The PVOGS Team

The Pre-Vocational Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society of Australia and New Zealand (PVOGS ANZ) is an organisation that engages with junior doctors and medical students with an interest in the fields of obstetrics, gynaecology and women's health. In particular, addressing the gap between finishing medical school and starting specialist training.

Supported by and affiliated with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), PVOGS works to provide its members with opportunities and resources to facilitate their pursuit of a career in women's health, through conferences, workshops, podcasts and educational resources.

PVOGS 2021 Executive Committee

JESSICA YANG

Co-Chair

(New Zealand)

cochairs@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

All through med school I was fascinated by the complexities of the female reproductive system. In my clinical years I fell in love with surgery. But the biggest part for me is the idea of serving a population that I care about greatly, that has suffered injustices in health historically, and to help these people do what they want with their bodies – whether it be creating a family, exerting their right to not create a family, or managing symptoms and illness so they can live their fullest lives. Every part of women’s health appeals to me – even the ungodly hours!

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

I had been involved with PVOGS New Zealand for several years. I want to see the organisation grow and become more inclusive on a binational level, and to support minorities including our smaller state groups, and rural and indigenous communities. To achieve this I believe we need to undergo a thorough amalgamation process with a focus on equity. I’m also very excited to learn a thing or two about leadership and the work that goes into running a group like this one.

KATIE BLUNT

Co-Chair

(Victoria)

cochairs@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

I am captivated by the health-related joys and challenges faced by women throughout their lives. The immense privilege of working with women in these life changing situations is what has ignited my interest in O&G as a career. I also value patient-centred nature of the speciality and feel that it provides a unique space for the intersect of empathy and compassion with science and skill.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

PVOGS is a unique organisation in the pre-vocational space. In my role, I would like to continue the great work of the outgoing committee to strengthen and improve PVOGS from an organisational perspective. I also look forward to supporting the committee to bring life to some exciting projects that are still in their infancy. On a personal level, I am passionate about rural health and addressing issues of workforce distribution and would like to promote the unique career opportunities in Women’s Health that exist in rural and regional Australia.

ERIN CLARKE

Secretary

(Northern Territory)

secretary@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

The centrality of women in every community means that the impact of preventable conditions is far-reaching, affecting not only the woman but the entire community. Working in O&G means that as individuals, our care has impact; as a speciality, our care is shaping the next generation.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

Contributing to the development of an advocacy arm of PVOGS, and increasing the role of PVOGS to support pre-vocational junior doctors – O&G activities and support is very strong for medical students however this support and guidance really drops off for junior doctors.

ALBERT VU

Sponsorship

(New South Wales)

sponsorship@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

We all have a part to play in ensuring women in our communities have access to the best care possible. Doctors are advocates for their patients and being able to share in rewarding moments as well as challenging situations is a huge privilege that I find immensely fulfilling.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

PVOGS has already achieved an amazing amount in the short time that we have been around and I am excited to be involved in what’s to come in the years ahead. We have a lot to offer to those pursuing a career in O&G and I want to bring more resources into our organisation to help our team realise this vision.

SOPHIE TODD

Treasurer

(New South Wales)

treasurer@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

During medical school I spent a year out in Mudgee, NSW where I spent time with GP-Obstetricians and visiting FRANZCOGs from Dubbo and Orange. I loved the mixture of medicine and surgery, variety of presentations in both obstetrics and gynaecology and the patient population. I’m extremely grateful for the enthusiasm and hands on teaching from all O&G mentors and hope to provide the same passion of women’s health to future students.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

During my time as PVOGS ANZ Treasurer I would like to develop a financial model in conjunction with our state groups to continue to improve PVOGS’s presence and value to its members in the future.

EMMA MCLAUGHLIN

IT Officer

(Victoria)

it@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

O&G is the specialty that has everything – medicine, surgery, radiology, psychiatry. It has continuity of care not just across an illness but across a lifetime. It also happens to be a specialty filled with many supportive, dedicated and inspiring people.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

Improve our online presence through our website, modernise our membership database and ensure our events run without a glitch!

MEGAN MCKIMMIE-DOHERTY

Academic Officer

(Victoria)

academics@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

I love the diversity that women’s health being both a medical and surgical specialty. I enjoy learning the depth and breadth of skills and knowledge and being able to implement these to make a positive impact on the lives of women.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

I hope to continue to grow the PVOGS community working with alongside the amazing executive team. As an Academic Officer I hope to further develop our members excitement for O&G through the development of new resources and events throughout the year.

SAMANTHA CARR

Academic Officer

(New South Wales)

academics@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

Women’s health incorporates all the best parts of medicine- continuity of care, preventative care and acute care. It is a platform for enduring change in efforts towards gender equality by advocating for the best health outcomes for women and girls. The specialty offers such a broad range of interests and skills and is full of inspiring mentors that you can’t help but love coming to work everyday!

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

Through my role as an Academic Officer, I hope to inspire junior medical students to take an interest in women’s health, to extend and deepen the knowledge of those that are interested and to provide a networking platform to integrate pre-vocational members into the O&G family.

MADELEINE ROCK

Academic Officer

(South Australia)

academics@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

The fact that countries are assessed based on their maternal mortality rate says it all- Women’s Health is at the centre of every society and has such important flow on effects to all those in a community! I love the vast complexities of the challenges women face (and the amazing ways they overcome these!), and am so excited about being able to learn more to improve the quality and education for as many women and families as possible!

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

In the crazy world that COVID-19 has created the Academics team are hoping to use all that we’ve learned about the world of technology to bring fresh and unique educational events with as many practical elements as possible to best engage and spark passion in anyone interested in Women’s Health!

KATE HUDSON

Publications & Promotions

(New South Wales)

publications@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

Women’s health is a fantastic unity of holistic, surgical and diagnostic medicine. To care for patients longitudinally is really unique and you never know what is going to walk through the door. It is a privilege to help women and their families through their journey.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

To promote women’s health beyond the speciality and to celebrate everyone who practises in this wide field, including GP obstetricians and allied health professions.

AMY NGOV

Publications & Promotions

(New South Wales)

publications@pvogs.org

 

Why do you love women’s health and O&G?

I find it to be the perfect integration of medicine, surgery and procedural skills. My experiences in the field has taught me the amazing things women go through and the need for greater awareness to ensure more prompt access to health care workers.

What do you hope to achieve through PVOGs?

To increase awareness of the events our volunteers put together amongst those that are also highly passionate about women’s health.

PVOGS Affiliates

Dr. Vijay Roach

PVOGS Ex-Officio

Dr. Vijay Roach is a specialist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with years of experience in both public and private practice in Sydney. He is the President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), and has previously held the role of Chair of the RANZCOG NSW Training and Accreditation Committee for nine years. Vijay is directly involved in medical education through lecturing at the University of Sydney.

Vijay is also involved in teaching and mentoring medical students at Royal North Shore Hospital, where his warm and genuine approach allows students to appreciate the human side of medical practice.

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A/Prof. Rosalie Grivell

PVOGS Ambassador

Associate Professor Rosalie Grivell is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Subspecialist who is dedicated to teaching medical students, trainees and fellows, and committed to research with successful funding of over $4 million for research projects, book chapters and publications. Her research interests focus on the health of women and babies, including fetal growth, induction of labour and caesarean section techniques. Rosalie is also a Visiting MFM specialist at Sanglah Hospital, Denpasar, Bali, where she and her team provide much-needed care.

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Prof. Jason Abbott

PVOGS Ambassador

Professor Jason Abbott is Professor of Gynaecological Surgery at the University of New South Wales. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynaecology an associate editor for ANZJOG and Human reproduction and has more than 125 publications including text-books, book chapters and large-scale RCTs in gynaecological surgery. Jason has an active role in undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral supervision and is the former Chairman of the Practice Committee of the AAGL charged with delivering evidence-based guidelines for surgical gynaecology. He has chaired the MBS review committee for benign gynaecology and helped shape the National Action Plan for Endometriosis launched by Minister Hunt in July 2018. He is a Principle Investigator and Chair for the MRFF funded NECST network in endometriosis in Australia.

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