ۺŮ

ۺŮ Board

CONTACT

Email: board@ranzcog.edu.au

Board activities

ۺŮ is governed by a nine-member Board who are the directors of the College. The Board manages the financial, legal and business operations of the organisation and is supported in its activities by the Council and a range of committees.

The Board meet a minimum of six times a year. Each iteration of the Board serves a 2-year term before elections are once again held.

Board composition

The ۺŮ Board of Office Bearers and Directors are elected by members of Council, in accordance with the processes set out in the Regulations. The Associate (Procedural or Adv. Procedural) (or equivalent) Board Director is the Chair of the Associate Procedural Members and Certificants Committee. The Independent Board Director is appointed by the Board.

The Board comprises:

President

Three Vice-Presidents

Three Board Directors

Associate (Procedural and Adv. Procedural) (or equivalent) Board Director

Independent Board Director

ۺŮ BOARD

Dr Gillian Gibson

President

BSc(Hons) MBChB Dip Obstet MRCOG FۺŮ

Gill has been a ۺŮ Fellow since 1997. She is an Auckland based Generalist Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with 25 years of experience, working in both public and private practice, including a service clinical director role.

She was an Aotearoa New Zealand representative on the 9th and 10th ۺŮ Councils (2014 -2018) and has been a ۺŮ Board Director for the past five years.

Associate Professor Boon Lim

Vice-President

MBBS FRCOG FۺŮ

Boon trained in O&G in Scotland, and upon completion, he held consultant positions in New Zealand, Scotland, England and Tasmania before moving to Canberra. He has held senior clinical academic positions with the Universities of Auckland, Aberdeen, Cambridge, Tasmania and currently with the Australian National University.

Elected to Council in 2012, Boon has been on several committees of the College and is currently Chair of the ۺŮ Continuing Professional Committee. He has a keen interest in training and education and is on the Board of Examiners as joint Co-ordinator of the Short Answer Questions for the FۺŮ Examination.

Boon is Clinical Director of the Division of Women, Youth and Children at Canberra Health Services. He is a member of the ACT Board of the Medical Board of Australia, Specialist Adviser to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), the Executive Committee of the Australian Preterm Birth Alliance and the Steering Committee of the Stillbirth Baby Bundle.

This is Boon’s second term as a Board Director.

Dr Susan Fleming

Vice-President

MBChB FۺŮ EMBA

Susan is a New Zealand medical graduate. She undertook her O&G training and early years of clinical practice at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. In 2002, after a period in North America, she returned to New Zealand where her latter professional life has been focused on leadership within O&G.

From 2013 to 2017 she was Director of Women’s Health at Auckland DHB. One of her many interests has been the use of information technology to support care delivery. Although no longer clinically active she remains professionally engaged and is a New Zealand Councillor on Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku and the ۺŮ New Zealand representative for the Asian Oceania Federation of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (AOFOG).

This is Susan’s second term as a Board Director.

Dr Nisha Khot

Vice-President

MBBS MD FRCOG FۺŮ AFRACMA

Nisha is a Victorian obstetrician working at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital and Bacchus Marsh Hospital. She also holds clinical educator positions at University of Melbourne Medical School and Notre Dame University. She trained in India and the UK before moving to Australia. Nisha has a special interest in simulation-based education especially in rural and low resource settings. She is a past PROMPT trainer and a member of the Gandel simulation service based at RWH. As an educator with ONE-Sim program, she provides inter-professional training for maternity care providers in India.

Elected to Council in 2018, she is a member of the Women’s Health and SIMG committees. She is the deputy chair of the Gender Equity and Diversity working group for ۺŮ. She has been an examiner for both advanced diploma (now Associate ۺŮ Program (Adv. Procedural)) and Fellowship examinations. In addition to her role within ۺŮ, Nisha is a board member for the Victorian Rural Doctors Association and represent salaried medical officers at AMA Victoria. She is a passionate advocate for equitable and diverse representation in healthcare leadership, sexual and reproductive rights of women and equitable access to healthcare & health literacy for migrant and refugee women.

This is Nisha’s second term as a Board Director.

Dr John Regan

Board Director

MBBS FۺŮ

John is a practising Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in Melbourne with his principal public appointment being Head of Obstetrics at Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.

He has been involved with ۺŮ for many years, and has been a ۺŮ Councillor since 2012. He is currently the Chair of the Subspecialties Committee, having previously been involved with the Women’s Health Committee, the Continuing Professional Development Committee, the Finance and Risk Management Committee and the SIMG Committee. John has also been instrumental in ۺŮ’s recent move to College Place.

First elected to the Board in 2018, this is John’s third term as a Board Director.

Associate Professor Jared Watts

Board Director

MBBS(Hons) MPHTM MHM MIPH FۺŮ

Jared is currently the Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Kimberley of Western Australia, and the Co-Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for the WA Country Health Service. He also works as a medical coordinator for the WA Rural Clinical School. Jared is a WA Clinical Senator and previously been a Regional ۺŮ Councillor, and the chair of the CCDOG and Regional Fellows Committees.

He has completed further studies in medical administration, public health and tropical medicine and has worked internationally in several low resource settings including Nigeria, Cambodia, Laos and Syria.

Jared is passionate about Indigenous and rural medicine and the role of generalists and the essential part they play in ensuring all women have access to high quality clinical care close to their home, family and support networks.

This is Jared’s second term as a Board Director.

Associate Professor Michael Rasmussen

Board Director

Michael is a Melbourne based Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, currently in a full time hospital Clinical Director role after many years in Private and Public practice. He is a Clinical Associate Professor with Melbourne University. Michael trained in Melbourne and Dublin Ireland, and soon after receiving his Fellowship in 1991, began his involvement in college activities as ۺŮ supervisor and through the Victorian State Committee where he served as Treasurer and Chair.

Michael has been involved in Diploma and Fellowship examinations over many years, and is committed to fair assessment processes across all College activities. He has served as College Councillor for a number of terms, receiving the Presidents Medal in 2017. This is Michael’s first term as Board Director. Challenges lie ahead. Michael is committed to keeping the College adaptable, relevant to the needs of its members, and responsive to the needs of our communities.

Dr Martina Mende

Associate Board Director

Dr Martina Mende is a GP Obstetrician with a commitment to enhancing health equity and ensuring access to comprehensive reproductive care. Her work as a clinical lead in a southern NSW GP-led maternity unit and in abortion care have contributed to these vital areas.

Martina holds a Masters in Public Health and has pursued further education in medical administration and leadership, alongside medical education training. Her work includes training rural GP obstetricians and GPs in sexual and reproductive health, aiming to enhance care quality and accessibility.
Recently appointed to the board of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ۺŮ), Martina advocates for increased access to reproductive services for all, with a keen focus on First Nations and disadvantaged populations. She is also dedicated to supporting rural maternity services and believes in the importance of continuity of care models and robust training for GP Obstetricians.

This is Martina’s first term as an Associate (Procedural and Adv. Procedural) (or equivalent) Board Director.

 

Julie Hamblin

Independent Board Director

B.A., LL.B (Hons) (Syd), LL.M (McGill), FAICD

Julie Hamblin has worked for more than 25 years as a lawyer and policy consultant in health law, clinical risk, disability and international development. A former partner of HWL Ebsworth, she has served on numerous government and other advisory bodies in the health sector, including the Australian Research Integrity Committee, the NSW Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel, the MBS Review Clinical Committees for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group.

She has a particular interest in global health having worked with the United Nations Development Programme and other organisations on projects relating to public health and HIV/AIDS in more than 20 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Julie is an experienced non-executive director. In addition to her ۺŮ role, she chairs the Boards of AVI and Maluk Timor Australia and is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman.