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2021 RANZCOG Honours winners

26 July 2021

Congratulations to all the 2021 RANZCOG Honours winners.
 
RANZCOG bestowed honours and awards on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the College and/or women’s health more broadly. Nominations were considered by the College Honours Committee and awarded by the RANZCOG Board.
 
Read about the 2021 recipients below.

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Honorary Fellowship
 
Recipient: Professor Paul Lancaster AM
 
Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Paul has made to women’s health as a world leading researcher in the field of human reproductive and perinatal epidemiology monitoring of birth defects. In particular, Paul’s incredible work and leadership in establishing the national Birth Defects monitoring Program as well as the world’s first national register of IVF pregnancies.

 
Honorary Fellowship
 
Recipient: Professor Caroline Homer AO
 
Awarded for the extraordinary contribution and impact Caroline has made to women’s health, through her Midwifery research, educator, and leadership roles. In particular, her remarkable work while President of the Australian College of Midwives, strengthening the collaboration between the ACM and RANZCOG.

 
Distinguished Service Medal
 
Recipient: Emeritus Professor Alistair MacLennan
 
Awarded for the significant contribution Alistair has made to women’s health over many years. The Board also acknowledges Alistair’s ground-breaking research into the causes of cerebral palsy and the major contributions this work has had on the practice of obstetrics.

 
Distinguished Service Medal
 
Recipient: Dr Rupert Sherwood
 
Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Rupert has made to the work of the College. In particular, his work on numerous College committees, the RANZCOG Council and Board over the past 20 years. The Board also recognises Rupert’s tireless work as a leader, mentor, and supervisor to a generation of trainees and consultants.

 
Distinguished Service Medal
 
Recipient: Professor Lesley McCowan ONZM
 
Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Lesley has made to the work of the College. Most notably, her work on numerous Committees including more than 12 years of service on Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku providing expertise and advice. The Board also notes Lesley’s extensive contribution and commitment as a teacher, supervisor and examiner of O&G trainees research projects.

 
RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient: Professor Grant Montgomery
 
Awarded for Grant’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health as a world leading researcher in the field of genetics and genomics in the area of reproductive science. The Board particularly notes Grant’s work in endometriosis, which has reshaped global views on the aetiology of this disease.

 
RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient:  Dr Jared Watts
 
Awarded for Jared’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health, in particular, his advocacy work for women in rural and remote areas especially Aboriginal women in the Kimberley. The Board also recognises Jared’s commitment and dedication to women’s health through his work with multiple aid organisations overseas, providing emergency pregnancy care for women in war-zones and low income countries.

 
RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient: Dr John Hall
 
Awarded for John’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health through his advocacy work promoting rural and remote birthing services. The Board particularly notes John’s work in helping to establish generalist rural training pathways to promote GP Obstetrics.

 
RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient: Professor Danielle Mazza
 
Awarded for Danielle’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health as a leading clinician researcher, advocate and educator on women’s health care. The Board particularly notes Danielle’s unflagging commitment to improving the quality of sexual and reproductive health care provided to women by GPs.

 
RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient: Dr Debra Kennedy
 
Awarded for Debra’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health as an expert in the field of medications safety in pregnancy and breastfeeding. The Board particularly notes her work in establishing the Mothersafe Clinic at the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney, providing up to date information on medications in pregnancy and breastfeeding for clinicians and mothers.


RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient: Dr Ken Apen
 
Awarded for Ken’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health over many years and his commitment to improving Indigenous Health and rural Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The Board particularly notes Ken’s work in establishing a gynaecological service with the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical service, allowing Indigenous women to access gynaecological care in a culturally safe environment.

 
RANZCOG Māori Women’s Health Award
 
Recipient: Māori Indigenous Health Institute (MIHI) c/o Professor Suzanne Pitama
 
Awarded for the extraordinary contribution to Māori women’s health through supporting and undertaking research in the field of Māori health inequities. The Board also notes the significant contribution The Māori Indigenous Health Institute has made to RANZCOG with the post-graduate MIHI 501 Application of the Hui Process and Meihana Model, now a cornerstone of RANZCOG’s journey to increase the cultural competence and safety of all O&Gs in New Zealand.



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