Obstetric Medicine Training

Site Accreditation For Obstetric Medicine Training

Since 2013 the General and Acute Care Medicine Advanced Training Committee (ATC) has been supervising the SOMANZ recommended Obstetric Medicine training for advanced physician trainees.  For this reason, all trainees will have to prospectively apply for recognition of Obstetric Medicine training through the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC. ¬†Trainees currently training in another speciality, such as Endocrinology or Nephrology, will still need to apply to both the ATC in General and Acute Care Medicine and to their usual Advanced Training Committee for accreditation of the 12 months of Obstetric Medicine training. ¬†Trainees are not required to complete dual training in general medicine and their subspecialty.


The successful trainee will be issued with the Obstetric Medicine Certificate, which is recognition of completion of the SOMANZ recommended training.  This is a significant accomplishment for SOMANZ in its aim to train a workforce with adequate expertise and to enhance the role of obstetric medicine in Australia and New Zealand. ¬†Currently Obstetric Medicine is not recognised by AHPRA or MCNZ as a separate specialty.  Hence, RACP does not recognise the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine Certificate as an additional or separate qualification from specialty recognition in general  medicine, renal medicine or endocrinology.


Sites wishing to apply for site accreditation need to apply through the RACP website at the following link.



This application will then be considered by the Executive Council of SOMANZ and recommendations made to the General and Acute Care Medicine ATC


Sites suitable for training in Obstetric Medicine

The following Institutions are suitable training sites for Obstetric Medicine approved by the RACP Advanced Training Committee (ATC) in General & Acute Care Medicine:


Accredited for 12 months Training for the Obstetric Medicine Certificate

1) National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital (Dr Catherine Marnoch)
2) Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital  (Dr Karin Lust)
3) The Mater Mothers Hospital, Brisbane (A/Prof David McIntyre)
4)  Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne (Dr Ian Forbes)
5)  King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth (Dr Dorothy Graham)
6)  Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne (Dr Paul Campion de Crespigny)
7)  Finders Medical Centre (Half time position only) (Dr Bill Jeffries)

8) Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, NSW (Dr Angela Makris)

9) Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide (Dr Mark Morton)


Accredited for 12 months Training but positions currently unfunded
10)  Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW (A/Prof Sandra Lowe)


Accredited for 6 months Training for the Obstetric Medicine Certificate
11) Cairns Hospital, Qld (Dr Nirjhar Nandi)
12) Campbelltown Hospital, NSW (Prof Annemarie Hennessy/ Prof Kevin Pile)
13) Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Qld (Dr Sophie Poulter)

14) Lyell McEwin Hospital, SA (Dr Bill Jeffries)