Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is the body responsible for training and examining obstetricians and gynaecologists in New Zealand and Australia.
The head office of the College is in Melbourne, Australia.
RANZCOG was formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RACOG) and the Royal New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RNZCOG). The Australian Regional Council of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) was appointed in 1947 by the RCOG, a British organisation that had been in existence since 1929.
As of 2005, the College had over 4600 members of various classes. Of these, 58% were male and 42% female.
There are 6 categories of membership:
- Honorary Fellows - 37 honorary fellowships have been awarded
- Associate Members - Open to medical practitioners with specialist qualifications in obstetrics and gynaecology not awarded by RANZCOG
- Educational Affiliates - Open to medical practitioners in women's health who are not eligible for Associate Membership
The College has publicly supported the decriminalisation of abortion, expanded rural health services, and has been a strong advocate for the implementation of vaccination programmes relating to cervical cancers, such as Gardasil.
The College is a non-government body, and is also independent of universities.
RANZCOG training program is a 6 year structured post-graduate program which leads first to certification as a Member of RANZCOG (MRANZCOG) and then to certification as a Fellow of RANZCOG (FRANZCOG). FRANZCOG status is the only post-graduate qualification which leads to recognition as a specialist obstetrician & gynaecologist in Australia and New Zealand.
The first 4 years of general obstetric and gynaecological training is known as the Integrated Training Program (ITP).