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Advocating for Regional Fellows and trainees

25 May 2020

RANZCOG met with The Hon Mark Coulton MP, the Minister for Regional Health in Australia's Federal Coalition Government, last week, taking the opportunity to outline the work the College is undertaking to support all members and trainees in the bush.

President Dr Vijay Roach, Diplomate Board Director Dr Judith Gardiner, Regional Fellow Dr Jared Watts and CEO Vase Jovanoska attended the Zoom meeting.

The main message delivered to the Minister was that RANZCOG is committed to ensuring that women living and working in rural and remote Australia receive high quality obstetric and gynaecological healthcare throughout any pregnancy and their lives. The Minister was also told that the College will work with all levels of government, and is working on a number of initiatives to ensure specialists and GP Obstetricians have the skills and support to provide appropriate care.

The College recently received government funding to undertake research to produce a comprehensive map that documents the geographic coverage and type of maternal health and gynaecological services available across rural, regional and remote Australia, as well as uptake of services by consumers, and barriers to effective service delivery.  

This work will be fundamental for workforce planning to identify current workforce and training gaps and provide targeted recommendations to improve understaffed maternal health and gynaecological services within rural, regional, and remote Australia.

The College also is running, or planning to roll out, a number of online and face-to-face education, communication, upskilling and mentoring programs for Diplomates, and rural and remote Fellows, Trainees, Supervisors and members, to ensure facilities in these areas are staffed by highly skilled obstetricians and gynaecologists, and GP Obstetricians.



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