Global health

RANZCOG aims to build the capacity of the O&G workforce in Pacific Island countries through support for training, education and research.

RANZCOG, members and trainees contribute to women’s health around the world. They have worked or continue to work in 50 countries outside of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, supporting global women’s health via workforce capacity building, providing clinical care, screening, health promotion, and development of guidelines.

Global health experience map

What we do

We support Pacific O&G trainees and specialists by:

offering RANZCOG Affiliate Membership to Pacific O&G specialists

providing access to RANZCOG resources and scholarships

working in collaboration with local, regional and international partners, including Pacific Medical Schools, O&G Societies and Ministries of Health, Medical Colleges within Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, and non-government organisations working in the Pacific

raising awareness about global women’s health issues

We provide resources, scholarships, networking and research support for the O&G training programs at the University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Fiji National University College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Pacific affiliate membership

As a Pacific affiliate member, you can access College resources and participate in our CPD program for Pacific specialists.

Resources for Pacific O&G clinicians



O&G Magazine


Pacific O&G webinar series

Apply for a scholarship

For clinicians in the Pacific

We offer the following scholarships to Pacific O&G trainees and specialists to support their training and professional development.

RANZCOG Pacific Scholarship (State and Territory Committees and Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku)
University of PNG and Fiji National University O&G trainees, and recently-graduated O&G specialists can apply for RANZCOG Pacific Scholarships to attend RANZCOG events in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.
RANZCOG Pacific Affiliate member CPD Scholarship
Pacific Affiliate members can apply for this scholarship to attend the RANZCOG Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Australia.
The Anatomy of Complications Workshop Pacific Scholarship
Current or recently graduated Master of Medicine (O&G) trainees from an eligible Pacific medical school may be nominated to attend the Anatomy of Complications Workshop (ACW) in Perth, Western Australia, with free registration, and funding for travel and accommodation.
RANZCOG Brian Spurrett Fellowship
Pacific doctors and nurses can apply for this Fellowship to participate in CPD (usually to attend the RANZCOG Annual Scientific Meeting in Australia).
RANZCOG Academic Fellowship
Newly-appointed O&G academics at University of PNG and Fiji National University may be nominated for a RANZCOG Academic Fellowship by their Heads of O&G.
RANZCOG Book Prize
Recent graduates of University of PNG and Fiji National University Master of Medicine (O&G) and Diploma of O&G courses may be nominated for the RANZCOG Book Prize by their Heads of O&G.

For clinicians in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

We also support Fellows and trainees from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to participate in international O&G conferences, and further their career goals with travel funding.

RANZCOG NSW State Committee Travelling Scholarship
Two $10,000 (or one $20,000) awards are available to New South Wales-based trainees for the purpose of travelling to train in a developing county in the Asia-Pacific region.
Brown Craig Travelling Fellowship
Early-career RANZCOG Fellows and Advanced FRANZCOG trainees can apply for one of two $5,000 travel Fellowships for study or presentation of a scientific paper in O&G.
Mizuno-Ratnam Young Gynaecologist Award
RANZCOG Fellows and FRANZCOG trainees under 40 years of age can apply to be funded to attend the biennial AOFOG Congress.

Join the Global Health Facebook group

Our private Global Health Facebook is open to Pacific Affiliate members, Pacific O&G trainees, as well as members and trainees based in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

The group provides O&G clinicians across the Pacific, Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand the opportunity to engage with each other, share information, and participate in discussions in a supportive environment.

Contribute to O&G Magazine

Do you have an interest in global women’s health or have experience working or volunteering in low and middle-income countries?

O&G Magazine is a fantastic print and online platform to highlight global women’s health issues or initiatives. If you don’t have time to prepare a written contribution, you can be interviewed and have an article written for you.

Email us if you wish to contribute a global health story to O&G Magazine.

Volunteer or work overseas

RANZCOG partners with AVI and the Australian Volunteers Program to develop and support activities that build O&G capacity in the Pacific, including volunteer O&G assignments.

A new six-month assignment is available in Papua New Guinea from February 2025.

  • O&G Clinical Lecturer at the University of PNG. Applications are to be submitted directly to AVI.

This position would suit an Advanced Trainee seeking to gain global health experience during their training.

For more information and to apply, view the O&G Clinical Lecturer job listing on the Jobs Board.


What is it like volunteering in O&G?

For clinicians 18 May 2022

Webinar: Volunteering as an O&G

With the College’s support, Médicins Sans Frontières (MSF) Australia interviewed Dr Jared Watts on the role of O&G specialists in the field.

Share your story

We collect stories from Fellows, members and trainees about their experiences volunteering or working in low- and middle-income countries.

Make a donation

Donate medical equipment

The College is not able to accept donations of medical equipment; medical equipment in good condition can be donated to:

Make a financial donation

Your donation helps us support women’s health in the Pacific via scholarships for training and professional development of Pacific O&G clinicians, and grants for women’s health projects.


For further information please contact the Global Health Unit coordinator:

Phone: +61 3 9412 2926


The links to external resources provided on this page do not signify that RANZCOG endorses or makes any representation or claim regarding the resources, programs or websites.

Fellows, members and trainees interested in volunteering or working overseas should directly seek information from the contacts provided and inform themselves of current government travel advisories through or

Unless otherwise advised, RANZCOG does not assess or conduct probity on external organisations. RANZCOG accepts no liability, and we encourage applicants to conduct their own due diligence on the suitability of any volunteer or paid roles. Associated costs with volunteering or paid engagement shall be at the applicant’s expense unless a RANZCOG grant or approved funding covers the volunteer or paid role.

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