Vaccination and Pregnancy webinar – 4 May

This webinar will discuss COVID-19 vaccines and seasonal influenza vaccines.


The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

14 June 2022

COVID-19 is more dangerous for women who are pregnant. The best way to reduce your risk is to get vaccinated. Hear from experts who will discuss real-world evidence that has shown that vaccines are safe if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning pregnancy and explain that you can receive the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

This webinar will also discuss seasonal influenza vaccines in 2022 and their importance.

Date: Wednesday 4 May

Time:  5-6pm (AEST)

Register here and submit your question for the experts    

 Registrations close 12pm (AEST) 4 May.

The webinar link will be sent as part of your registration.

Please note: If you registered for the original scheduled date (13 April), registrations will carry over to the 4 May date, however please remove any original calendar invite dates from your diary as there is a new link to access the webinar (which you should have received by email from RANZCOG Events on Monday 11 April). Please email with any questions.


Dr Susan Fleming

RANZCOG Board Director

Susan is a New Zealand medical graduate. She undertook her O&G training and early years of clinical practice at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 2002, after a period in North America, she returned to New Zealand where her latter professional life has been focused on leadership within O&G.

From 2013 to 2017 she was Director of Women’s Health at Auckland DHB. One of her many interests has been the use of information technology to support care delivery. Although no longer clinically active she remains professionally engaged and is a New Zealand Councillor on Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and the RANZCOG New Zealand representative for the Asian Oceania Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (AOFOG).

Dr Michelle Giles

Infectious Diseases Physician

Michelle is an Infectious Diseases Physician who combines her private practice with public hospital appointments at the Alfred Hospital, Monash Health, the Royal Women’s Hospital and Sunshine Hospital. She is Deputy Co-Chair of the Pregnancy and Perinatal Care Panel of the Australian Government’s National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce.

Dr Sushena Krishnaswamy

Infectious Diseases Physician

Sushena is an Infectious Diseases Physician at Monash Health and the Royal Women’s Hospitals in Melbourne, and an adjunct lecturer with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Monash University. She completed her PhD in Maternal vaccination in 2018 and has special interest in infections and vaccinations in pregnancy.

Claire MacDonald (DPH, RM)

Midwifery Advisor, New Zealand College of Midwives

Claire is a Midwifery Advisor with the New Zealand College of Midwives | Te Kāreti o ngā Kaiwhakawhānau ki Aotearoa with portfolios including professional support for employed midwives, physiological birth and Covid-19. She has led the College’s work on professional advice and promotion of Covid-19 vaccination during pregnancy. As a practising midwife Claire has extensive experience across community, hospital, urban and rural settings, as well as regional and national maternity guidelines development.

Kellie Wilton

Acting CEO and Principal Midwifery Officer , Australian College of Midwives

Kellie is the Principal Midwifery Officer at ACM. Kellie’s journey as a midwife started with her own pregnancies and births.  Through minimised opportunities to have midwives involved in her care and limited care options available when her pregnancies became complex, she began to formulate the belief that women should have birth options that include a midwife, encompass all models of care, and extend beyond hospital walls and the medical practice model if women so desire.

Kellie has worked across a variety of settings such as Midwifery Group Practice incorporating homebirth, acute tertiary, private practice, country and metropolitan public sectors, immigration detention and most recently the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health sector.  Kellie is an endorsed, and notated Midwife and since registration has had opportunities to advocate, educate, mentor, supervise and provide leadership for the midwifery profession. Most recently Kellie completed a Master of Public Health (Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing)/Master of Health Leadership and Management with the primary focus of these studies being on advancing the profession of midwifery as an autonomous profession, maternity reform, maternal and child health, improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, health leadership and management, service design and implementation, change management, sexual health and wellness, primary healthcare, clinical leadership, and education.


Dr Benjamin Bopp

President, RANZCOG

Ben has been a specialist Obstetrician Gynaecologist for more than 20 years. He is currently the Director of Obstetrics at Gold Coast University Hospital, a position he has held for the last three years. Previously, he worked as a generalist (obstetrics, gynaecology and IVF) in private practice.

In addition to previous involvement with the College Women’s Health Committee, Continuing Professional Development and Revalidation Committee, and Education Strategy Committee, Ben has been actively involved with the SIMG Assessment Committee, which he currently Chairs, and is also Chair of the College’s Australian Workforce Working Group.

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