The Ovary
Vol. 22 No 1 | Autumn 2020
College Statements update November 2019
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

This article is 4 years old and may no longer reflect current clinical practice.

Revised College Statements

The following statements were approved by RANZCOG Council and Board in November 2019:

Intrapartum Fetal Surveillance Guideline

  • Updated references
  • Refer to summary of changes to recommendations

Routine Antenatal Assessment (C-Obs 3a)

  • This statement replicates a lot of the content of the Department of Health National Pregnancy Care Guidelines and therefore proposed its retirement and replacement with a link to these guidelines, which the College had significant input into. However, the decision was made to keep the statement to provide guidance for New Zealand members.
  • Additional links to new College Statement on Reproductive Carrier Screening

Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation in Pregnancy (C-Obs 25)

  • Rewrite
  • Updated references

Vasa Praevia (C-Obs 47)

  • Updated references
  • A number of recommendations were changed to ‘good-practice points’

Management of Hepatitis B in Pregnancy (C-Obs 50)

  • Updated reference to the Australian Immunisation Handbook regarding Hepatitis B timing of vaccination for infants, children as and other risk groups.
  • Updated evidence surrounding Tenofovir, including reference to a meta-analysis on the efficacy of Tenofovir in preventing mother-to-infant transmission of Hepatitis B virus
  • Added information regarding a study about perinatal transmission of Hepatitis B among women undergoing invasive procedures

Emergency Contraception (C-Gyn 11)

  • Updated references

Late Abortion (C-Gyn 17a)

  • Rewrite
  • Updated references and terminology

Statements retired

Standing orders for prescribing narcotic drugs (C-Obs 8)

Developed in 1995 when little guidance existed on this issue. Regulations around standing orders are now outlined in national guidelines as well as hospital policies and protocols

Collaborative maternity care (C-Obs 33)

Developed in 2010 following the introduction of eligible midwives in Australia, due to the legislative requirement that they must have signed collaborative arrangements with a GP obstetrician or obstetrician and the uncertainty regarding scope of practice, supervision and responsibility for practice.

RANZCOG Patient Information

There are 41 RANZCOG Patient Information Pamphlets, including the new Pregnancy and Childbirth pack of 18 pamphlets, now available. All of these products can be viewed and ordered from:

The following titles were approved for publication and are now available:

  • Genetic Carrier Screening
  • Frequently Asked Questions in Pregnancy
  • Contraception

Prof Yee Leung
RANZCOG Women’s Health Committee

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