Obstetrics and gynaecology

Obstetrics and gynaecology involves the diagnosis and management of patients in the area of reproductive health and diseases, including but not limited to women’s health issues, maternal foetal medicine, gynaecological oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and urogynaecology, male sexual disorders, post and perinatal issues.

It is also involved with treatment and health provision to patients in relation to contraception, reproductive health and associated primary sexual health issues, as well as primary and secondary pathology and physiology of the reproductive system and genital tract area.

Vocational training in New Zealand

Vocational training in obstetrics and gynaecology is undertaken through the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). Once RANZCOG training is completed the doctor is awarded the Fellowship of the RANZCOG (FRANZCOG).

Am I able to apply to work as a recognised specialist in New Zealand?

To apply for vocational registration in obstetrics and gynaecology you need either:

  • the FRANZCOG qualification; or
  • an international postgraduate medical qualification in obstetrics and gynaecology, where your combination of qualifications, training and experience will then be assessed against the standard of the FRANZCOG.

What standard will my training, qualifications and experience be compared against?

Recognised specialists in New Zealand must complete 8 years of training and satisfy the requirements below:

  • 2 years of general medical experience, including 6 months in obstetrics and gynaecology
  • 4 years of supervised core training on an integrated training programme. Once successfully completed, trainees are awarded Membership of the RANZCOG (MRANZCOG)
  • rotation through a minimum of 3 hospitals, with at least 12 months spent in a tertiary hospital and 6 months spent in a rural hospital
  • 2 years in an elective programme, working in two subspecialty or research areas, subject to the approval of the RANZCOG
  • participate in the RANZCOG continuing professional development programme.

Once a trainee has successfully completed these examination and training requirements they'll be awarded the FRANZCOG.

I want to make a vocational registration application

To make a vocational registration application, please refer to the Vocational Registration Homepage and select the option appropriate for you.

Am I able to apply for other types of registration?

You may be able to apply for more than one type of registration. To find out which is the best fit for you, please use our self assessment tool.