Retirement and reinstatement

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:


Complete the RANZCOG Retirement Declaration online form.


Contact the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand to change your registration status.


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. 

Stay engaged

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:

Four issues of O&G Magazine per year (as well as online access)

Six issues of ANZJOG per year (as well as online access)

Connect, our weekly members-only newsletter

The AOFOG Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, if you have elected to receive this.

Re-entry for Fellows

Governance 28 April 2022

Re-entry to practice and retraining policy

Find out how to return to active practice following a prolonged absence, or what to do if you require retraining.

Reinstatement for Diplomates and Certificants

Governance 28 April 2022

Reinstatement to the Register of Certificants, Diplomates or Advanced Diplomates Policy

Find out what is required for reinstatement to the Register of Certificants, Diplomates or Advanced Diplomates, after resignation or removal.

Resign from your membership

To resign from your Diplomate or certificant membership, please email us:



If you have any questions, you can contact the Membership team:

Phone: +61 3 9114 3960

For enquiries relating to Continuing Professional Development, please contact the CPD team:

Phone: +61 3 9417 1699