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GP obstetricians integral providers of obstetric care in Australia

29 November 2018


Media Release


Recent media reports suggest that General Practitioner obstetricians (GPOs) are being excluded from shared antenatal and intrapartum care in public hospitals. This has left GPOs with limited opportunities to provide comprehensive maternity care despite holding a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (DRANZCOG).
 
As the peak body for maternity care in Australia, RANZCOG has collaborated with RACGP and ACRRM for a number of years to deliver a Diploma pathway for General Practitioners that enables them to provide safe, quality women’s health care.
 
Newly elected President of RANZCOG, Dr Vijay Roach said, “The training requirements are rigorous and DRANZCOG practitioners provide a consistently high standard of care”.
 
Holders of the DRANZCOG qualification administer preconceptional, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care in collaboration with midwives and specialist obstetricians. GPOs provide a highly skilled service and continuity of care, a key consideration for pregnant women and their families.
 
“It would be remiss not to acknowledge the essential role General Practitioner obstetricians play as part of the obstetric workforce, particularly in regional, rural and remote areas. In metropolitan areas, women often choose to avail themselves of shared antenatal care” said Dr Roach. “Our more than 2500 DRANZCOG practitioners are vital and indeed valued members of our College and local communities”.
 
RANZCOG calls upon the Australian Government, State Health Departments and local hospitals to recognise the value of GPOs and retain their services to the obstetric community.
 
“Women experience the best pregnancy and birthing outcomes in a collaborative model of care. Acknowledging the role of General Practitioner obstetricians, along with specialist obstetricians and midwives as part of this model is central to maintaining best outcomes for mothers and babies”.



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