Welcome to the RANZCOG NZ Pānui for May/June 2019. In this pānui: 

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.

Matariki 2019

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.

ASM Opening

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 ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz 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 srosevear@obstetgynae.co.nz  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.

Trainees' news

Upcoming 2019 workshops

  • Anatomy Workshop – 14 September, Dunedin
  • Foundations of Surgery Workshop* – 8-9 November, Wellington
  • Basic Obstetric Skills Workshop* – 10 November, Wellington
*Mandatory workshop

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.

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.

Upcoming Events

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”
See https://conference2019.psrh.org.nz/ 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

See http//:ngoc2019.com 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 buddenastrid2@gmail.com . To book please email Tracey Dench at tracey.dench@nztravelbrokers.co.nz

Serious Problems, Simple Solutions   

24-26 October 2019, Gdańsk, Poland
Congress: Serious Problems, Simple Solutions
See Scientific Programme
Further information: info@spsscongress.eu.

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.

See https://www.limeconnection.net.au/ 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.” 
See www.aofog2019.com for further details or email inquiries to info@aofog2019.com

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.

See http://www.aspire-reproduction.org/aspire-masterclass/


In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the RANZCOG website for trainee and Fellow employment opportunities.

Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar 

Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin - Southern DHB

Southern DHB is currently seeking applications from RMOs looking for non training O&G Registrar opportunities in Dunedin, New Zealand. 
Dunedin Hospital is a tertiary level hospital of 400 beds located in central Dunedin, New Zealand, servicing the city of Dunedin and the wider Otago region.

Where do I fit?

The values of the SDHB, Kind – Manaakitanga, Open – Pono, Positive – Whaiwhakaaro, and Commmunity – Whanaungatanga, reflect the essence of the people in Dunedin and Otago.  You’ll find us friendly and welcoming, and your multi-disciplinary team caring and supportive.
You will be part of the O&G team of 10 Consultants with a range of skills including Generalists, Urogynaecologists and Gynae Oncologists who are dedicated to Registrar training and support. The Obstetrics Unit is busy, with increasing numbers of high-acuity cases. Every effort is made to provide experience in major and minor Gynaecological surgery. As a registrar you will be provided with the necessary orientation, along with weekly protected teaching time and a high level of supportive Consultant supervision. We are a RANZCOG training site for ITP trainees and have very strong links with RANZCOG and the University of Otago Medical School.

What’s in it for me?

  • A lifestyle that is hard to beat!  Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages.  From Dunedin you’ll have easy access to incredible adventures, with ski-fields, lakes, rainforests and resorts all within an easy drive.  Locally, the opportunity for wildlife encounters and recreational activities are right at your doorstep.  To find out more about living here please click the following link https://www.dunedinnz.com/
  • Culture! Dunedin’s culture is woven from the old and the new – a mix of heritage and innovation, history and creativity.  You’’ find a busy café and restaurant scene amongst street art, heritage buildings and a lively night-life.  The best international musical acts come to you.

What do I need?

You’ll be a non-trainee registrar with an interest in working in Women’s Health.
We are interested in hearing from RMOs with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience and some experience working in a Women’s Health role.
You must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand, and be eligible for general or provisional general registration with the Medical Council of New Zealand.  You can check your eligibility for registration by visiting the Council’s website at www.mcnz.org.nz.

Where do I apply?

If you are interested in applying for this role please click here.
Please note that your application must contain the following:
  • Up to date electronic copies of your CV and cover letter
  • Contact details for three Consultants we may contact directly for references.  These Consultants should have supervised your day-to-day clinical work and one of the referees provided must be from your current or most recent employer.  Please ensure you advise your referees of their nomination so they are aware they will be contacted by Southern DHB.
The Medical Council of New Zealand (the Council) recently introduced a new method of primary source verification using the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates’ Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (ECFMG’s EPIC) service.  Please visit the NZMC website for more details about these changes and information on enrolling. We encourage you to begin this process as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the role, the application or the recruitment process please contact the Recruitment Team at rmo.recruitment@southerndhb.govt.nz.

Specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Waikato DHB, Fixed term until December 2019, Full time 

Closing date:  Open until filled
Job Number: WAI06226
Position description
At Waikato District Health Board (DHB) we are on an incredible journey to become the best Women’s Health Service in New Zealand. We want you to join us at this pivotal time of growth and change.  Every day you will have the chance to improve the health outcomes of our patients, while developing your skills and expertise along the way.  We are offering you the opportunity to balance a rewarding career with the great lifestyle you have always dreamed about.  
We are seeking enthusiastic specialty doctors and consultants to join our dedicated team in Women’s Health at Waikato Hospital based in Hamilton, New Zealand.  We are recruiting to permanent positions and encourage applications from generalists and those with a special interest.  A commitment to patient centred care and multi-disciplinary teamwork is essential.  Applicants must be both flexible in their approach and be willing to contribute positively to a service undergoing transformation. The applicant will hold FRANZCOG or equivalent and be eligible for specialist registration in New Zealand.
We have 5th and 6th year medical students from the University of Auckland and midwifery students from Wintec. We are looking to improve training for both undergraduates and RANZCOG trainees. Participation in training and teaching would be a key component of the job plan. Candidates with research interests could enjoy on campus support from the University of Auckland’s Waikato Clinical Campus and Waikato DHB’s Clinical Audit Support.
We provide a collaborative and supportive learning environment which encourages excellence and innovation.

Why us?

Waikato DHB is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary and secondary healthcare providers. We provide tertiary services to a region of 900,000 and secondary services to a local district of 375,000.  We have approximately 5,500 deliveries per year in the district and 3,500 of these are at Waikato Hospital.  Facilities include a seven bed delivery suite, two high dependency beds, a women’s acute assessment unit, antenatal, postnatal and gynaecological inpatient wards, a dedicated outpatients service and modern theatres.  The O&G team consists of 15 consultants, 15 registrars and 8 senior house officers.
Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city and is also one of the fastest growing.  It is situated on the banks of the Waikato River.  It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is close enough to beaches, mountains and forests for a range of outdoor activities.  Living in Hamilton and the Waikato region gives you reasonably priced housing, excellent public and private schools and an easy commute to work.  It has all the benefits of a big city without the stress.
If you are looking for a fabulous environment to raise your family or an opportunity for exciting outdoor leisure pursuits, then we would welcome your application.


Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui
  • Give and earn respect - Whakamana
  • Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
  • Fair play – Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga
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