Gender Equity and Diversity at RANZCOG
As a medical college dedicated to women’s health, it is clear we must ensure that our diverse membership is fairly represented within the RANZCOG leadership. This includes elected positions on the Board and Council, and appointed positions on RANZCOG committees.
The RANZCOG Board recognises that having a diverse organisation that is composed of people with the relevant blend of differing skills, experience, perspectives, age and cultures leads to more opportunities for effective leadership, stronger decision-making and better outcomes for our patients.
In November 2018, the RANZCOG Board appointed a Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group (GEDWG), with the objectives of creating policies and enacting processes that would improve gender equity, inclusion and diversity within our College.
Gender Equity and Diversity Report
In 2019 the College released its Gender Equity and Diversity Report, providing guidance and practical steps towards achieving our goals.
Progress and initiatives
On 10 August 2020, GEDWG Chair Dr Gillian Gibson updated members and trainees on the work to improve gender equity, inclusion and diversity.
Read the update here and watch Dr Gibson’s video message below:
GENDER EQUITY AND DIVERSITY WORKING GROUP MEMBERS
Chair: Dr Gillian Gibson
Deputy Chair: Dr Nisha Khot
Dr Gillian Gibson
BSc(Hons) MBChB Dip Obstet MRCOG FRANZCOG
Gill has been a RANZCOG Fellow since 1997. She was a New Zealand representative on the 9th and 10th RANZCOG Councils 2014 -2018 and member of the O&G Magazine Editorial Advisory Group 2011-2018. She is ex-officio member of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, an elected member 2005–2011 and Chair of the New Zealand committee 2008–2010.
She is a Generalist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) with a special interest in outpatient gynaecology including hysteroscopy, colposcopy and sexual & reproductive healthcare. She is Clinical Director of the Auckland regional first trimester abortion service. She has a private gynaecology practice and was a member of a private obstetric group practice in Auckland for 18 years (1997–2016).
This will be Gill’s second term as a Board Director.
Dr Nisha Khot
MBBS MD FRCOG FRANZCOG AFRACMA
Nisha is a Victorian obstetrician working at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Bacchus Marsh Hospital. She also holds clinical educator positions at University of Melbourne Medical School and Notre Dame University. She trained in India and the UK before moving to Australia. Nisha has a special interest in simulation-based education especially in rural and low resource settings. She is a past PROMPT trainer and a member of the Gandel simulation service based at RWH. As an educator with ONE-Sim program, she provides inter-professional training for maternity care providers in India.
Elected to Council in 2018, she is a member of the Women’s Health and SIMG committees. She is the deputy chair of the Gender Equity and Diversity working group for RANZCOG. She has been an examiner for both advanced diploma and Fellowship examinations. In addition to her role within RANZCOG, Nisha is a board member for the Victorian Rural Doctors Association and represent salaried medical officers at AMA Victoria. She is a passionate advocate for equitable and diverse representation in healthcare leadership, sexual and reproductive rights of women and equitable access to healthcare & health literacy for migrant and refugee women.
This will be Nisha’s first term as a Board Director.