RANZCOG members make their mark at AOFOG Congress

AOFOG held its 2022 Congress in Bali, Indonesia, in late May, and the event saw some exciting news for a couple of RANZCOG members.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Asia & Oceania Federation of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (AOFOG) held its 2022 Congress in Bali, Indonesia, in late May, and the event saw some exciting news for a couple of RANZCOG members. 

The Congress saw Dr John Tait announced as President Elect of the AOFOG Executive Board. A RANZCOG Fellow since 1985, Dr Tait is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who has worked in Wellington and currently practises at Capital Coast Health, Wellington Hospital. He previously served as the New Zealand Vice-President for RANZCOG from 2019 through to 2021.

Dr Tait is currently Vice-President with AOFOG and will continue to serve on its Executive Board under the leadership of Professor Pisake Lumbiganon of Thailand. As incoming AOFOG president for the 2022-24 term, Professor Lumbiganon succeeds Professor Kazunori Ochiai of Japan.

“It’s a great honour to have been appointed to the office of President Elect for AOFOG, and I’m grateful to the Council for entrusting me with this role,” said Dr Tait. “I look forward to supporting Professor Lumbiganon over the course of his presidency, and wish to thank Professor Ochiai for his outstanding contribution during his tenure. I hope to continue to build on AOFOG’s excellent work across the region.”

Elsewhere at the AOFOG Congress, Dr Rebecca Mackenzie-Proctor was named as the runner-up in the Shan S Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award (YGA). Dr Mackenzie-Proctor was previously the recipient of this year’s RANZCOG YGA, and her paper was selected as one of the ten best papers from national award recipients across the Asia Pacific region to be presented at the Congress, where voting saw it awarded second place.

Based in Auckland, Dr Mackenzie-Proctor was one of two RANZCOG Fellows participating in the AOFOG Community Fellowship Programme, along with Dr Debjyoti Karmakar. She not able to attend the Congress in person but participated in the session online.

“I’m thrilled to have received this recognition for my work, especially as it comes from peers across the Asia-Pacific,” said Dr Mackenzie-Proctor. “The YGA is an excellent program that creates great opportunities for members of our profession to share knowledge and forge connections throughout the region. It’s been a hugely rewarding experience and I’m grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout.”

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