President’s Blog – May 2023


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

18 December 2023

I have my passport nearby as June will be a busy month traveling, first heading to Ottawa to attend the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s Annual and Clinical Scientific Conference, giving an overview of the dynamics in O&G.

Then it’s to the UK to present at the RCOG World Congress in London, outlining amongst other topics, RANZCOG’s cultural awareness and safety initiatives. I am looking forward to both conferences as they represent an opportunity to showcase the wonderful work of our members and trainees across Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking of New Zealand, I will end the month in Rotorua for the ASM. If you are thinking of attending, there is still time to register.

Thanks to President-Elect Dr Gill Gibson who has been representing the College at ACOG’s Annual Clinical & Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

College Accreditation

Read our Reaccreditation and CPD Homes submissions. Thanks to College staff, the AMC/MCNZ Accreditation Steering Committee, the Board, and many other Members and trainees for input into these important submissions to the Australian Medical Council and Medical Council of New Zealand.


Last week, I was in Canberra to attend a Rural Maternity Services Think Tank, hosted by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and Australian College of Midwives, to discuss models of care that could help prevent a growing number of rural maternity services being put on extended bypass, downgraded or closed. This follows the College’s own Australian rural women’s health roundtable earlier this month. The College continues to be committed to ensuring that women living and working in rural and remote Australia, like their counterparts in metropolitan centres, receive high-quality obstetric and gynaecological health care throughout their lives.

The Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) recent meeting was held in Sydney. Interesting discussions had around the plans and projects happening in the health space, great to have CPMC promoting the great work of all colleges.

Until next time,

the College


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