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Coronavirus (COVID-19)
 

A message for pregnant women and their families

Updated Thursday 23 April 2020

Pregnancy is a time of great joy and expectation for most women and their families. Following the declaration of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we understand that all pregnant women will feel a great sense of anxiety about their own health and that of their unborn or newborn baby. We have put together some key FAQs to inform our patients of the knowledge available to us now regarding risks to pregnant women and their offspring, advice regarding self-care during pregnancy, and changes to the way that antenatal and postnatal care will be delivered. Read more >

 

President's Update

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) acknowledges the risk posed to the community, health workers, and all patients, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RANZCOG also recognises our responsibility to respond to this situation as a large organisation, and also as a medical college and health leader. In a complex and rapidly-evolving situation, the College is determined to communicate the most up-to-date information to our members, and the patients we care for. Our statements also provide guidance on a broad range of relevant matters.

However we realise that one organisation cannot hope to be a single source and therefore we have curated the best information available from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, and put it in one place. This portal will be constantly moderated, reviewed and updated. Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be directed to [email protected].

Read the President’s message about the importance of emotional wellbeing
 

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Daily updates

COVID-19 is an evolving situation. This page will be updated on a daily basis as information becomes available. We encourage you to visit this page regularly. If you would like to suggest other areas we could cover, please email [email protected].

Below you can find a summary of all updates communicated by RANZCOG in a timeline format:

Friday, 26 June, 2020 New
- Ministry of Health - Personal protective equipment use in health and disability care settings (see Public Health Resources)
Wednesday, 17 June, 2020 New
- Ministry of Health - COVID-19: Maternity
- Ministry of Health - COVID-19 - Information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth (see Public Health Resources)
Monday 15 June, 2020 Update to Examination FAQs (see Examinations FAQ page)
Friday 5 June, 2020 New
- Updated advice for the care of pregnant women (see Clinical Resources for Health Care Workers)


 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is the lead body for women’s health in Australia and New Zealand and carries the responsibility for advice, dissemination of information and support of our members, our patients and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The College respects the role of government, health departments and health administrators in coordinating a national response. Our public statements are made following consultation with officials, and medical experts, and with the understanding that the impacts of the pandemic are evolving, multifactorial and that action in one area will have intended, and unintended, effects on other areas.

RANZCOG will continue to provide information and advice that is the best available, to our knowledge. Given the recency of Covid-19 and the paucity of data, particularly in pregnancy, the accuracy of any advice may be rapidly superseded. We will endeavour to regularly update our communication as new information becomes available. Furthermore, RANZCOG will not comment on areas beyond our remit.

RANZCOG commentary on COVID-19 should be considered advisory, and not proscriptive, and all health workers, and the general public, should heed the advice of government and health authorities.
 


 

Further resources

 

Community Information
(updated Friday 29 May 2020)

Training & Assessment Updates 
(updated Monday 15 June 2020)

CPD FAQs
(updated Friday 1 May 2020)

Clinical Resources for Health Care Workers 
(updated Friday 5 June 2020)

Public Health Resources 
(updated Friday 26 June 2020)

Workforce and Membership

Latest Research 
(updated Thursday 14 May 2020)

Advocacy
(updated Thursday 2 April 2020)

Wellbeing
(updated Friday 15 May 2020)

College Events
(updated Sunday 26 April 2020)

Media
(updated Thursday 14 May 2020)



Supporting Māori wāhine and whānau during COVID-19

COVID-19 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

A COVID-19 Guide for Resource-Limited Environments 
(updated Saturday 28 March)



 

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