President’s Blog – February 2023

RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp provides an update on College activities and advocacy across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

27 February 2023

AIDA and RANZCOG Memorandum of Understanding

RANZCOG is committed to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, and that’s why it was an honour this month to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA). AIDA is a not-for-profit professional association representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students and doctors, and this agreement will see both organisations pursue this objective by working in partnership to share academic, research, education and faculty development and capacity building opportunities.

I met the leadership of AIDA on the sidelines of the latest meeting of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, held in Melbourne.


I’m looking forward to next month’s Regional Symposium, to be held in Hobart. The program looks fantastic, as does what is on offer in July at the Sydney Symposium. Both events are open for registrations and will provide excellent educational and networking opportunities.

Organisational Values Awards

Our organisational values of Advocacy, Education, Excellence, Integrity, Kindness and Respect connect our members, trainees and staff in our shared duty, vision and mission of RANZCOG.

They play a fundamental role in defining the College’s organisational expectations for how we conduct ourselves in our day-to-day work and interactions, both within our profession and our workplaces.

If you know a member or trainee who exemplifies our values, let them shine by nominating them.

Cyclone Gabrielle

The scenes coming out of Aotearoa New Zealand are devastating. The College’s thoughts are with Fellows and trainees and their whānau. Kia kaha. Thank you to all health professionals and emergency staff working in difficult circumstances to provide essential O&G services and care.

Turkey And Syria Earthquakes

RANZCOG’s thoughts are with the people of Turkey and Syria and healthcare workers who have been affected by the devasting earthquakes, including the 356,000 pregnant women who urgently need access to reproductive health services.

Until next time,


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