2023 RANZCOG Honours winners

Congratulations to all the 2023 RANZCOG Honours winners.

RANZCOG

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Updated
14 August 2023

Congratulations to all the 2023 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 2023 recipients below.

Honorary Fellow

Recipient: Dr Ravi Chandran

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Dr Chandran has made to women’s health. Through his tireless work with AOFOG (Asia Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology) and FIGO (The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics), Dr Chandran has fostered and strengthened relations with regional and international organisations for improved collaboration in improving women’s health outcomes particularly in the Asia Oceania region.

RANZCOG President’s Medal

Recipient: A/Prof Greg Jenkins

Awarded for Greg’s extraordinary contribution to the work of the College over many years. In particular Greg’s extensive work on College committees and incredible commitment to the FRANZCOG training program. The Board also notes Greg’s invaluable leadership as Chair on the Training Accreditation Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the many challenges, changes and decisions necessary for ongoing delivery of the FRANZCOG training program.

Distinguished Service Medal

Recipient: Dr Scott White

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution and impact Scott has made to the College over many years through his work on numerous College Committees, working groups and advisory groups as well as his role as a College Councillor. The Board also notes his immense commitment to teaching and supporting junior doctors, including as a member of the ‘Supportive Seniors’ group offering additional support for trainees facing challenges.

Distinguished Service Medal

Recipient: Dr Sue Belgrave

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Sue has made to the work of the College over many years, through her work on numerous College Committees and her roles as a College Councillor and Training Supervisor. The Board also notes Sue’s significant contributions as a RANZCOG representative on various groups, such as the Maternity Guidelines Review Steering Group, the ACC Neonatal Encephalopathy Taskforce, and as Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC), as well as her contributions to the development and review of national clinical maternity guidelines in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Distinguished Service Medal

Recipient: Dr Judith Gardiner

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution Judith has made to the work of the College over many years through her invaluable work on numerous College Committees, as a College Councillor and RANZCOG Board member. The Board also notes Judith’s immense commitment to the DRANZCOG and DRANZCOG Advanced examinations, as an exam coordinator and examiner, and her advocacy work for rural and remote women’s healthcare.

RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award

Recipient: A/Prof Harry Merkur

Awarded for Harry’s extraordinary contribution to women’s health, in particular, his remarkable accomplishments in establishing critical services such as Ultrasound (Perinatal and Gynaecological), Colposcopy and the Gestational Diabetes clinic at Blacktown Hospital, and his pioneering efforts in the development of the laparoscopic training fellowship program, which has since evolved into the esteemed AGES Accredited SWAPS Fellowship.

RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award

Recipient: A/Prof Len Kilman

Awarded for the substantial contribution Len has made to women’s health over many years. In particular, his work in establishing the first and only unit in Victoria (at the time, in 1986) to deal with women’s alcohol and drug problems in pregnancy, now the ‘Women’s Alcohol and Drug Service’ (WADS). The Board also notes Len’s instrumental work instigating an HIV service with input from infectious disease physicians at the Alfred Hospital, developing appropriate protocols for the treatment of HIV in pregnancy.

RANZCOG Excellence in Women’s Health Award

Recipient: Dr Peter Sykes

Awarded for Peter’s substantial contribution to women’s health over many years, particularly in the field of gynaecological oncology. Peter’s efforts in advocating for improved standards of care for women with gynaecological cancer and his leadership in numerous initiatives and government projects in Aotearoa have played a pivotal role in strengthening services and resources available to support women’s health across the New Zealand.

RANZCOG Service Certificate

Recipient: Ms Jude Kaveney

Awarded for Jude’s notable contribution to the work of the College over many years. In particular, her work in the administration of all aspects of Training, Accreditation and SIMG interviews in the Aotearoa New Zealand offices. The Board also notes Jude’s extensive work in organising mock OSCE examinations, trainee orientation sessions, ITP interviews and multiple workshops and training days for Aotearoa New Zealand members.

RANZCOG Māori Women’s Health Award

Recipient: Hapū Wananga Taranaki

Awarded for the extraordinary contribution the Hapū Wananga Taranaki, a Māori antenatal education programme, has made to the betterment of Māori women and Māori babies health.

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