Women’s Health Foundation

The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation supports the philanthropic initiatives of RANZCOG in the areas of First Nations and Māori women’s health, global women’s health and women’s health research.

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What we do

The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation proudly supports fellows, trainees and scientists pursuing high quality, innovative research and training in women’s health.

Research scholarships, fellowships and travel grants are awarded annually across Australia and New Zealand to promising researchers committed to continuous improvement in the fields of obstetrics, gynaecology, and the reproductive sciences.

The Foundation strives to recognise researchers at different stages of their careers and in particular young researchers, to assist them as they progress their careers.

We support doctors pursuing international research opportunities in the world’s leading hospitals and institutions, as well as low-resource settings in developing countries.

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With your support we can impact the health and wellbeing of women and girls now and into the future, in Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand and across the Pacific.

Projects supported by the Foundation

Global health 12 June 2021

Our members: Dr Nancy Hamura

A RANZCOG Foundation Global Health grant funded Dr Hamura’s important research into the timing of antenatal care in Papua New Guinea, informing education and improving outcomes for local women.

Scholarships providing opportunity for growth
Thanks to a RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation scholarship, FRANZCOG Dr Jerome Melon has been able to take his work onto the world stage.
A pragmatic approach to surgical management of endometriosis
Diagnostic procedures should not be considered in modern management of endometriosis as they increase the risk to the woman with no real benefit.
Preventable stillbirths in the Solomon Islands
Simple, cost-effective interventions may have the potential to significantly reduce stillbirths nationwide.


Our award recipients

In 2021 we received more than 70 applications from a wide range of individuals pursuing excellence in their field of interest. Thank you to everyone who applied.

Recipients commencing in 2022

The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation is pleased to announce that the following applicants have been offered research and travel awards commencing in 2022.

Arthur Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Janelle James-McAlpine
Institution: Griffith University
ProjectMicronutrient supplementation and birth outcomes in Queensland women

Ferring Research Grant
Recipient: Dr Mooska Raoofi
Institution: Epworth Freemasons and Royal Women’s Hospitals
ProjectA comparison of the imaged preoperative versus the visualised intraoperative uterosacral ligament in women undergoing laparascopic uterosacral ligament suspension for the management of pelvic organ prolapse

Recipient: Dr Evelyn Smith Romero
Institution: Liverpool and Campbelltown Hospitals
ProjectImmediate post-partum contraception information and provision: the impact of consumer and health care provider education and training on uptake – a before and after study

Fotheringham Research Fellowship
Recipient:  Dr Louie Ye
Institution: University of Melbourne
ProjectGenome-wide scale functional screen to identify microRNAs essential for human endometrial receptivity

Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Bassem Gerges
Institution: Nepean Hospital
ProjectDiagnostic accuracy of transvaginal ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography-computed tomography with 16α-[18F]fluoro-17β-estradiol for the diagnosis of rectosigmoid deep endometriosis

RANZCOG NSW State Committee Trainee Research Grant
Recipient: Dr Komal Chohan
Institution: Royal North Shore Hospital
ProjectThe use of chorionicity specific growth charts to improve pregnancy outcomes

Recipient: Dr Zanna Franks
Institution: John Hunter Hospital
ProjectInvestigating the associations between chronic disease and infertility – A window for change

Recipient: Dr Cansu Uzuner
Institution: Nepean Hospital
ProjectContrast Enhanced Ultrasound with Pulse Inversion Technology in Gynaecology

NSW State Committee Traveling Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Philip Cellich
Institution: Port Moresby General Hospital, PNG
Project: 6-month clinical Fellowship working in general obstetrics and gynaecology in a low resource setting.

Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Supuni Kapurubandara
Institution: University of New South Wales
ProjectWomen with persistent pelvic pain a lived experience

UroGynaecological Society of Australasia (UGSA) Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Ellen Yeung
Institution: Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
ProjectHistological analysis and Imaging of explanted pelvic mesh

Recipients commencing in 2021

The following applicants were awarded research and travel awards commencing in 2021.

Brown Craig Travelling Fellowship
Recipient: Dr Alexander Chen
Institution: China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan
ProjectDr Chen will undertake a 12-month Fellowship at the China Medical University Hospital, Taiwan to increase his exposure to open, laparoscopic, and vaginal surgery under the mentorship of well-respected gynaecological oncology and urogynaecological surgeons.

Glyn White Research Fellowship
Recipient: Dr Teresa Macdonald
Institution: University of Melbourne
Project: Is increased fetal growth velocity during pregnancy associated with perinatal and neonatal indicators of pathological overgrowth?

Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Tegan Triggs
Institution: Mater Mother’s Hospital
Project: Reducing emergency caesarean birth for fetal distress in women with small or poorly grown infants using Sildenafil Citrate – The RidStress 2 Randomised Controlled Trial.

RANZCOG NSW State Committee Fellow Research Grant
Recipient: Dr Supuni Kapurubandara
Institution: Westmead Hospital
Project: Improving the diagnostic workup of pelvic floor myofascial pain in women.

Recipient: Dr Amy Feng
Institution: Blacktown Hospital
Project: LigaSure Retractable L-Hook compared with Harmonic Ace +7 as a single instrument for total laparoscopic hysterectomy: Is bipolar energy superior to ultrasonic energy? A randomised controlled trial.

RANZCOG NSW State Committee Trainee Research Grant 
Recipient: Dr Dave Listijono
Institution: University of New South Wales
Project: NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide)-raising agent as novel treatment for endometriosis: A pilot study.

Recipient: Dr Rahul Chatterjee
Institution: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Project: Forces exerted on the pelvic floor and perineum during normal and instrumental vaginal delivery.

UroGynaecological Society of Australasia Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Victoria Buckley
Institution: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Project: Prolapse surgery and the overactive bladder.

Continuing projects

The following projects received continuing funding in 2021.

Arthur Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Claire Henry
Institution: University of Otago, Wellington
Project: Molecular profile of Endometrial Cancer in New Zealand women

Fotheringham Research Fellowship 
Recipient: Dr Tristan Hardy
Institution: SA Pathology
Project: Pregnancy Loss to Preimplantation Genetic Testing: Improving the pathway for couples affected by stillbirth, congenital abnormality or neonatal death 

Norman Beischer Clinical Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Manarangi De Silva, The University of Melbourne
Institution: The University of Melbourne
Project: Improving maternal health in the Asia-Pacific Region

RANZCOG NSW Regional Committee Trainee Research Grant
Recipient: Dr Kelly McNamara, University of Sydney
Institution: University of Sydney
Project: Pregnancy Intention, Contraception and Obstetric Outcomes in Women Who Use Alcohol and Other Drugs in Pregnancy

NSW Regional Committee Trainee Research Grant
Recipient:
 Dr Katherine Whitton, Royal Hospital for Women
Institution: Royal Hospital for Women
Project: Can markers in serum and follicular fluid be used to predict the outcome of in-vitro oocyte maturation?

Robert Wrigley Pain Research Scholarship
Recipient: Dr Karen Chan, Women’s Health and Research Institute of Australia
Institution: Women’s Health and Research Institute of Australia
Project: Randomised double-blinded cross-over trial assessing the efficacy of topical amitriptyline combined with estriol in the treatment of women with pudendal neuralgia or vulvodynia

Beresford Buttery Travel Grant
Recipient: Dr Jennifer Pontré
Details: To support her travel to the University of Sao Paulo Medical School and Digimagem Diagnosticos Medicos, Sau Paulo, to undertake intensive training in transvaginal ultrasound for deeply infiltrating endometriosis.

Presentation ceremonies

Group photo of the grant and scholarship recipients of 2019

2019 PRESENTATION CEREMONY

Past RANZCOG President, Dr Vijay Roach, at the November 2019 Presentation Ceremony with recipients of RANZCOG Honours and 2020 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Scholarships.

Group photo of the grant and scholarship recipients of 2018

2018 PRESENTATION CEREMONY

Scholarship recipients (from left to right) Dr Kata Kraljevic, Dr Daniella Susic, Dr Zhuoran Chen, Dr Chin Yong, Dr Rangi De Silva, Dr Roxanne Hastie and Dr Carole-Anne Whigham attended the 2018 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Scholarship awards ceremony.

Group photo of the grant and scholarship recipients of 2017

2017 PRESENTATION CEREMONY

Recipients (from left to right) Natasha Pritchard, Daniella Susic, Maya Reddy, Asha Short, Amanda Popreczny and (bottom left) Lauren Kite attend the 2017 RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation Scholarship awards ceremony.

Group photo of the grant and scholarship recipients of 2016

2016 PRESENTATION CEREMONY

Scholarship recipients Dr Kirsten Palmer, Dr Nirmala Kampan, Dr Rachael Rodgers, Dr Tanya Nippita, Dr Noor Lokman, Dr Sarika Gupta and Dr Jason Phung attended the 2016 RANZCOG Foundation Scholarship awards ceremony held at College House, Melbourne in November.

Contact

For further information please contact the Women’s Health Foundation coordinator:

Email: foundation@ranzcog.edu.au
Phone: 61+ 3 9412 2993