The National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA), the peak body for rural and remote health in Australia, has welcomed the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RANZCOG) as a member of the Alliance.

“We’re delighted to have RANZCOG join the Alliance,” said NRHA CEO Dr Gabrielle O’Kane. “RANZCOG is a respected and well-established peak body responsible for training, accrediting and rectifying specialist obstetricians and gynecologists, and GP obstetricians, representing more than 6000 members across the country, including in many rural Australian areas. They have also demonstrated a commitment to, and a deep understanding of, women’s health issues in rural and remote Australia, which is of particular interest to us at the Alliance. Specialist obstetricians and gynecologists, and GP obstetricians in rural Australia play a major role in supporting hospitals and health services to maintain services and ensure an appropriate level of care is provided for women and their families in rural areas,” Dr O’Kane said.

“The College is committed to ensuring that women living and working in rural and remote Australia, like their counterparts in metropolitan centres, receive high quality obstetric and gynecological healthcare throughout their pregnancy and their lives,” said RANZCOG President Vijay Roach. “Equitable access to women’s healthcare must be a priority for governments, and we look forward to ensuring this advocacy is amplified through the Alliance,” Dr O’Kane said. The addition of RANSCOG brings the Alliance’s membership to 44, which is made up of organisations representing health practitioners, consumers, students and the Indigenous health sector.

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