What we do

RANZCOG provides contributions to global women’s health through advocacy, training, education and research support, and through engagement with College members, regional partners and other bodies concerned with women’s health in the international arena, particularly in the Pacific region.

RANZCOG Pacific Briefing

The College’s vision and global health engagement is overseen and directed by the Global Health Committee which reports to the College Board. The GHC comprises Councillors, and members who represent interaction with regional bodies or have current, active involvement in the Pacific.

Our Vision in Global Health

RANZCOG’s vision in global health is to improve the health of women and their families, particularly in our geographical region. Through collaboration, partnerships and advocacy, RANZCOG contributes to regional efforts to empower the reproductive health workforce to meet the challenges of providing quality care in low-resource and isolated settings. RANZCOG’s commitment includes educational support, provision of resources, networking support and facilitation of training, research and continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities for obstetricians and gynaecologists, midwives and other reproductive health workers.

Current College activities

Advocacy and collaboration with governments, medical and O&G societies and colleges within Australia, New Zealand and internationally, Departments and Ministries of Health within the Pacific Island Countries, and NGOs working in health development in the Pacific Island countries
Capacity building support for the O&G workforce in the Pacific through:
  • educational support, such as  provision of resources, scholarships, networking and research support for the training programs at the Pacific medical schools:
    • University of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    • Fiji National University College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Associate Membership for Pacific O&G specialists, including a CPD Program designed for Pacific O&G Specialists.  For more info visit the Associate Members Pacific page
  • the Pacific Midwifery Leadership Fellowship Program, funded through Australia Awards provided by DFAT.  The report on the PMLFP 2016-2017 is available here
Engagement with the membership
  • To raise awareness and provide education re global health issues
  • To share information on volunteering opportunities via the RAPID climate link,  “Volunteers Diaries”, and through the RANZCOG Global Health Unit
Development of sustainable funds through the RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation to support maternal and perinatal health projects in the Pacific

More information

Global Health Unit
Phone: +61 3 9412 2926
Email: [email protected]

[Above photo credit: Darren James Photography]




RANZCOG statement

RANZCOG notes the press release from the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) regarding water immersion in labour.



Guiding the evolution of the Women’s Health Foundation and its fundraising

The RANZCOG Women’s Health Foundation makes a difference to women’s health care across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, and Jen Jordan has joined the College to help with this work.



Gender Equity Initiatives and Progress

Gender Equity and Diversity Working Group Chair Dr Gillian Gibson provides an update on the work to improve gender equity, inclusion and diversity within our College.