International Women's Day webinar

22 February 2021

RANZCOG is proud to celebrate International Women's Day for 2021.

This is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

The UN theme for this year is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”.

Please join our wonderful panel to discuss this theme which celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future.

Opening and welcome from RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach.

Date: Thursday, 4 March.

Time: 10am - 11.30am AEDT.
Register here (including the opportunity to submit a question for the panel)


Dr Nancy Hamura

Dr Nancy Hamura is an emerging O+G leader in Papua New Guinea and a Pacific Associate member of RANZCOG. This is her fourth year as an O+G specialist. Her first two years were spent at Paradise Private Hospital, which has the largest birthing unit in private practice in the country. With an interest in gynaecology and training young doctors, she currently works at Goroka Provincial Hospital where, on average, there are 4000 to 5000 deliveries each year.

A single parent to two wonderful girls, Dr Hamura takes take out from her busy schedule by going on regular hikes.

Ms Meredith Heily

Ms Meredith Heily is a ICU nurse with experience in all areas of critical care, emergency and resuscitation medicine. Ms Heily has a background in nursing and medical education and research, which has generally been pursued while concurrently continuing to practice in the clinical setting. She is currently pursuing research into post-operative anaesthetic management of cardiac surgical patients in the ICU.

Professor Sue Walker AO

Professor Sue Walker is a maternal fetal medicine sub-specialist and an academic clinical researcher. She has founded and continues to lead the Perinatal Medicine Department at Mercy Hospital for Women, which has flourished into a tertiary referral site for some of the highest risk pregnancies in Victoria.

Professor Walker obtained her FRANZCOG and MD in 2000 before completing MFM sub-specialty training in 2004 and undertaking a Maternal Fetal Medicine fellowship at the world leading Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto in 2007.

Dr Gill Gibson

Dr Gill Gibson is a generalist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Auckland District Health Board with a special interest in outpatient gynaecology. She is Clinical Director for the Auckland regional abortion service. She has a private gynaecology practice and was a private maternity care provider for close to 20 years.

Dr Gibson has been actively involved with RANZCOG for many years, chairing the local New Zealand Committee 2008-2010. She has been on RANZCOG Council for the last six years. Dr Gibson has enjoyed the challenge as chair of a working group tackling gender equity and diversity issues within the College and is encouraged to see policy development, particularly those aiming for more woman in senior leadership roles.

Ms Vase Jovanoska

Ms Vase Jovanoska is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Born in Macedonia and migrating to Australia, Ms Jovanoska understands the challenges faced when migrating to a new country and is passionate about social justice and equity.

She is committed to improving the quality of health services and community wellbeing. With many years of experience across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors including over five years at the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM), two years at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and until recently, a Board Member of DPV Health and Girl Guides Victoria, Ms Jovanoska has been instrumental in transforming organisations into efficient, high-performing and positive environments.



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.