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RANZCOG NZ Pānui is circulated to New Zealand Fellows and trainees. The newsletter highlights issues that are specific to O&G in Aotearoa.

Latest edition: RANZCOG NZ Pānui - 17 September 2021 



The following material is relevant to the New Zealand O&G workforce. Please email [email protected] if you would like further information on any of these topics.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) 


Surgical mesh

Ministry of Health
Surgical mesh restorative justice report  - Hearing and Responding to the Stories of Survivors of Surgical Mesh | Ngā kōrero a ngā mōrehu – he urupare
This report highlights the severity of the harm and the impact on the lives of those who have experienced complications from surgical mesh.  

RANZCOG representatives have been involved in the restorative process, attending listening circles and participating in workshops attended by stakeholders including the Ministry of Health, patient advocates Mesh Down Under, ACC, the Medical and Nursing Councils, the Health & Disability Commission, the Health Quality & Safety Commission, the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association and medical colleges RANZCOG, RNZCGPs and RACS.
Your can read the report, including the identified range of major needs to address surgical mesh harm and the agreed actions being taken on the Ministry of Health website - see



Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority and is responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in New Zealand.

Latest Medsafe information on surgical mesh



Guidelines supported by RANZCOG

Contraception Guidelines

Obstetric Ultrasound

Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypertension and Pre-eclampsia in Pregnancy in New Zealand

Use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women

The “Guidance regarding the use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women” is the result of a close collaboration between Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and the NZ College of Midwives. Representatives from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners were consulted to ensure its relevance to GPs.

Guidance regarding the use of low-dose aspirin in the prevention of pre-eclampsia in high-risk women 

Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis in New Zealand 


Developed by a taskforce of representatives from the Ministry of Health, RANZCOG, the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP), the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (FPMANZCA), Endometriosis New Zealand and those who live with endometriosis, the publication Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis in New Zealand provides a consensus view of best-practice principles. 

Diagnosis and Management of Endometriosis in New Zealand

Sleep On Side Campaign

Each year, in Aotearoa, approximately 160 babies are stillborn in the last three months of pregnancy. It’s estimated that if all pregnant women go to sleep on their side from 28 weeks of pregnancy, there could be a 10 percent decrease in late stillbirth nationally.

The website provides resources for health professionals and patients, including the below pamphlets.

A Best Practice Guide for Continuous Practice Improvement


The Council of Medical Colleges (CMC) has developed "A Best Practice Guide for Continuous Practice Improvement", bringing together for the first time principles and processes that can be used when setting up and developing programmes to enable doctors to demonstrate their competence and performance. The Guide was developed with input and in collaboration with the CMC Member Colleges, the Medical Council of New Zealand, the Ministry of Health and the District Health Board Chief Medical Officers.




International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day 2021

The members of RANZCOG acknowledge the parents and families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss.



Updated College Statements

These statements have been reviewed and updated during the March and July Council sessions, and published on the RANZCOG website.



2021 RANZCOG Wellbeing Awards - Nomination Summaries

Congratulations to all who were nominated in our inaugural Wellbeing Awards.