RANZCOG’s Dance Off Competition

28 February 2021

Closing date for entries has been extended!

Fellows, Diplomates, trainees and RANZCOG staff across Australia and New Zealand, this is your chance to show us your dancing moves!

Following GP Obstetrician Dr Richard Mayes’s entertaining and galvanising presentation at RANZCOG’s recent Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting (VASM), Fellows, Diplomates, trainees and RANZCOG staff are urged to submit their best version of Richard’s AMaRE Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) dance, or use it as inspiration and create your own fun O&G-related dance.

Let’s Dance

For inspiration, please watch Richard’s instructional video he prepared for his colleagues and staff in Castlemaine, Victoria, where he lives and works. This was played as part of Richard’s VASM presentation.

The steps of the dance (each move is to a count of 4) are:

1. Call for help by extending out the left arm (as if pressing the alarm/buzzer).

2. Rub the fundus using your other arm.

3. Put on your own O2 Mask like a flight attendant to attend to ABC’s.

4. Insert two large-bore IVCs.

5. Remember your indwelling catheter (IDC).

6. Think about your 4 “Ts” (TONE, TRAUMA, TISSUE and THROMBIN).

7. Have fun and enjoy!

With the help of Richard, a judging panel will decide the best entries. First prize will win $300 to put towards health and wellbeing initiatives in their workplace; second prize ($200); third prize ($100).

All winners will also receive a dancing champions certificate and a signed copy of Richard’s wife’s book, Beyond the stethoscope: Doctors' stories of reclaiming hope, heart and healing. Lucy’s book was inspired by Richard, and profiles his story. Check out the cover here, and download the blurb, contributor profiles, and testimonials here.

RANZCOG will publish and share the videos. Videos cannot be longer than 2 minutes.

We have extended the closing date for entries until 6pm Friday, 9 April, 2021.

Get your phones out and start filming, and text your videos (record in landscape NOT portrait) to Andre Khoury, RANZCOG Head of Communications and Public Affairs, on +61 448 735 749.

At the VASM, Richard shared his story from burnout to wellbeing and how dance and other wellbeing activities not only helped him but influenced his approach to training and education.

He uses fun and movement to promote a safe environment for learning, as well as supporting his own community and patients towards their wellbeing goals. Richard is passionate about the importance of practitioners caring for themselves, and is a believer in integrating wellbeing activities into the often stressful workplace of maternity care provision and training.



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