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    Fundamental knowledge and skills in a range of gynaecological and sexual health issues, including fertility issues, urinary and gynaecological problems, abortion, interpersonal violence and sexual harm and common gynaecological cancers.

    OBGY 716 gives a foundation on topics such as abortion, continence, fertility, gynaecologic oncology and intimate partner violence and sexual assault.

    About this paper

    Paper title Medical Gynaecology II
    Subject Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology
    EFTS 0.1250
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period(s) 1st Non standard period (15 April 2024 - 9 July 2024) (Distance learning)
    2nd Non standard period (16 September 2024 - 3 December 2024) (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,551.63
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    OBGX 716
    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, midwives, practice nurses, family planning and public health nurses and those doctors considering a future in sexual and reproductive health, general practice, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, emergency medicine.

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


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    Teaching staff

    Co-convenors: Helen Paterson, Emma Macfarlane

    Teaching Staff: Leigh Searle, Coleen Caldwell,  Peter Sykes, Susie Mourton, Cathy Stephenson, Mike Stitely

    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
    Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

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

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


    1st Non standard period (15 April 2024 - 9 July 2024)

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

    2nd Non standard period (16 September 2024 - 3 December 2024)

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