Expression of Interest - Australian O&G Workforce Working Group

04 October 2021

This page was updated on 4 October, 2021

RANZCOG is seeking a diverse group of people with different experiences and ideas to join the Australian O&G Workforce Working Group. The Working Group will support ongoing workforce planning initiatives by the College.
Chair of the Working Group, RANZCOG President-Elect Dr Benjamin Bopp said it was vital “the significant imbalance” in workforce supply, demand and training is addressed. “We owe our general practice, specialist trainees and new graduates a true picture of their career prospects after committing a significant part of their life for their qualification,” Dr Bopp said.
“The College recognises that professionally fulfilled practitioners are better positioned to provide quality patient care.”
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Expressions of Interest close at 11:59pm AEDT Sunday, October 17.
Applications will be assessed by ensuring a diversity of members and trainees as listed within the Terms of Reference as well as the quality of responses to questions which form part of the application process.
Click here for further details about the Working Group, and to complete an application.
The Working Group will meet four times a year, at least one of which is face-to-face, including one joint meeting per year with the New Zealand O&G Workforce Working Group.
For more information please contact RANZCOG’s Project Lead, Rosalie Sirotic on +61 3 9114 3922 or [email protected].
The main responsibilities of the Working Group include providing the RANZCOG Board with advice about the current state and trends of the O&G workforce around the following matters:
  • Scope of practice
  • Ageing of workforce
  • Distribution of workforce
Dr Bopp said: “The role of subspecialists and SIMGs in workforce contribution must also be taken into account.”
The Working Group will undertake workforce modelling and training pipelines, to enable the College to provide real-time recommendations to the Australian Government’s Medical Workforce Reform Advisory Committee (MWRAC) on a regular basis.
The Working Group will also provide the RANZCOG Board, Regional Fellows Committee and Diplomates Committee with ongoing recommendations in addressing the maldistribution of workforce in regional, rural and remote areas, and support RANZCOG in the development of targeted programs and initiatives to address maldistribution.
Working Group Deputy Chair, RANZCOG Diplomate Board Director Dr Judith Gardiner said: “The work of the group is important because there may be an uneven spread of skills. Obviously, a lot of the skill set is concentrated in the bigger cities where the main teaching hospitals are. That is appropriate because regional, rural and remote areas have those centres to send their more complicated cases, but the further out you go, there seems to be a reluctance of people to work in those areas. That leads to workforce shortages in those areas and the need for women to travel long distances to get appropriate care.”
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