Fellows’ retirement options
Planning your path to retirement provides you with the opportunity to decide how you would like to conclude your career in O&G. Preparing in advance and knowing your options can help you to confidently undertake this often challenging process.
Interested in your retirement options? Use the information below to assist your transition from active clinical practice to retirement.
Become a semi-retired Fellow
In recognition of the skills and knowledge that senior Fellows possess and to encourage continued involvement in medical education, surgical assisting and other relevant areas through a reduced scope of practice, the College has introduced a membership category of Semi-Retired Fellow.
This category of membership offers a reduced annual subscription of 50% for Fellows approaching the end of their career. You may be eligible for semi-retired status if you meet the following criteria:
are a current financial member of RANZCOG
earn an annual, pre-tax medical income of not more than AUD$80,000 (or equivalent)
are actively practising as a Fellow of RANZCOG (see College Statement for exceptions)
Semi-retired Fellows are held to the same CPD requirements as Fellows and must complete their Annual Renewal.
Fellows wishing to access the Semi-Retired Fellow subscription rate can refer to the College statement on Semi-retired RANZCOG Fellow (WPI 24) for details of the scope of practice and declaration form.
To apply, please complete the online Semi-Retired Fellows Reduced Subscription Application Form. Following acceptance of your application, a confirmation of the subscription to be paid will then be forwarded to you.
Retire from active clinical practice
You may be eligible to become a retired Fellow if you are completely and permanently retired from practice as a specialist obstetrician and/or gynaecologist and no longer acting as an expert witness in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, except in:
cases for which you have already provided an opinion prior to the date of signing this Confirmation of Retirement; and
cases which deal with medical practices current during any time you were in active practice as a specialist obstetrician and/or gynaecologist and prior to signing the Confirmation of Retirement.
As a retired Fellow, you are no longer required to complete CPD or annual renewal. Retired Fellows may use the post-nominal FRANZCOG (ret).
Please see Steps to complete your retirement, below, if you wish to begin the process.
Steps to complete your retirement
There are several steps required for you to complete your retirement:
When a practice closes, patient medical records are to be managed in accordance to legal, regulatory and professional standards. This can encompass a range of data including consultation notes, correspondence, referrals, investigations and results, photographs, video footage and appointment records. The below College guideline provides more information.
Mental health and wellbeing through retirement
For many doctors, retiring can be challenging, with ongoing financial commitments, sensing a loss of purpose, or a concern about a lack of intellectual stimulation.
So that you can continue to stay informed about women’s health, as a retired Fellow you will still receive the following from the College: