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Improving healthcare for women in the Pacific

23 September 2020

RANZCOG has a long history of working to improve women’s health in the Pacific. In collaboration with local and regional partners, as well as College members and trainees, RANZCOG’s Global Health Committee works to build the capacity of the Pacific O&G workforce. 

Last year the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation supported the Pacific Islands Cervical Cancer Screening Initiative (PICCSI). This volunteer-run project, developed by RANZCOG Fellow, Dr Nicola Fitzgerald and her Fijian colleague, Dr Amanda Noovao‐Hill, offers free HPV screening to women in Fiji and provides point-of-care treatment on the same day. In 2019, 356 women in western Fiji were screened in one week. Of these women, 13 received treatment. Dr Fitzgerald hopes to expand the project to several other Pacific nations in future.
 
The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation is instrumental to the College’s efforts to build workforce capacity in the Pacific, contributing funding for scholarships for Pacific O&G clinicians to attend RANZCOG Scientific Meetings and workshops in Australia and New Zealand, grants for research projects in the Pacific, and assistance with academic development and curriculum review at Pacific medical schools.


Dr Nicola Fitzgerald and one of her patients



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