Fireside Chat with RANZCOG

10 August 2020

Fireside Chat with RANZCOG – COVID-19 and Pregnancy: What you need to know

Via Zoom Webinar

Date: 18th August 2020

Time: 6pm-7pm AEST

Do you have unanswered questions about COVID-19 and pregnancy?

Please come along to a Fireside Chat with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

An expert panel of obstetricians and gynaecologists will be there to answer your questions on coronavirus and pregnancy during the pandemic.

Register here (including the opportunity to submit a question for the experts)

Details of the night, including our panel of experts, are below

We look forward to seeing you.

Any questions please email [email protected]

Date: 18th August 2020

Time: 6pm-7pm AEST

Panel of experts

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

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.

Professor John Newnham AM

Professor John Newnham is recognised as one of the world's leading authorities in the prevention of pre-term birth – the single greatest cause of death and disability in children up to five years of age.  He is a Professor of Obstetrics at The University of Western Australia (UWA), a sub-specialist in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Head of the UWA Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is Chair of the Australian Preterm Birth Prevention Alliance.

John is 2020 Senior Australian of the Year.

Dr Vijay Roach

President of RANZCOG, Dr Vijay Roach is a Visiting Medical Officer in obstetrics and gynaecology in both public and private practice in Sydney. His first role with the College was as Chair of the NSW Training and Accreditation Committee, a position that he held for nine years. Committed to medical education, Vijay lectures at the University of Sydney, emphasising the importance of compassion and kindness in medical practice.

Jane Fisher

Jane Fisher, an academic Clinical and Health Psychologist, is Finkel Professor of Global Health and Professor of Women’s Health in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. With colleagues, she completed a recent national survey of the psychological impact of the first month of COVID-19 restrictions. She is the guest presenter on ABC Melbourne Drive each week with Rafael Epstein of Life and Other Catastrophes, a program about experiences and relationships, which has for the past three months enabled wide community discussion about the impacts of the restrictions on peoples' lives. 



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