President’s Blog – April 2023

RANZCOG

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Updated
24 April 2023

Congratulations, Dr Gillian Gibson

Congratulations to Dr Gillian Gibson as our President-Elect!

Gill has extensive skills and experience to bring to the role of President. On behalf of the RANZCOG Board and Council, I congratulate Gill and am confident her passion and dedication will help deliver the best guidance and support to our Members and trainees across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Advocacy

March and April have certainly been busy advocating for our Members and trainees. Activities included:

– Speaking at the Queensland Workforce Forum.

– Meetings with: Victorian Minister for Health Mary-Anne Thomas; AMA President (and Past President of RANZCOG) Professor Steve Robson; and ACT Minister for Health Rachel Stephen-Smith.

– Participated in a Department of Health and Aged Care National Medical Workforce Strategy meeting.

– Attended the Rural Doctors Association of Australia’s rural medicine talks in Canberra.

– Attending the AGES’ Annual Scientific Meeting.

– Representing RANZCOG at the Queensland Health Termination of Pregnancy Roundtable

Events

The recent Regional Symposium in Hobart was a brilliantly organized and informative event!

Check out all the highlights.

Thank you to all attendees, panellists, speakers and presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and industry supporters, venue and venue staff, event volunteers, RANZCOG staff, and the Organising Committee.

I am looking forward to hosting our Australian Rural Women’s Health Roundtable early next month at College Place Melbourne. This will focus on current and future workforce and training, and models of care across different jurisdictions, with an emphasis on attracting and retaining staff in rural, regional, and remote Australia to help address workforce maldistribution. The day will report on our Workforce Mapping Project and help inform the direction of RANZCOG’s Australian Rural Women’s Health Strategy.

Honours and awards

RANZCOG’s Honours and Awards recognise individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the work of the College and/or women’s health. Nominations are open until 31 May. Find out more and nominate.

Until next time,
Ben

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