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RANZCOG Easter message 2020

09 April 2020

To the members, trainees and staff of RANZCOG,

None of us could have imagined that the 2020 Easter long weekend would have looked like this. Indeed, the last six weeks have seen a virtual Council Week, the closure of College House, the cancellation of RANZCOG events and more Zoom meetings than ever before. Covid-19 has impacted us personally and professionally, separating us from our colleagues, friends and family and reducing physical contact to elbow bumps and foot taps.
 
The workload for the College has been immense, but one thing is clear. In women’s health RANZCOG has been a voice of truth in a world overloaded with information and misinformation. The CEO, Board and staff have worked with so many of our members to ensure that communication has been authoritative, factual, concise, timely and accessible. The response from authorities, our members and the general public has been overwhelmingly positive. As the peak organisation in women’s health in Australia and New Zealand, RANZCOG has demonstrated constructive and decisive leadership.
 
To the midwives, nurses, doctors, porters, cleaners, and all workers in healthcare, thank you. Our community owes you an immeasurable debt of gratitude. Caring for others is our vocation and you have gone above and beyond.
 
The Easter break provides us with an opportunity to rest, recover and renew. We hope that you will find time to pause, read a book, go for a walk (near your home, for the purposes of exercise, mental and physical, with appropriate social distancing!), spend time with your loved ones, virtually, or in person. It’s important that we remain aware of our own vulnerabilities and limitations, and give ourselves, and each other, permission to step down, even if just for a little while.
 
We wish the entire RANZCOG family a restful, and peaceful, Easter weekend and thank you, each one of you, for your ongoing commitment and support.

Best wishes,

Dr Vijay Roach
President

RANZCOG Board

Ms Vase Jovanoska
Chief Executive Officer



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