RANZCOG NZ Pānui  - 18 September 2020

Ministry of Health consultation

Primary Maternity Services Notice Review 2021

The Ministry of Health is consulting on proposed changes to the Maternity Services Notice. The draft notice plus a discussion document and feedback form are on the Ministry’s website. The consultation period is until 13 November 2020.
Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku will be providing feedback and preparing a submission. If you’d like to be involved in developing our response please email New Zealand Manager Catherine Cooper on ccooper@ranzcog.org.nz.  

New Zealand Registry of COVID-19 in pregnancy - Liggins Institute


The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has made live the New Zealand Registry of COVID-19 in Pregnancy following national ethics approval (HDEC 20/NTB/81) to include all cases of COVID-19 infection since the first New Zealand case. The Liggins Institute advise they are aware that retrospective notification will be required of some cases. DHBs have been notified.

Lead Maternity Carers, including midwives and obstetricians, hospital clinical staff, and General  Practitioners are asked to notify the Registry of any cases of Covid-19 in pregnancy via email.

The principal investigators are Associate Professor Katie Groom, Dr Lynn Sadler, Associate Professor Nicola Austin and Dr Kasey Tawhara. Further information can be found on the Registry website www.liggins.auckland.ac.nz/covid19 and by emailing covid19@auckland.ac.nz.

The COVID-19 Infection in Pregnancy in New Zealand Registry Information Sheet for Health Professionals

The COVID-19 Infection in Pregnancy in New Zealand Registry Information Sheet.

NZSHS Syphilis in Pregnancy Guideline released

The New Zealand Sexual Health Society Inc guidance on Syphilis in pregnancy has been released. See https://nzshs.org/guidelines. The Ministry of Health has advised that due to COVID-19 the Communicable Diseases group at the Ministry are unable to pursue the development of guidance on third trimester screening. 

PHARMAC consultation

PHARMAC proposals to list medical devices

PHARMAC welcomes feedback on their proposal to list medical devices relating to obstetrics and gynaecology.  See https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/news/consultation-2020-09-09-obgyn-rehab-ja/ and https://www.pharmac.govt.nz/hospital-devices/categories/o-and-g/ for further information, including how to respond.

ACC news

Neonatal Encephalopathy

ACC Treatment Safety priorities include reducing the incidence and severity of neonatal encephalopathy (NE) treatment injuries in New Zealand. ACC is working with the NE taskforce to implement a significant programme of work focused on four priority areas: growth assessment protocol; fetal heart monitoring; newborn observation chart and newborn early warning system and cord lactate testing.

Improvements using NOC/NEWS

ACC advise that Bay of Plenty DHB recently began using the Newborn Observation Chart and Newborn Early Warning Score (NOC/NEWS) tool for identifying newborn babies at risk of NE and is seeing early signs of benefits for mothers and babies, with at-risk babies being identified earlier, and babies whose health is deteriorating being picked up quickly.

ACC research: Treatment Injury Claims – input wanted

ACC’s Customer Insights and Experience group are conducting research to understand the experiences clients and providers have when raising a treatment injury claim. The group are looking to speak with a number of providers about their experiences with treatment injury, specifically throughout the cover assessment and decision process. ACC are also interested in understanding the perspective and opinion of registered health professionals about restorative justice and the role it may play in helping patients with closure around treatment injuries.

For further information on the research project please contact Tali Maulgue Tali.Maulgue@acc.co.nz.  

Prevocational Pathway applications open – please share

Please pass the following information onto junior doctors who might be interested in becoming an O&G specialist.
PVP training allows doctors to study foundation-level obstetrics and gynaecological skills to help prepare for entry into the FRANZCOG training program.

More info is on the RANZCOG website at https://www.ranzcog.edu.au/Training/Prevocational-Pathway or contact pvp@ranzcog.edu.au.

O&Gs needed for research study – University of Auckland

Study on Gender Values and Health in Ethnic Communities

A research team based at the University of Auckland are conducting a study on Gender Values and Health in Ethnic Communities and are seeking to interview medical practitioners, community leaders, NGOs and policymakers to help explore gendering at birth, infancy and childhood among ethnic communities in New Zealand.

Involvement is one 60 minute semi-structured face-to-face interview on health issues faced by girls/women and boys/men from ethnic communities. Some of the topics covered include: traditional values and gender inequity; impact of migration; perceptions of pregnancy and childbirth; gendered barriers to health care access.

For more information please contact: Rachel Simon-Kumar, Associate Professor, University of Auckland at (09) 923 7645 or r.simon-kumar@auckland.ac.nz

He Hono Wāhine Hui - last chance to register

Registrations are still being accepted for the He Hono Wāhine Hui on 16-18 October 2020 at Ōwhata Marae in Rotorua. The hui is open to all RANZCOG Fellows, trainees and their whānau. Apart from travel costs, the hui is free to attend, as catering, bedding packages and accommodation expenses are all covered by RANZCOG.  

The hui follows a flexible format with discussion and activity around He Hono Wāhine’s planning and priorities for 2021; Tikanga Māori; Waiata; Māori health research; and Tuakana Teina relationships.

Please register your attendance with Katie McFetridge kmcfetridge@ranzcog.org.nz

Webinar Updates next week 

RANZCOG is hosting two webinar updates next week - one on equity of cervical screening and the other on treatment of urinary incontinence. You can attend live or watch later at your convenience. For further information and to register go to the dedicated RANZCOG NZ Webinar Update webpage.

RANZCOG Consumer Network

RANZCOG has introduced a Consumer Network in the hope to remain connected and relevant to the communities it serves by actively incorporating consumer perspectives into its work. Read more here. https://ranzcog.edu.au/our-college/consumer-network.

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.

Research Review Podcast Series - Immuno-Oncology Treatment for Urothelial and Renal Cancer  

In this recording Dr Alvin Tan addressed an audience of NZ healthcare professionals on immuno-oncology in urothelial and renal cancer using case studies to demonstrate recent advances in this  field. To read more and watch the podcast see: www.researchreview.co.nz.

Paediatric Vaccines Research Review   

In issue 43 of the Paediatric Vaccines research review there are relevant articles on: Phase 1/2 study of COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b1; Safety profile of rubella vaccine in pregnant women; A review of vaccine safety Safety and immunogenicity of 3 inactivated influenza vaccines in pregnancy; Danish social media campaign addresses HPV vaccination hesitancy; Global perspectives on immunisation during pregnancy; Impact of extending the timing of maternal pertussis vaccination.

Upcoming NZ and online events

RANZCOG NZ Webinar Update

Towards a safe, equitable cervical screening programme

22 September 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
With Professor Bev Lawton and Associate Professor Lisa Whop. 
For further information and to register go to: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/

RANZCOG NZ Webinar Update

Treatment of urinary incontinence in women

23 September 2020, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
With presenter Associate Professor Mike Stitely.
For further information and to register go to: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/

Health Law Intensive course

21–25 September 2020, Wellington
The University of Otago’s Faculty of Law offers postgraduate-focused courses in Health Systems Law. This is of interest to senior clinicians, health board members, chief executives, and senior managers working in the health sector in Australia and New Zealand.
Further information: https://www.otago.ac.nz/law/postgraduate/healthlawintensive/.

He Hono Wāhine 2020 Hui

16-18 October 2020, Ōwhata Marae, Rotorua
For RANZCOG Fellows, trainees and their whānau. Increase your cultural knowledge and confidence in a supportive environment. For further information and to register contact Jude Kaveney jkaveney@ranzcog.org.nz.  

RANZCOG NZ Webinar Update   

Fertility update

3 November 2020, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, online
With Professor Cindy Farquhar. 
For further information and to register go to: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/

NPM International Indigenous Research Conference 2020

A Gathering of Indigenous Minds

18-20 November 2020, online
Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga are holding their 2020 Indigenous Research Conference online to enable Indigenous researchers and scholars worldwide to share their research via an interactive programme with live audiences and opportunities for Q&A, chats and social connections. 
Register at http://indigenousresearchconference.ac.nz/

RANZCOG NZ Cultural Competency Course

Face to face workshop 23 November 2020.

Post-graduate course: Utilising the Hui Process/Meihana Model in Clinical Practice by MIHI (University of Otago)

Online modules and face to face workshop.
Further information and to register: Utilising the Hui Process/Meihana Model in Clinical Practice or contact Amber Philpott amber.philpott@otago.ac.nz.

Counties Manukau Health’s 2020 Women’s Health Update Day - Preterm Birth

25 November 2020, Middlemore Hospital

Preterm Birth - The goalposts are changing and so are the approaches

To register online go to: https://www.eventfinda.co.nz/2020/womenrs-health-update-day-preterm-birth2/auckland/otahuhu

RANZCOG NZ Annual Scientific Meeting

June 2021, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

He Kakari Taurite mo te Oranga Wāhine / Campaigning for Equity in Women's Health

More annoucements to follow very soon. See www.nzasm.org.nz for further information or contact Makiko Wimbush mwimbush@ranzcog.org.nz 

Staff Contacts

phone +64 04 472 4608

Catherine Cooper
ccooper@ranzcog.org.nz or 021 137 0748

Jude Kaveney
Training Coordinator

Makiko Wimbush
Events & SIMG Coordinator

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator

Katie McFetridge

RANZCOG NZ webpage

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