President’s Blog – September 2022

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

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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Annual Scientific Meeting Gold Coast 2022 is just around the corner!

There is still time to register for in-person or virtual attendance, and I hope as many of you as possible can make it.

Already close to 1,000 have registered – obstetricians and gynaecologists, Diplomates, trainees, and other healthcare professionals from across Australia, New Zealand and beyond, for a series of workshops, keynote addresses and plenaries from an impressive international and local faculty.

The program also includes extensive social and networking opportunities.

The ASM will reflect the latest evidence-based practice and contemporary issues in obstetrics, gynaecology and women’s health, with topics including but not limited to:

– pregnancy loss care
– perinatal mental health
– genetics and fertility
– paediatric and adolescent gynaecology
– high-risk pregnancy
– healthcare leadership
– professional and personal wellbeing
– gender, sexual identity, climate change and equity in healthcare

If you are there and spot me during a presentation, wandering the exhibition hall, or grabbing a coffee, make sure you say hi.

Pacific Society for Reproductive Health 14th Biennial Conference – Samoa

The PSRH conference was a mix of spectacular Samoan hospitality and culture, and appreciating the daily challenges faced by our Pacific colleagues. It was an opportunity to outline RANZCOG’s activities in and ongoing support for the Pacific. The next PSRH Conference is in 2024 hosted by New Zealand.

Local advocacy

It was great to attend the College Place meeting of State, Territory and New Zealand Committee Chairs, along with regional and Melbourne-based college staff.

A lot of RANZCOG work for its members happens at the local level. As well as member and trainee services and engagement, including submissions to stakeholder organisations, we advocate for our membership by meeting health ministers, visiting hospitals and discussing issues with key executives.

I would encourage you to get in touch with your regional staff and representatives and contribute to your local committee.

College staff development day

As we return to “post-pandemic normal”, it was a privilege to attend the College staff’s first personal development day after a three-year hiatus! It was a mix of team-building activities, hearing from members and trainees, and discussing ongoing plans for the College. Being part of it I was again reminded that we have a tremendous team of individuals, each unique and highly skilled, dedicated and passionate, who are there to support your membership needs, no matter what stage of your career. To all College staff, thank you!

Until next time,

Ben

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