Overview of Obstetric Medicine Training

Overview of Obstetric Medicine Training

SOMANZ will issue the Obstetric Medicine Certificate to Advanced Trainees or Fellows who complete the SOMANZ recommended training.  This is not recognised as a separate or additional qualification by the RACP and as yet Obstetric Medicine is not recognised by AHPRA or MCNZ as a separate specialty.  SOMANZ will recognise individuals as an “Obstetric Physician” based on successful completion of their RACP training (in any specialty) and the issuing of the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine certificate.  As of October 2023, SOMANZ will also recognise individuals as an “Obstetric Physician” if they are successful in their application for Post-Fellowship Recognition in Obstetric Medicine.  Post-Fellowship Recognition in Obstetric Medicine is not designed to replace Post-Fellowship training in Obstetric Medicine.  Post-Fellowship training is the standard pathway available to Fellows who wish to be recognised in Obstetric Medicine in addition to their other fellowship/s.  Post-Fellowship training is prospectively approved and supervised in accordance with the requirements for training in Obstetric Medicine.


Site Accreditation For Obstetric Medicine Training

Sites wishing to apply for site accreditation need to apply through the RACP website here.

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 and the SOMANZ Council:

Training site Positions Supervisor
Accredited for 12 months Training for the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine Certificate
National Women’s Health, Auckland City Hospital, New Zealand 2 positions Dr Catherine Marnoch
Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, QLD 2.5 positions Dr Penny Wolski
The Mater Mothers Hospital, Brisbane, QLD 2 positions Prof David McIntyre and Dr Jo Laurie
Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW 1 position A/Prof Sandra Lowe
Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, NSW 1 position Professor Angela Makris
Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, VIC 2 positions Dr Suet-Wan Choy
Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC 1 position Dr Sarah Price
Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital (Western Health), VIC 1 position Dr Briony Cutts
King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women, Perth, WA 1 position Dr Dorothy Graham
Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide, SA 1 position Dr Mark Morton
Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, SA 0.5 position Dr Jessica Gehlert
Accredited for 6 months Training for the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine Certificate
Cairns Hospital, QLD 1 position Dr Nirjhar Nandi
Townsville Hospital, QLD 1 position Dr Kunwarjit Sangla
Sunshine Coast University Hospital, QLD 1 position Dr Sophie Poulter
Gold Coast University Hospital, QLD 1 position Dr Katherine Griffin
Campbelltown Hospital, NSW 1 position Prof Annemarie Hennessy/ Prof Kevin Pile
Northern Health, VIC 1 position Dr Siaw Wong
Lyell McEwin Hospital, SA 1 position Dr Melissa Whalan /         Dr Ana McCarthy


For further information, you can contact the SOMANZ Obstetric Medicine Training Committee or contact the SOMANZ Secretariat at admin@somanz.org:

Dr Rebekah Shakhovskoy
SOMANZ Executive Council Member and Chair of the SOMANZ Training Committee member
SOMANZ representative on the RACP Advanced Training Committee in General and Acute Care Medicine.
Senior Staff Specialist in General and Obstetric Medicine – Sunshine Coast University Hospital
Senior Lecturer – University of the Sunshine Coast and Griffith University

A: Sunshine Coast University Hospital | 6 Doherty Street | Birtinya QLD  4575
T:  07 5202 0000 (Hospital switchboard)
E:  rebekah.shakhovskoy@health.qld.gov.au