The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

RANZCOG New Zealand 

RANZCOG New Zealand advocates for excellence in hauora wāhine through training, accreditation and standards, engagement with Aotearoa health sector stakeholders, advocacy in submissions and representation, and collaboration in policy development and advice on clinical matters.

RANZCOG recognises the special status of Māori as tangata whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand and is committed to meeting its obligations as Te Tiriti o Waitangi partners.

Pre-Vocational Māori Doctors

The Prevocational Pathway (PVP) provides resources and guided learning opportunities to prevocational doctors interested in a career in obstetrics and gynaecology. The pathway focuses on establishing foundation-level knowledge and skills relevant to the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology with a focus on preparation for the entry to FRANZCOG training program.

The PVP provides:

  • Opportunities for prevocational doctors to acquire core knowledge and skills before they commence specialist training in O&G
  • Ongoing professional development for participants who are in a transition period while seeking entry to the FRANZCOG training program
  • Specific training in practical skills workshops relevant for the FRANZCOG Training Program
  • Five (5) points under the Professional category in the CV application scoring process for the RANZCOG Trainee Selection Process. 

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Prospective applicants to the FRANZCOG Training program should familiarise themselves with the Selection Process and eligibility requirements, before commencing the application process below.

Reading of the following documents is strongly recommended:




The Mercia Barnes Trust (MBT) was established in 1994 in memory of Doctor Mercia Barnes.  The Trust aims to assist and promote research in the area of women’s and reproductive health. The Mercia Barnes Trust specifically supports New Zealand research with a focus on supporting young researchers. 


  • Encourage the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology, and the study and teaching of the scientific aspects of human reproduction
  • Promote knowledge in obstetrics and gynaecology and related subjects
  • Further public education and promote the health and welfare of women and children.

Research Grants

The Mercia Barnes Trust invites applications annually for research fellowships in the area of women’s and reproductive health up to a value of $35,000 each. Smaller or multiple grants are considered. As well as tabling a report at each AGM of the Trust, recipients are encouraged to publish as well as report progress to colleagues in one of the following ways:

  • Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) presentation
  • presentation to another appropriate forum
  • RANZCOG NZ newsletter update

Since 1997, grants from the Trust have contributed to a wide range of research projects. Areas of research undertaken include preterm delivery, hysterectomy, vulval cancer, premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, dysmenorrhoea, small for gestational age babies, HPV testing, IVF and breastfeeding, maternal sleep practices and risk of late stillbirth, and perinatal mortality.

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Useful / Related links

Health Equity Key for New Zealand Women, to read more click here>>

For information on Maori Health in RANZCOG please click here>>

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