Society of Obstetric Medicine of
Australia and New Zealand

Our mission is to improve outcomes for all women with medical disorders related to pregnancy and promote clinical excellence in pregnancy-related medical disorders through collaboration between health practitioners. We also aim to foster the highest levels of training and education in Obstetric Medicine, provide a supportive academic environment and encourage basic and clinical research.

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Welcome to SOMANZ

SOMANZ stands for ‘Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand’. The Society aims to advance clinical and scientific knowledge of hypertensive diseases and medical disorders in pregnancy and to foster collaboration with other regional and international societies interested in hypertension in pregnancy and obstetric medicine.

New members are always welcome. Apply now online or for further information contact the SOMANZ Secretariat on email If you need to speak to us, please email your contact number and we will call you back.

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Vale Claire McLintock

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Claire McLintock after her battle with breast cancer. Claire was past president of SOMANZ as well as past president of the International Society of Haemostasis and Thrombosis and the Thrombosis and Haemostasis Australian and New Zealand society. Her far reaching contributions to obstetric medicine and haematology in women’s health was recognised in her being awarded as an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Claire was a tour de force in the international obstetric medicine and haematology communities who also reached so many at a local level. Known for her clinical expertise in women’s health and obstetric medicine, she brought vibrancy, intelligence and wit to her clinical practice and teaching. She was a courageous and strong advocate for many causes including disadvantaged women, indigenous populations, women’s health, women in medicine and minority groups within medicine, and ensured that any international guideline she helped author had a strong voice from the Southern Hemisphere.

She will be sorely missed as a clinician, a teacher and a mentor. We are deeply honoured as a society that we were able to listen to her impart wise words to us one last time at our SOMANZ conference in October this year. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones. R.I.P.

Claire’s service is on New Year’s eve at 1400 hours NZT. The link for the live-stream is

A tribute to Dr Claire McLintock by Dr Briony Cutts


The Queen of Hearts


Flaming red hair

A warm and witty 

Waxing of the lyrical 

A shining beacon 

Of hope and inspiration 

From the land of highlands 

And the long white cloud





To be sorely missed

A splash of life 

And always colour

And Laughter

Lots of laughter

Humour is good medicine 

A source of hope

A mentor 

To women

For women

Who become mothers

And the next generation

Their hearts beat stronger

Because of you

You are in grand company

Dr Claire McLintock

A rightful queen amongst Queens 


SOMANZ Annual General Meeting

The SOMANZ 2022 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 15 October 2022 at 12 noon at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania.  All members welcome.

Muslim Obstetrician

What Is An Obstetric Medicine Physician?

SOMANZ has recently produced a brochure to explain this important role. Please feel free to download and print copies of this trifold brochure here.

SOMANZ Guideline for Management of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy And Hyperemesis Gravidarum

This new guideline is now available in the guidelines section of this website.

Click here