RANZCOG will join on 12 October with more than 50 peak international health and medical organisations to raise global awareness of the impacts of climate change on human health.
This full day practical workshop, facilitated by Dr Glenn Gardener, includes five hours of practical hands-on scanning training in transabdominal and transvaginal imaging using a combination of pregnant women and pelvic phantoms.
Members would be aware of the MBS Review being undertaken by the Minister of Health – the first major review of the MBS schedule in 30 years. Obstetrics had been identified as one of the first areas of practice to be reviewed. While it is unlikely that there will be any substantive increases in MBS benefits, it may be possible to restructure some items with a view to improved patient outcomes and optimal utilisation of limited resources. The Consultation Paper released by the MBS Review Taskforce and the online feedback tool are available online, with the consultation process closing 9 November 2015.
Homebirth Midwifery Standards
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) has been contracted by Queensland Health to develop a Midwifery Practice Scheme (MPS). As part of this project, the ACM Birth at Home Midwifery Practice Standards, Transfer from Planned Birth at Home Guidelines, and Requirements for Membership of the MPS are being developed. The College will be submitting feedback on these documents but individuals who wish to contribute to the consultation can do so here.
17 July 2010
For Immediate Release
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) has today officially released a statement on swine flu for all pregnant women and has advised them to be alert to the possibility of infection and seek appropriate medical help if they have concerns about themselves or the health of their pregnancy.
The College statement, available on the RANZCOG website: 17 July 2009 Swine Flu and Pregnancy Statement (163.41 kB), emphasises that basic personal hygiene measures are the most important strategies in the prevention of H1N1 influenza in pregnancy, suggesting that simple hand washing and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and hygienic disposal of tissues are all simple but effective measures.
'Pregnant women are an at-risk group and efforts should be made to avoid those situations where transmission might occur such as in crowded areas or in the workplace', said RANZCOG President Dr Ted Weaver.
'If women are very concerned that they may contract the infection or have other risk factors such as, cigarette smoking, asthma or other chronic diseases, they could take further precautions such as wearing a face mask. This is not essential if the exposure risk is low.
'In an event where a woman does contract swine flu, it is likely that the benefits of anti-viral treatment (e.g. tamiflu) will outweigh any theoretical risks', said Dr Weaver.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is dedicated to maintaining the highest possible standards in obstetrics and gynaecology in Australia and New Zealand.
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