Advocacy and engagement

RANZCOG advocates for women’s health professionals and the patients they care for by working with governing bodies to make meaningful policy change towards equitable access to women’s health services across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.


Advocacy 7 December 2022
Statement on PMMRC report
Aotearoa New Zealand’s new health system provides a critical opportunity…
Advocacy 28 November 2022
President’s Blog – November 2022
RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp provides an update on College…
Advocacy 21 November 2022
Statement on inclusive language
RANZCOG aims to provide an inclusive and welcoming space to…
Advocacy 31 October 2022
President’s Blog – October 2022
RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp provides an update on College…
Advocacy 31 October 2022
RANZCOG welcomes Te Pae Tata Interim New Zealand Health Plan
RANZCOG welcomes the release of Te Pae Tata Interim New…
Advocacy 26 October 2022
Australia’s Budget October 2022–⁠23
Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers handed down Budget October 2022-2023 last…
Advocacy 13 October 2022
Public fertility care service in Victoria
The Victorian Government has launched public fertility care services.
Advocacy 5 October 2022
GALLERY: Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association 2022 Conference
RANZCOG was proud to support the Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association’s…
Advocacy 3 October 2022
Gender Inclusion Webinar
Tuesday 15 November at 6pm AEDT.
Advocacy 29 September 2022
Senate inquiry into abortion access
RANZCOG welcomes the Senate inquiry into abortion access in Australia.
Advocacy 26 September 2022
RANZCOG | ACM – Joint statement on DBSH
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and…
Advocacy 26 September 2022
President’s Blog – September 2022
RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp provides an update on College…
Advocacy 5 September 2022
Women’s Health Week
RANZCOG is proud to support Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week.
Advocacy 29 August 2022
President’s Blog – August 2022
RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp provides an update on College…
Advocacy 15 August 2022
RANZCOG statement on Monkeypox (MPX)
RANZCOG recognises its responsibility to respond to this situation as…
Advocacy 8 August 2022
RANZCOG commits to continuing to build respect in workplaces
The College strongly supports the availability of abortion being an…


In Australia, RANZCOG makes submissions throughout each year on a variety of women’s health policy issues, supporting over 7,500 members to provide equitable women’s health care.

How we advocate

As the peak body for women’s health in Australia, RANZCOG advocates on behalf of our membership, to improve equitable access to health care, develop tailored strategic policy frameworks and timely outcomes to pressing issues facing women, their families, as well as our members.

RANZCOG consults with our Committees and members who have specific expertise on the consultation topics. Their feedback is reviewed, collated and drafted as a submission.

The submissions are reviewed and approved by the President and CEO prior to being submitted to the consultative entities. The Australian submissions and consultations process is managed by the Executive Office & Advocacy.


RANZCOG makes submissions each year on behalf of our Aotearoa New Zealand members and the wāhine they work with.

We are committed to equity of health outcomes for all wāhine and their pēpi.

How we advocate

We advocate for excellence and equity in hauora wāhine by engaging with health sector stakeholders, including through submissions and representation, collaboration in policy development and advice on clinical matters.

Pae ora for all wāhine and pēpi

Read about our mahi in hauora wāhine Māori on the Aotearoa New Zealand page.

Key submissions

Each year the College makes submissions on behalf of members, wāhine and pēpi in Aotearoa New Zealand. We thank the members who contribute so much of their time and expertise to each submission. Key submissions made in the past year are highlighted below.

Submission titleDate
Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and other Matters) Amendment BillFebruary 2022
Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) BillDecember 2021
National Contraception GuidelinesNovember 2021
Ministry of Health Primary Maternity Services Notice Review 2021October 2021
National Sepsis Action PlanOctober 2021
Ministry of Health Mesh credentialling frameworkJune 2021
Health Select Committee: Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment BillJune 2021
Ministry of Health LARC Training Principles and StandardsMay 2021
Ministry of Health revised HPV primary screening clinical pathwayMarch 2021
Standards New Zealand Health and disability services standardMarch 2021
Medical Council of New Zealand statement on a doctor’s duty to help in a medical emergencyJanuary 2021


Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku engages and collaborates regularly with key health stakeholders.

The mahi of Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku, He Hono Wāhine and other advocates for women’s health in Aotearoa New Zealand have seen positive outcomes achieved for wāhine including:

Government commitment to a women’s health strategy in the Pae Ora legislation

HPV screening and self-testing beginning in 2023

Folic acid fortification of bread will be achieved through supplementation of non-organic bread-making wheat flour

New sector guidelines completed on contraception

RANZCOG and the New Zealand College of Midwives collaborated with the Ministry of Health and the Immunisation Advisory Centre to provide consistent and clear advice on COVID-19 and pregnancy 

Previous advocacy work

Each year the advocacy work of the College is outlined in our Annual Report.


Annual Report 2021-2022
Read about the work of the College throughout 2021-2022…
Annual Report 2020-2021
Download the RANZCOG Annual Report 2020-2021 PDF…
Annual Report 2019-2020
Download the RANZCOG Annual Report 2019-2020 PDF…
Annual Report 2018-2019
Download the RANZCOG Annual Report 2018-2019 PDF…


2020‒2021 Activities Report
This Activities Report is provided to the community as a comprehensive account of College activities…
RANZCOG Strategic Plan 2022–2024
The RANZCOG Strategic Plan 2022–2024 outlines our key areas of priority for the years ahead.
Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua
Te Rautaki Māori me te Ara Whakamua is RANZCOG’s Māori strategy and action plan.


Get in touch with the advocacy team in your country:

Aotearoa New Zealand:

board-members 10 May 2022

Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group

The Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group (GEDWG) works to improve gender equity, inclusion and diversity within our College.


RANZCOG Consumer Network

Hauora wāhine Māori

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