RANZCOG signs Memorandum of Understanding with Australian College of Midwives

04 May 2020

Committed to engaging with sector stakeholders across Australia and New Zealand to improve health equity and outcomes, RANZCOG has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).

It is the first time an MoU has been signed between the two colleges.

“ACM and RANZCOG hereby agree to have a collaborative relationship to optimise the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and their babies,” the MoU reads. The document also outlines the scope and procedural details of the MoU.

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RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach said: “Care for pregnant women should be delivered collaboratively between midwives, specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists and GP obstetricians, and other recognised providers of healthcare, and this agreement confirms our organisations’ shared values, goals and a vision for maternity care – the woman is central.”

ACM President Terri Barrett said: “ACM is delighted to have this opportunity to partner with our colleagues at RANZCOG, collaborating to ensure women have access to respectful, safe, woman-centred maternity care.

“It’s vital that we work together to ensure women’s preferences are acknowledged and that their choices are respected and supported.”

We are one team

In New Zealand, RANZCOG has maintained our strong commitment to working closely with the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM). The coronavirus pandemic has seen the two organisations meet frequently to discuss the crisis and the best care for pregnant women during this time. The Colleges recently issued a joint statement outlining recommendations for antenatal referral for obstetric care in women with suspected, probable or confirmed Covid-19, and have also worked together on advice for the Ministry of Health.

Chair of RANZCOG’s Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, Dr Celia Devenish said: “We are the same team, we work closely, recognising the critical role everyone has in providing the best outcomes for women.”



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