COVID vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women

26 February 2021

The rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations has begun.

This forum is an opportunity for consumers to hear from leading experts across Australia and New Zealand, and to raise any questions they may have.

Date: Wednesday, 10 March.

Time: 6pm – 7pm AEDT.

Register here (including the opportunity to submit a question for the panel). Registrations close on Tuesday 9 March 2021, at 5.00 pm AEDT.

Chair: Ms Laura Simpson, RANZCOG Consumer Network member.

Opening and welcome from RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach.


Dr Michelle Wise

Dr Michelle Wise is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Auckland, where she is involved in teaching medical students about all aspects of women’s health. Michelle is researching induction of labour using a balloon catheter and spending the initial part of the induction at home ( and published the first New Zealand clinical guideline on induction of labour. Michelle created and led the New Zealand COVID-19 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Network, and has spoken to the media about pregnancy and COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

Dr Michelle Giles

Dr Michelle Giles is an Infectious Diseases Physician who combines her private practice with public hospital appointments at the Alfred Hospital, Monash Health, the Royal Women's Hospital and Sunshine Hospital.

She is Deputy Co-Chair of the Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel of the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.

Dr Debra Kennedy

Dr Debra Kennedy, MBBS, FRACP. Clinical Geneticist (HGSA), trained in Paediatrics and Clinical Genetics in Sydney and Toronto, Canada. She established MotherSafe at Royal Hospital for Women in 2000. She is committed to providing evidence-based information and counselling on exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding to both consumers and health professionals.

Dr Clare Whitehead

Dr Clare Whitehead is an obstetrician combining subspecialty Maternal Fetal Medicine training with translational research at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. She is also a Senior Research Fellow, in the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Her research combines bench side development of protein and genetic markers to monitor placental function with their evaluation in the clinic in combination with clinical, ultrasound and novel MRI techniques.

Clare is Deputy Co-Chair of the Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel of the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce, and co- Principal Investigator of the national COVID-19 in Pregnancy Registry (CHOPAN).

Professor Caroline Homer AO

Professor Caroline Homer AO is a leading midwifery researcher in Australia and has an international reputation as a scholar and leader in maternal and newborn health care and service delivery. She obtained her PhD in 2001 and since then has led research and development projects in Australia and internationally especially in relation to health services delivery, reproductive, maternal and newborn care, human resources for health workforce development and midwifery education. She has more than 25 years of experience in the sector – as a clinician, educator, researcher and leader.

Caroline is part of the Burnet Institute’s Executive Team and Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, and Working Group Head, at the Institute.

Caroline is Co-Chair of the Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel of the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.



Welcome, Dr William (Bill) Warren

RANZCOG is delighted to welcome Dr William (Bill) Warren, who today started as Executive Director – Education at the College.



International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day 2021

The members of RANZCOG acknowledge the parents and families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.



Updated College Statements

These statements have been reviewed and updated during the March and July Council sessions, and published on the RANZCOG website.