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Coleen Caldwell and Karyn Johnson are the academic co-ordinators for OBGY 718 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Entry Residential Course 1.

Coleen Caldwell imageColeen is based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Karyn Johnson imageKaryn is based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Otago, Christchurch.

Topics covered include:

  • Counselling and advising women on antenatal screening tests, the process of birth, and recognition of obstetric emergencies.
  • Counselling and advising women on matters, such as contraceptive use, early pregnancy loss, and STIs, along with abortion management in New Zealand, abnormal uterine bleeding, and recognition, referral, and management of sexual harm.
  • Fitting and removal of LARC.
  • An introduction to resuscitation of neonate/newborn

This paper is taught in Christchurch and supported by the wider Christchurch Teaching Team. The content is regularly updated to address current issues in Women's Health.

The paper is run over three consecutive days, and is held three times a year in Christchurch.

All sessions are held in the University of Otago's Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Level 3, Christchurch Women's Hospital, 2 Riccarton Ave.

Please note that the sessions start at 8:00am on Day 1 and finish at 4:15 pm on Day 3. Morning and afternoon teas are provided, and cafeterias are on-site for the purchase of lunch at Christchurch Hospital.

Who should take OBGY 718?

The aim of OBGY 718 is to provide a broad introduction to obstetrics and gynaecology with assumption of no prior postgraduate obstetrics and gynaecology experience.

A variety of topics are included with an emphasis on practical aspects, and the use of interactive learning to cover aspects less easily learned via reading and audio-conferences.

PGDipOMG candidates must complete OBGY 718, ideally just before they commence their clinical placement.

PGCertWHlth candidates need to complete only OBGY 718 (this paper).

Travel and accommodation

You are responsible for getting to and from Christchurch yourself and for arranging your own accommodation. Please contact your hospital RMO directly for financial assistance with flights and accommodation.

Below is a list of accommodation options within walking distance of Christchurch Women's Hospital:

Aalton Motel

19 Riccarton Road
Tel 0800 422 586

Central Park Motor Lodge

15 Riccarton Road
Tel 0800 663 664

Chateau on the Park

189 Deans Avenue
Tel 0800 808 999

Thomas' Hotel on Hereford

36 Hereford Street
City Centre
Tel +64 3 379 9536 or 0800 886 061

Towers on the Park

Corner of Deans Avenue and Kilmarnock Street
Tel +64 3 348 0613 or 0800 455 456


12 Hereford Street
City Centre
Tel +64 3 365 0502

Further information

For further information, please contact Libby Friel:

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Otago, Christchurch
Level 3
Christchurch Women's Hospital
Private Bag 4711
Christchurch 8140

Tel +64 3 378 6244

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