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 Executive Committee
“I have always been drawn to medicine but after having my own babies I fell in love with birthing and women’s health. O&G is so diverse with a great mix of surgery and medicine combined with the opportunity to look after a woman and her family from birth and throughout life. I am passionate about raising awareness for women’s health particularly gynaecological cancers. This co-chair role means so much to me and I look forward to working with likeminded people to connect, work with and promote PVOGs to all those that love or are thinking of O&G for their future.”
“Three things I love about O+G are being involved in one of the most special times in a person’s life, cuddling cute babies and having the opportunity to improve the health and wellbeing of a child right from day 1! I also love admin, calendars and to-do lists, so I’m looking forward to bossing the rest of the team around … just kidding! Can’t wait to follow on from last year’s committee and put on some awesome PVOGS events!”
“Throughout her lifetime, a woman shares numerous joys and challenges with her O&G. The immense privilege of this position is what drives my passion to pursue this fulfilling and challenging career, and contribute to innovation of O&G to optimise care for women worldwide. My current research interests are in menopause and pelvic pain. Furthermore, I am dedicated to the continuation of active improvement of support for and the experience of junior practitioners in the pre-vocational sphere, and hope to be part of a more open discourse of the challenges faced by junior practitioners in medicine.”
“On top of being the perfect balance between medicine and surgery, O&G offers opportunities to make real changes to the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities at a local and global level. I’m excited to be a part of these changes as i embark on my first O&G resident year in 2018. Given my passion for evidence-based medicine, research and education I’m thrilled to take on the role of PVOGS co-academic officer and expand on the incredible work of the outgoing committee.”
My interests have long centered around women’s health and women’s rights and I believe that a career in obstetrics & gynaecology provides the perfect opportunity to have an impact. I am continually striving to further my experience in this area in research, teaching, advocacy, and as a junior doctor in South West Sydney. I hope to accumulate more experience within this field through my role as Academic Officer for PVOGS Australia & New Zealand.
O&G has a propensity to engage at the intersection between medicine and society, which is one of the many reasons why I’m drawn to this specialty. I’ve recently returned from a six-month research elective in women’s mental health at King’s College London, and back home I’m part of a team conducting research into adhesions in gynaecological surgery. I am passionate about education, and as a PVOGS academic officer I am excited about sharing my enthusiasm for women’s health with other medical students and junior doctors.
“I’m passionate about improving global health in underserved communities, of which women and children are a particularly vulnerable population. Hence, I’m currently undertaking an elective in Nepal and Cambodia in the surgical and O&G departments and absolutely loving every second! I’m most looking forward to helping make PVOGS events more accessible to students from all regions through more monetary sponsorship and partnerships.”
“Coming from a South Asian culture where women themselves poorly understand their health and needs, I’ve always inherently had an interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I’m passionate about pulling away the stigma around women’s health issues by creating more public discussion on O&G issues, especially in South Asian/Asian/Middle Eastern and Indigenous communities. My aim for the year is to increase student, and wider medical community engagement through highlighting global O&G topics on social media so that we can become more aware as future clinicians”.
“For me, O&G combines the best aspects of medicine with all the excitement and challenges of surgery. After doing my elective in O&G in Samoa I knew there wasn’t anything else I could do. Also, having just had little boy myself I know that that 9 months was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had, and to be able to have a career sharing moments like that would be incredible”.
I wish I could say I had always wanted to do Obstetrics, but that simply isn’t true. It wasn’t until I did my O&G rotation in my penultimate year of my medical degree that I feel in love. It’s the perfect mix between medicine and surgery. It’s a privilege to share this experience with women and their partners. I want to provide access to safe and evidence-based obstetric care to women globally and hope to achieve this through clinical practice, teaching and advocacy.
“As a medical student and intern I couldn’t decide between medicine or surgery; so the obvious choice was a speciality that combines medicine, surgery, radiology, empathy, decisiveness, the kitchen sink, and everything in between. As a resident, O&G challenges me daily in ways I never thought possible, however, I received little or no direction after medical school to kindle my interest in O&G. I had to rely on word of mouth and lots of Dr. Googling to to figure out simple things such as the best path to get into training or what courses to attend. My hope is that PVOGs will fill this void for many such as myself, and I am really excited to being part of PVOGs in the coming years.”
Prof. Steve Robson
Professor Steve Robson is a highly-experienced obstetrician and gynaecologist with an interest in fertility treatment.
Steve holds a Master of Reproductive Health Science and Human Genetics from the University of Sydney, a Master of Public Health from the University of Queensland and a Doctorate (in the management of stillbirth) from the University of New South Wales.
Steve is a Fellow and current President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is also a Fellow the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Royal Society of Medicine (UK). Steve is Founder and Chair of the international maternal health charity Send Hope Not Flowers.
A/Prof. Rosalie Grivell
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.