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.
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ADVOCACY IN AUSTRALIA
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.
ADVOCACY IN AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND
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.
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.
|Accident Compensation (Maternal Birth Injury and other Matters) Amendment Bill||February 2022|
|Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill||December 2021|
|National Contraception Guidelines||November 2021|
|Ministry of Health Primary Maternity Services Notice Review 2021||October 2021|
|National Sepsis Action Plan||October 2021|
|Ministry of Health Mesh credentialling framework||June 2021|
|Health Select Committee: Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill||June 2021|
|Ministry of Health LARC Training Principles and Standards||May 2021|
|Ministry of Health revised HPV primary screening clinical pathway||March 2021|
|Standards New Zealand Health and disability services standard||March 2021|
|Medical Council of New Zealand statement on a doctor’s duty to help in a medical emergency||January 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.