fellows and trainees is now called Pānui.
- issues the Committee has been working on over the past year, including advocacy, endometriosis, NIPT, HPV, Choosing Wisely, Fellows outreach - with an upcoming update on sepsis, training - and the work of the Training Support Unit, and cultural competence.
ASM presentations on CLIMATE soon
This year's ASM provided valuable insights into managing cultural disparities in health-care, transgender health, management of endometriosis and preterm birth prevention. Presentations will soon be available for all Fellows and trainees on CLIMATE which can be accessed through my.RANZCOG
. All ASM delegates will be sent an email when the presentations are ready for viewing.
2020 Annual Scientific Meeting - save the dates
The 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting will be held in Wellington from 10-12 June. Reserve these dates in your diaries now. If you have topic ideas we would love to hear from you - please contact Makiko Wimbush
He Hono Wāhine Hui, 2-4 November 2019 - all welcome
The 2019 He Hono Wāhine Hui is to be held at Rapaki Marae from 2-4 November. All Fellows, trainees and their whānau are welcome and encouraged to attend. Rāpaki Marae is a 30 minute drive from Christchurch /Ōtautahi CBD. The small settlement of Rāpaki sits on the shores of Whakaraupō (Lyttelton Harbour) and is one of of four Banks Peninsula rūnanga based around marae. The Hui precedes the LIME Network conference
, also in Ōtautahi, from 5-8 November 2019.
Mercia Barnes Trust news 2019
2019 Funding round
More applications to the Mercia Barnes Trust were received for 2019 than ever before which is a positive sign for research in the area of women's and reproductive health.
The successful research project applications for 2019 are:
- Dr Kenny Chitcholtan: $13,952 for ovarian cancer research
- Dr Jo James: $35,000 for trophoblast stem cells study
- Dr Whitney Pickering: $7,000 for Period Project (on adolescent dysmenorrhoea)
- Dr Helen Winrow: $4,615 for PSSICS (Prevention of Surgical Site Infection after Caesarean Section) study
- Dr Michelle Wise: $16,238 for OBLIGE (Outpatients Balloon vs Inpatient Gel) induction of labour study.
It was pleasing to hear three former Mercia Barnes Trust funding recipients - Lisa Dawes, Katie Groom and Michelle Wise - speak at the recent ASM on their research and acknowledge the assistance from the Trust.
The Mercia Barnes Trust (MBT) is fortunate to have a number of regular donors to the Trust. At the recent ASM in Hamilton the Trust raised $650 through donations and a silent auction. Thank you to all contributors for your generosity.
With the rising interest in the Trust more funding is needed to assist and promote research in the area of women's and reproductive health. The current focus is on supporting emerging researchers.
If you would like to make a donation to the Trust or become a regular donor please contact the RANZCOG NZ Manager via email@example.com
or fill in the Mercia Barnes Trust donation form
. See further information on Mercia Barnes Trust
Award ceremony to honour Gluckman Medal recipient Professor McCowan
The Gluckman Medal is the premier acknowledgement of excellence awarded each year by the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.
Last month an award ceremony and lecture to honour Gluckman Medal recipient Professor Lesley McCowan, ONZM, was held. Professor McCowan was awarded the Gluckman Medal for her outstanding contributions to research, particularly in the areas of fetal growth, stillbirth, and addressing the problem of obesity in pregnant women. The results of this work have resulted in changes in clinical practice and in health promotion campaigns directed at the public.
Professor McCowan said the Gluckman medal ceremony and lecture was very special and she appreciated the number of medical and midwifery colleagues who were able to join her for the occasion. She is pictured here with her husband Stuart.
Ministry of Health News
Significant changes coming into effect on 1 July
On 1 July 2019 two new information sharing schemes resulting from changes to the Family Violence Act 2018 and the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 come into force.
These promote collaboration across government to better enable the safety and wellbeing of families, whanau, communities and children and young people in care.
All health workers whether they work in government or non-government organisations, in hospitals or the community, or in primary, secondary or tertiary care will need to understand what the information sharing changes mean for them.
The Ministry of Health has been working together, with Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Justice, ACC and other agencies, on resources to support these new information sharing schemes.
Early career Fellows news
Early career Fellows Forum and Life* Fellows commemorative dinner - 25 August
The 2019 RANZCOG NZ early career Fellows Forum will be on 25 August in Wellington. The Forum aims to help early career Fellows find their place within RANZCOG and will focus on how the College can best support Fellows. Following the 2019 Forum, Life* Fellows’ contribution to the College will be commemorated with a special dinner and presentation of a commemorative pin to acknowledge and celebrate their 35-year Fellowship.
*The RANZCOG Board has recently renamed ‘Life Fellowship’ to ‘35-year Fellowship’.
Early Career Fellow - mentorship and potential work opportunity in private practice - Auckland
Fellow Dr Sylvia Rosevear is succession planning in readiness for her upcoming retirement. Dr Rosevear runs a busy private practice in central Auckland and is offering a unique opportunity to mentor an early career Fellow who would be interested in developing their skills in private practice.
All expressions of interest are welcome and can be directed to Dr Rosevear’s secretary at her rooms on 09 623 7509. Dr Rosevear is also happy for Fellows to contact her directly, either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 0274 733974.
The mentorship opportunity would initially be very flexible and work around an early career Fellow’s other commitments. There would be no obligation to enter into the private practice at any stage.
Upcoming 2019 workshops
- Anatomy Workshop – 14 September, Dunedin
- Foundations of Surgery Workshop* – 8-9 November, Wellington
- Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop* – 10 November, Wellington
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
Pacific Health Review
In issue 26-2019 of the Pacific Health Review there is a relevant article on: Ethnic disparities in breast cancer survival in NZ.
Fertility Research Review
In issue 21-2019 of the Fertility Research Review there are articles on: Frozen embryo transfer yields higher live birth rate; Physiological ICSI not recommended; Levothyroxine does not improve live birth rate; Follicle size does not impact blastocyst viability; Autoimmune disease and infertility; Birth rates not improved with progesterone for early bleeding.
Please see the Events section of the RANZCOG website
for information on all local and international events. Highlighted events are listed below.
PSRH Biennial Conference
6-11 July 2019, Papua New Guinea
Theme: “Pacific Experience for Pacific Solutions in Reproductive Health”
for more information.
IIMHCO 2019 Global Summit
27-29 September 2019, Auckland
SOMCANZ (Symposium of Maternity Carers NZ) is now IIMHCO (International Integrative Maternity HealthCare Organisation). https://iimhco.com/
For further information on the IIMHCO 2019 Global Summit see: Global Summit
National Gynae-Oncology Conference 2019
3-6 October 2019, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
for further information
NZSOG Samoa 2019
6-8 October 2019, Western Samoa
NZSOG – 43rd Annual Conference at Saletoga Sands Resort & Spa
For further information please email Astrid Budden at email@example.com
. To book please email Tracey Dench at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
24-26 October 2019, Gdańsk, Poland
Congress: Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
See Scientific Programme
Further information: email@example.com
LIME Connection VIII - Pouhine Poutama: Embedding Indigenous health Education
5-8 November 2019, Ōtautahi / Christchurch
Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education Network are holding their 2019 conference in Ōtautahi / Christchurch with the theme Pouhine Poutama: Embedding Indigenous health Education.
for more information.
26th Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AOFOG) Congress
10-14 November 2019, Manila, Philippines
Theme: “Strengthening the Road to Women’s Health - Reaching New Heights.”
for further details or email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aspire Masterclass - Endometriosis
14-15 December 2019, Sri Lanka
This Masterclass on Endometriosis convened by Professor Neil Johnson (New Zealand), in conjunction with Professor Tzeng Chii-Ruey (Taiwan), Professor Yutaka Osuga (Japan) and Dr Rohana Haththotuwa (Sri Lanka) will examine the latest advances in endometriosis and give attendees the basic tools to develop a network of expertise for managing endometriosis in their setting.
In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the RANZCOG website
for trainee and Fellow employment opportunities.