President’s Blog – June 2022

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

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Getting around Australia and New Zealand is truly rewarding, allowing me to see the difference our members and trainees are making, delivering on our vision of excellence and equity in women’s health.

This month, I travelled to NSW, meeting members, trainees and wider maternity staff at hospitals in and around Sydney. Observing workplaces and hearing members’ first-hand experiences helps the College in its advocacy with governments across Australia and New Zealand.

The College advocates for excellence and equity with health sector stakeholders, including through submissions and representation, collaboration in policy development and advice on clinical matters to government and other bodies.

Thanks to all members who contribute so much of their time and expertise to each submission.

I recently visited New Zealand to attend Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku’s Early Career Fellows Networking and Professional Development day, a meeting of He Hono Wāhine, and a New Fellows and Awards ceremony at Te Marae, Te Papa in Wellington. Hearing the stories of our new doctors and the sacrifice and dedication they put themselves through, pulls at the heartstrings, and a tear or two was shed on the night. Congratulations to all and thank you for your warm welcome.

NAIDOC Week

National NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia in the first week of July each year, to celebrate and recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all Australians to learn about First Nations cultures and histories and participate in celebrations of the oldest, continuous living cultures on earth.

RANZCOG will hold a webinar on Indigenous birthing, pregnancy and healthcare, on Wednesday 6 July. Please join us.

I, along with members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Health Committee and RANZCOG staff, travelled to Sydney to attend the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) Gala dinner on 4 June, celebrating AIDA’s achievements and how they have impacted on its vision of improving health and life outcomes for First Nations people.

Until next time,

Ben

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