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OBGY 718 Obstetrics and Gynaecology Entry Residential Course 1


Photo of Mary Olliver 130 cropped Dr Mary Hunter is the OBGY 718 Academic Coordinator.

Dr Hunter is based in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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 twice a year in Christchurch in May and late November / early December.

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.

The timetable section provides the confirmed dates for upcoming sessions.

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Who should take this paper?

The aim of the paper is to provide a broad introduction to obstetrics and gynaecology with assumption of no prior postgraduate O&G 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 can complete either OBGY 718 (this paper), or OBGY 719.

If the candidate is a new House Officer, or had very little O&G clinical experience, then they should do OBGY 718 which provides a foundation of knowledge in women’s health.

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What's in this paper?

OBGY 718 incorporates the following topics. At completion you should have the following knowledge base:


  • Counsel a woman re ante natal screening tests
  • Examine an antenatal women and describe the process of normal birth
  • Recognise and assist with obstetric emergencies
  • Understand the CTG interpretation
  • Give basic breastfeeding advice


  • Counselling around management of early pregnancy loss and contraceptive options
  • Performing STI screen and cervical smear
  • Give advice around common STIs
  • Learn about the procedure for TOP referral in New Zealand
  • Initate management / appropriate referral for sexual abuse


  • Examination of the newborn
  • The resuscitation of a neonate

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The assessment for OBGY 719 includes a literature search project for each participant, the topic will be provided four weeks ahead of the course start date, and a short presentation to accompany your search results; practical skills assessed during the workshops; a short written paper; and one OSCE station.

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Travel and accomodation

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

Gothic Heights Motel

430 Hagley Avenue
City Centre
Tel 0800 4 468 442

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

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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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