RANZCOG NZ Pānui - 30 November 2020

2020 RANZCOG Honours

Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the College and/or women’s health more broadly are recognised through the annual RANZCOG Honours. Congratulations to New Zealanders Dr Celia Devenish, Dr Ian Page, Professor Bev Lawton and the Smear Your Mea campaign. 

  Fellow Dr Ian Page               Fellow Dr Celia Devenish
Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku Chair Dr Celia Devenish, is the recipient of the 2020 RANZCOG President's Medal for her extraordinary contribution to the work of the College over many years. Dr Ian Page received the Distinguished Service Medal for his significant contribution to the work of the College over many years. RANZCOG Māori Women’s Health Award recipients are He Hono Wāhine member Professor Bev Lawton for her extraordinary contribution to Māori women’s health in the field of cervical cancer prevention in Aotearoa and Eruera Keepa, Chair of the successful Smear Your Mea campaign, which contributed to Māori women’s health through cervical cancer prevention.

You can read about all the 2020 RANZCOG Honours recipients at https://ranzcog.edu.au/news/2020-ranzcog-honours-winners.  It is the intention for New Zealand recipients to be presented with their awards at the RANZCOG NZ ASM in June next year.

Special resolution at AGM endorses RANZCOG’s commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The constitution amendments establish two voting positions for Māori on RANZCOG’s council. The Chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee and the Chair of He Hono Wāhine will be permanent positions on Council, and one of the three New Zealand elected positions on Council will be a position for a Māori fellow elected by Māori Fellows. 

In preparation for Council elections next year it is important that all Māori Fellows who would like to vote on this position are identified on my.RANZCOG. Please email membership@ranzcog.edu.au to update your profile.

FOS and BOS workshops - thank you

Sincere thanks to the 13 tutors who generously gave their time and expertise to teach at the Foundations of Surgery and Basic Obstetric Skills workshops earlier this month. These workshops are mandatory for trainees.
19 trainees attended FOS and 29 attended BOS (which included those doing the Pre-vocational Pathway PVP). The workshops were held at the Simulation & Skills Centre, Wellington Hospital which was a great venue. Some photos from the FOS workshop are included here.


Reminder: Health and disability services standard consultation 

The closing date for submissions on the public consultation on the Health and disability services standard is currently* 13 January 2021. You can view or download the draft standard on the Standards New Zealand website. Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku are preparing a submission. 

*Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and some other medical colleges have requested that this date be extended given the timing.

Applications invited: Mercia Barnes Trust 

The Mercia Barnes Trust specifically supports New Zealand research with a focus on supporting young researchers. Applications are invited for Mercia Barnes Trust 2021 research grants in the area of women's and reproductive health up to a value of $35,000 each. Applications close 5pm Friday 5 March 2021. For further information please see the RANZCOG website or contact the RANZCOG NZ office at ranzcog@ranzcog.org.nz.

Call for Abstracts - NZ Annual Scientific Meeting 2021

Abstracts are invited for the 2021 NZ ASM, being held at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 June. Abstract submissions on the theme He Kakari Taurite mo te Oranga Wāhine │Campaigning for Equity in Women’s Health must be submitted by Monday 15 March 2021.  See https://www.nzasm.org.nz/abstracts for further information or email asmabstracts@ranzcog.org.nz.

EOI: 2021 Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshop

Facilitated by Claro Law, RANZCOG NZ are excited to bring you a face-to-face workshop on Friday 14 May 2021 on Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training. An expert’s report is a vital element in litigation. An excellent report is also one of the most effective marketing tools that an expert will have in their career.  Please email Lynn Gestro if you are interested in attending this workshop.

Update your RANZCOG membership profile

Add language fluency details

Did you know that Fellows can add any languages they are fluent in, including Te Reo Māori, as part of their membership profile on my.RANZCOG? Email membership with any queries at membership@ranzcog.edu.au.

Locate an O&G doctor

Are you aware of the Locate an O&G doctor feature on the RANZCOG website? You can search by specialty; surname/postcode/suburb or by language.  You can opt in to have your details included here as part of your membership profile - you control what details are included.  Check out: https://ranzcog.edu.au/womens-health/locate-an-o-g-doctor. Please direct any queries to the membership team in Melbourne via membership@ranzcog.edu.au.  

Ministry of Health news

Fetal and Infant Deaths web tool

The Ministry’s Fetal and Infant Deaths web tool presents a summary of fetal and infant deaths, with a focus on deaths and stillbirths registered in 2017. Information presented includes demographic information (eg, ethnicity and sex), cause of death, gestation and birthweight, as well as deaths classified as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This dataset is a continuation of the Fetal and Infant Deaths series.

Database review: current information for providers’ authorisations to claim under the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2007

The Ministry is reviewing providers who claim under the Section 88 Primary Maternity Services Notice. In January they plan to lapse the authorisation of providers who haven’t made a claim since 1 July 2019.  If you have not made a claim in this period but plan to provide primary maternity care please contact the Ministry by 15 January 2021 – phone 0800 855 066 or email customerservice@health.govt.nz.  For more information see https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/life-stages/maternity-services/updates-work-maternity-services-sector.

Immunisation Update

Planning for a COVID-19 immunisation programme

The Ministry has set up a team to support the purchasing process and COVID-19 immunisation programme when safe and effective vaccines become available.  Contact the Ministry’s COVID-19 immunisation team directly with any queries at COVID-19vaccine@health.govt.nz. The Ministry is working closely with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). The government’s vaccine strategy can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines/

Pharmacist administration of HPV vaccine

Following the recent recommendation of the Medicines Classification Committee, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is now a Prescription Medicine, except when administered by a registered pharmacist or registered intern pharmacist who has successfully completed a vaccinator training course approved by the Ministry of Health, and is complying with the Ministry of Health’s immunisation standards. Only privately purchased HPV vaccination is currently available at pharmacies.

Note: Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku supported the application for HPV to become a pharmacist administered vaccine. Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku also supports HPV vaccine being funded for pharmacist administration rather than only privately purchased.

LearnOnline platform

The Ministry has an online learning platform for health professionals - see https://learnonline.health.nz/.

Consultation: Informing development of a data and information strategy for health and disability

The Ministry is developing a data and information strategy for health and disability. It is a companion strategy for the Digital Health Strategic Framework. The consultation closes 20 December 2020. See https://consult.health.govt.nz/data-and-digital/aca430e8/ or email data_governance@health.govt.nz for more information.

HQSC news

PMMRC: poster highlighting maternity support for women during COVID-19 restrictions

The Perinatal & Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) have made a poster highlighting maternity support reminders for women during COVID-19 restrictions. The need for these reminders were identified by maternity specialists who reviewed the maternal deaths that occurred in Aotearoa New Zealand during the COVID-19 lockdown in the first half of 2020.
The four key actions/messages for maternity services to support women are:
  • Make contact early
  • Hospitals are safe
  • Make safe sleep devices available
  • Provide a clear discharge summary
See the HQSC website for more information and to download the posters.

NZ Blood Service update

The NZ Blood Service has produced documents to guide LMCs who make the decision to provide Routine RhD Immunoglobulin Prophylaxis to their patients: Discussion with a Transfusion Medicine Specialist is recommended if you have any questions relating to the contents of these documents. 
See https://nzblood.co.nz/ to download the documents.


Stakeholder survey

PHARMAC are seeking insights into the type of relationship people have with them now and what’s needed into the future. They have asked an independent research consultancy to undertake a survey on their behalf.  Click here to take you to the survey and for further information. The survey is expected to take around 10 minutes and will be open until 18 December 2020.
Contact Megan Herbert with any questions or comments about the survey at megan.herbert@pharmac.govt.nz

Combined oral contraceptive update

PHARMAC advise they have secured additional Necon and are able to fully fund Mercilon 28 for a three-month period from 14 December 2020 until 28 February 2021.
Following sector feedback and advice from their expert clinical advisors PHARMAC say Mercilon 28 may be a suitable alternative combined oral contraceptive for patients who cannot tolerate combined oral contraceptives containing ethinyloestradiol with levonorgestrel (Microgynon 20 ED and Levlen ED), or where a progesterone only pill or long acting reversible contraceptive is unsuitable.
You can read more about PHARMAC’s oral contraceptives supply updates here: https://pharmac.govt.nz/medicine-funding-and-supply/medicine-notices/oral-contraceptives/.

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.

Breast Cancer Research Review

In issue 31-2020 of the Breast Cancer Research Review there are articles on: mBC prognosis and survival in New Zealand; Hyperthyroidism and breast cancer risk; Risk of lymphoedema after axillary surgery; Breast cancer screening with MRI; Breast screening for women aged 70+; Neoadjuvant atezolizumab in TNBC; TDM-1 in mBC with brain metastases; Tucatinib in mBC with brain metastases; ctDNA for mutation-directed therapy; Adjuvant paclitaxel and carboplatin in TNBC.

Fertility Research Review  

In issue 25-2020 of the Fertility Research Review there are articles on: Impact of treatment delays on live birth rates; Impact of ovarian stimulation on live birth rates; Success rates for a second ART-conceived child; Better outcomes with dual trigger; E-cigarettes associated with lower sperm counts; Endometrial thickness as a biomarker; Freeze decisions for borderline blastocysts; Second poor-quality transfer increases multiple birth rate; Live births after ovarian tissue transplantation; Long-term impact of tubal flushing.

NZ Diabetes and Obesity Research Review  

In issue 139-2020 of the NZ Diabetes and Obesity Research Review there are relevant articles on: Metformin in women with type 2 diabetes in pregnancy (MiTy); Intrauterine exposure to diabetes and risk of cardiovascular disease in adolescence and early adulthood.

Education Series - Iron deficiency in female health

Part1: Heavy Menstrual Bleeding 

Provides an overview of the diagnosis and management of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in adolescent and adult females with a focus on heavy menstrual bleeding and iron replacement therapy. 

Part2: Pregnancy 

Provides an overview of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anaemia in pregnancy. 

Psychiatry Research Review

In issue 52-2020 of Psychiatry Research Review there is a relevant article on:  Associations between prenatal cannabis exposure and childhood outcomes.

Review of ESMO Virtual Congress - genitourinary and breast cancer studies 

This review of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress, held in September, focuses on genitourinary and breast cancer studies selected by Dr Carmel Jacobs and Dr Hilary Martin, including: Atezolizumab for unresectable locally advanced/mTNBC; Pembrolizumab + chemotherapy for advanced urothelial carcinoma and PSMA-targeted, bispecific T-cell engager immune therapy for mCRPC.

COVID-19 in pregnancy case? Remember to notify the registry  
New Zealand Registry of COVID-19 in Pregnancy 

Upcoming NZ and online events


FOGSI - POGS International Virtual Conference

11-13 December 2020, online

Theme: Just Tumors - Benign and Malignant

For more details and to register: https://www.justtumors.com
Enquiries: justtumorspune@gmail.com.


15-18 February 2021, online

Theme: A vision for the future

Program: https://ranzcogasm.com.au/virtual-program/.
Register: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-virtual-asm-2021/registration/Site/Register.
Register before 11 December to get earlybird rate.

RANZCOG NZ Webinar Update   

Growth Assessment Protocol (GAP) Update 

23 February 2021, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, online
Presented by Professor Lesley McCowan and Joyce Cowan
See: https://ranzcog.eventsair.com/ranzcog-webinar-nz/ for further information.

NZ PROMPT Train the Trainer course 

25 - 26 March 2021, Christchurch 
See the PROMPT New Zealand website www.promptnz.org or contact Martin Sowter at martinsowter@xtra.co.nz for further details.

RANZCOG Excellence in Report Writing and Expert Witness Training workshop

14 May 2021, Wellington
Facilitated by Claro Law.
For further information and to register your interest please email Lynn Gestro.

RANZCOG NZ Annual Scientific Meeting

21-22 June 2021, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

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

See www.nzasm.org.nz for further information or contact Makiko Wimbush mwimbush@ranzcog.org.nz 


In addition to the following advertised vacancies please see the dedicated RANZCOG Jobs Board for Fellow and trainee employment opportunities. See jobs.ranzcog.edu.au/

O&G Registrar/Advanced Trainee Post 

Rotorua Hospital, Lakes DHB

Commencing 2 August 2021
Applications close 26 Dec 2020

In line with the National Recruitment Programme, we have an Advanced training O&G Registrar position available from 2 August 2021. We are very keen to hear from Obstetric & Gynaecology Registrars who are looking for a new challenge in an idyllic setting.

You will enjoy a high level of support and training from the O&G Consultants and other senior medical staff, and will also have the opportunity to teach SHOs and students. As the advanced trainee you will undertake directly and indirectly supervised clinics, and attend at least two theatre sessions per week to consolidate experience in major and advanced Gynaecological procedures (including abdominal, vaginal and minimal access surgery), as well as undertaking general ward work.

The after hours on-call component of this role will be aligned to the O&G consultant's on-call roster with the appropriate consultant support, and on call is one in five nights and week ends.

Your roster is such that you will have plenty of time off to enjoy all that Rotorua has to offer. Beautiful lakes, world class mountain biking trails, mineral pools and loads of outdoor adventure activities are what make Rotorua a fantastic lifestyle choice. Only 1 hour from the most beautiful beaches in NZ and 2.5 hours from the ski slopes.

All applications should include:- 
  • Up-to-date CV and completed Lakes DHB online application
  • 3 x referee reports (one of whom must be your most recent supervisor). Reports must be received by the above-stated closing date.
  • References should be attached to your application.
Unfortunately, incomplete applications cannot be considered

This is classified as a children's worker role, and is therefore subject to the safety check requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

Any queries, please contact:
Carleen Dahya, Medical Staff Recruiter +64 7 3438711: carleen.dahya@lakesdhb.govt.nz
Dr Simon Ewen, Head of Department, O&G +64 7 348 1199: simon.ewen@lakesdhb.govt.nz

Staff Contacts

phone +64 04 472 4608

Catherine Cooper
Head of New Zealand National Office
ccooper@ranzcog.org.nz or 021 137 0748

Jude Kaveney
Training and Practice Visit Advisor, NZ

Makiko Wimbush
Events and SIMG Coordinator, NZ

Lynn Gestro
Communications Coordinator, NZ

Katie McFetridge

Gerry Westhuis

RANZCOG NZ webpage

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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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