Obstetricians provide the full spectrum of care during pregnancy, delivery and post-natal care. Gynaecologists evaluate, treat and perform preventative care of the female reproductive system.
GPs can practice with a sub-specialty; this allows them to focus on a particular area of medical interest. See below for further information on the training requirements for a sub-specialty in Obstetrics and gynaecology .
The Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH) is designed for medical practitioners who desire increased knowledge in aspects of women’s health that centre primarily on officebased practice, including non-procedural GPs, GP registrars, junior medical officers and other doctors.
Certificate training involves either hospital-based or practice-based training.
To be awarded the CWH, trainees must complete:
• CWH logbook requirements, including monthly sign-offs by the Training Mentor;
• the three Workplace-based Assessments (paper-based assessments of clinical skills); and
• the CWH Written Examination
To apply for the specialist O & G training program in Australia or New Zealand, medical practitioners must:
- Possess an approved Australian or New Zealand primary medical degree, or have the Australian Medical Council certificate (for applicants in Australia) or be a graduate of a medical school recognised by the New Zealand Medical Council (for applicants in New Zealand)
- Have general registration with the Medical Board of Australia or the Medical Council of New Zealand (depending on the intended country of training.)
Fellowship training involves six years (276 weeks) of postgraduate hospital-based training and assessment.
Trainees enrolled in the FRANZCOG training program must complete the FRANZCOG written and oral examinations:
- Written examination: $1,610
- Clinical examination: $3,080
Certificate of Women’s Health (CWH)
- CWH annual training fee: $950
- DRANZCOG annual training fee (includes CWH training): $1,900
- DRANZCOG Advanced annual training fee (includes DRANZCOG training): $1,900
- DRANZCOG only annual training fee: $950
- DRANZCOG Advanced only annual training fee: $950
- CWH written examination fee: $520
- DRANZCOG written examination fee: $345
- CWH and DRANZCOG combined written examination fee: $690
- DRANZCOG oral examination fee: $1,960
Core training program
The four year (184 week) core program includes the following:
- Rotation through a minimum of two different hospitals, with at least 46 weeks in a hospital other than that designated as the trainee’s ‘home’ or ‘base’ hospital and 23 weeks in a rural hospital
- Logged clinical work in obstetrics and gynaecology resulting in attainment of prescribed competency levels in specified procedures
- Utilising the resources of CLIMATE, the RANZCOG e-learning platform
- Formative and summative assessments, including three-monthly appraisals and six-monthly assessment reports
- Experience in gynaecological oncology
Advanced training program
The advanced program follows the core program. It comprises the final two years (92 weeks) of the FRANZCOG training program. The content of the advanced program is not prescribed by the college. Trainees entering the advanced program are required to submit a plan each year that is designed to meet their own educational needs.
Applications for training in Australia open 21 April 2017.