Vol. 22 No 2 | Winter 2020
College Statements update March 2020
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 College statements were approved by RANZCOG Council and Board in March 2020:

Instrumental vaginal birth (C-Obs 16)

  • Updated references
  • New recommendation regarding administration of antibiotics following an instrumental birth


Management of Hepatitis C in pregnancy (C-Obs 51)

  • Updated references


Pregnancy and smoking (C-Obs 53)

  • Rewrite
  • Formerly Women and smoking
  • Recommendations to align with Safer Baby Bundle & Stillbirth CRE
  • Additional support programs listed
  • Additional information on indigenous population


Exercise during pregnancy (C-Obs 62)

  • Updated references


Vaginal screening after hysterectomy (C-Gyn 8)

  • Rewrite


Cervical cancer screening in Australia and New Zealand (C-Gyn 19)

  • Rewrite
  • Align to National Guidelines
  • New guidance includes New Zealand


Uterine artery embolisation (C-Gyn 23)

  • Rewrite


Consent and provision of information to patients in Australia (C-Gen 2a)

  • Updated references
  • Align to MBA regulations
  • Additional section on informed consent
  • Additional section on consent for teaching and supervising students


Driving after abdominal surgery including caesarean section (C-Gen 21)

  • Rewrite

A full list of College Statements can be viewed at

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:


Prof Yee Leung
RANZCOG Women’s Health Committee

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