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OBGY715 Medical Gynaecology I

Fundamental knowledge and skills in management of a broad spectrum of women's reproductive health issues, including pubertal development, menopause, vulval conditions, menstrual disorders, sexual health and screening, and affirmation of gender and sexual diversity.

OBGY 715 gives a grounding beyond undergraduate training in women's reproductive health issues, covering adolescent health, screening for sexually transmitted infections and common presentations, such as menstrual disorders, vulval disorders and menopausal issues.

Paper title Medical Gynaecology I
Paper code OBGY715
Subject Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology
EFTS 0.1250
Points 15 points
Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (24 January 2023 - 25 April 2023) (Distance learning)
2nd Non standard period (4 July 2023 - 3 October 2023) (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,509.38
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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OBGX 715
Limited to
(i) This paper is designed for the continuing professional education of health professionals involved in the provision of women's health care, and is also a compulsory paper for the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology. (ii) Limited to 30 students per semester. (iii) For more information:
Recommended for general practitioners (GPs) and GP registrars and sexual health physicians, and those doctors considering a future in sexual and reproductive health, general practice, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics or emergency medicine. Suitable for midwives, practice nurses, family planning and public health nurses.

Enrolments for this paper are limited and require departmental permission. View more information about limitations of enrolment.

Amanda Phillips: Women's and Children's Health Distance Learning Co-ordinator
Tel: Ask Otago: 0800 808 098

Teaching staff

Convenor: Emma Macfarlane, Helen Paterson
Teaching Staff:  Karyn Johnson, Kate Coffey,  Fali Langdana, Karen Joseph, Rona Carroll, Emma Macfarlane

Paper Structure
One of four distance-taught papers that are offered as part of Postgraduate Certificate in Women's Health (PGCertWHlth) and Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology (PGDipOMG) programmes
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

Consisting of six 2-hour Tuesday evening audioconferences on Zoom conducted fortnightly over twelve weeks.


There is no single textbook for this paper. Readings will be provided for students to access via the Library, with additional readings and other multimedia material provided via Moodle.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this paper, students will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the medical management of sexual and reproductive health with low levels of complexity. 
  2. Demonstrate clinical expertise in the management of early gynaecological cancer diagnosis/screening, early pregnancy complications with appropriate consultation with a specialist. 
  3. Demonstrate understanding of relevant social and cultural issues that impact upon the provision of healthcare to women and their families/whanau. 
  4. Demonstrate self-learning in women’s health and other relevant areas of medical practice, including recognition of limits of their own knowledge and abilities. 
  5. Understand and explain underlying physiology and pathology, and the available assessment and management options in order to provide safe and effective care. 
  6. Solicit and accept constructive feedback. 
  7. Demonstrate values of fairness, empathy, acceptance, kindness, respect, and responsibility to and for all people. 

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1st Non standard period (24 January 2023 - 25 April 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system

2nd Non standard period (4 July 2023 - 3 October 2023)

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system