Women's Health Day

24 September 2022

The Auckland Faculty of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners presents a FREE face-to-face session on women's health. This event provides 5 hours of CPD.

Venue: University of Auckland Owen G Glenn building, Fisher and Paykel Auditorium. Map (click here)

  • Parking is available under the building ($6).
  • Late morning tea will be provided.
  • As expected, mask-wearing is mandatory. Please bring your own: N95's preferred.


Presentation Videos


7.45 Registration
8.30 Welcome and housekeeping Sue Tutty
8.40 Perimenopause; menopausal hormone treatment and symptom management Samantha Newman
9.00 Abnormal uterine bleeding / Post-menopausal bleeding Katherine Sowden
9.15 Dysmenorrhea Fiona Connell

Optimising maternal health before conception

May Soh


Screening in early pregnancy

Emma Ellis


Counties Manukau Primary Birthing Units – showcasing maternity services

  • Helenmary Walker, Midwife Manager Botany Primary Birthing Unit
  • Lynn Austerberry, Midwife Manager Pukekohe Primary Birthing Unit
10.20 Diabetes in pregnancy - the journey Charlotte Oyston
10.35 6 week check Chris McKinlay
10.50 Break
11.30 Fast and furious: Hot topics for the first antenatal visit Dereck Souter, Sarah Wadsworth, May Soh, Emma Ellis


Tongue tie

Helenmary Walker and Alison Farnell

Abortion law

Early medical abortion

Michelle Wise
1.00 Persistent vaginal discharge

Rose Forster

1.10 Cervical screening  Jane Grant

Pelvic floor in the post partum period

Uterine prolapse and pessary use

Hannah Orr
Transgender health
1.40 Transgender health Rose Forster
1.55 Wrap up



Samantha Newman

MBChB BSc (hons) DipOMG

Samantha is a GP with a special interest in womens health based in Hawkes Bay. Her specialist areas are the menopausal transition and prolapse and incontinence.  Samantha works in a Private GP Womens Health Clinic, a Kaupapa Maori Clinic, is on the Sexual Assault Roster, was the Clinical Lead for the GPSI Clinic in Prolapse and Continence in Hawkes Bay and takes an active role in community education.  She was honoured to become an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Auckland in July this year.

Katherine Sowden


Katherine is a Consultant Gynaecologist and the Clinical Leader of Gynaecology at Te Whata Ora - Counties Manukau. Katherine also consults privately at Ormiston, Pukekohe and the Macmurray Centre. Katherine has a special interest in the management of abnormal uterine bleeding, premalignant gynaecological conditions and non tertiary gynaecological oncology. She is currently part of the regional group aiming to standardise the management of premalignant endometrial pathology.

Fiona Connell

Gynaecologist and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon

Fiona is a NZ trained Specialist Gynaecologist accredited through the Australasian Gynaecologic Endoscopy and Surgery Society to have expertise in the most complex laparoscopic surgery.

May Ching Soh  


May is a dually qualified Rheumatologist and Obstetric Physician who spent many years working as an Obstetric Physician in the NHS. Her academic interests are in population-based epidemiological outcomes with her PhD is looking at long term cardiovascular outcomes in parous  women with SLE. May is passionate about improving maternal health both in pregnancy and in the longer term.

Emma Ellis (formerly Parry)


Emma is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) sub specialist. She lead the establishment of NZ MFM Network and has done extensive work in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Emma was awarded Next Magazine Woman of the Year for this work. She has recently completed a three year period as Chair of the RANZCOG MFM committee and is on the National Screening Unit Technical Working Group.  She loves to teach and has been a Senior Lecturer at both Otago University and the University of Auckland.

Chris McKinlay

Chris is a neonatologist at Kidz First Hospital, Te Whatu Ora Counties Manukau, and Associate Professor in perinatal health, Department of Paediatrics, University of Auckland, New Zealand. His clinical and research interests focus on the early determinants of metabolic and respiratory health, and learning and school achievement.

Dereck Souter


Dereck retired from his private obstetric practice Origins in 2018. He is now working at Middlemore Hospital, concentrating on obstetric ultrasound and passing on his obstetric experience to the trainees. He is passionate about women having balanced health knowledge so they can make informed choices to lead their best lives. He enjoys his new role as a grandfather and exploring New Zealand by both carbon-friendly and unfriendly means.

Sarah Wadsworth

MB ChB 1992 Otago; Dip Obst 1994 Auckland; FRANZCOG 2002

Sarah is the Clinical Leader, Obstetrics at Te Whata Ora/Counties Manukau Health Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Michelle Wise

MIchelle is the Deputy Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland, and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Te Whatu Ora Te Toka Tumai. She is an experienced abortion provider, past chair of APGANZ, and contributed to the development of the first national guideline on abortion care, the New Zealand Aotearoa Abortion Clinical Guideline. Michelle currently has several funded research projects on the go, supervises undergraduate and postgraduate students, and teaches all aspects of women’s health at the medical school.

Rose Forster

Rose is a sexual health physician at the Auckland Sexual Health Service.  She has worked in gender affirming care since 2015.

Jane Grant

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Jane is the Clinical Lead for the HPV Self-testing Implementation Research in Tāmaki Makaurau who is passionate about improving equity in cervical screening. Jane has recently returned from work on HPV Primary Screening implementation with the National Cervical Screening Programme and has worked as the Cervical Screening Coordinator in Auckland and Waitematā DHB’s.

Hannah Orr

BHsc (Physiotherapy) 2004, PGCert (Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation) 2010, Professional Certificate (Pelvic Organ Prolapse) 2017, MRes (Bioengineering) 2021

Hannah is a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist based in Auckland. Having previously worked in the public system for over 10 years, she is now based solely in private working with all symptoms related to the pelvic floor including bladder, bowel, prolapse and pain issues. She is passionate about getting women back to where they feel at ease in their body, perform at their best and get the most out of life.

Sue Tutty

BSc, FRNZCGP, MBChB, Dip. Obst, MMedSc (Hons)

Sue has worked for Tamaki Healthcare for over 25 years and continue to work there one day a week. Since 2015 I have been a GP Liaison at Counties Manukau Health and in 2020 took up a role as Clinical Lead for diabetes at the Ministry of Health. My additional roles are Chair of the Auckland faculty of Royal New Zealand College of GPs (RNZCGP), the RNZCGP National advisory council, the National Maternity Monitoring Group and the Maternal Mortality Review Working Group of the PMMRC. I have five children and two grandsons. Over my years in general practice I have seen the need for structural change in the way we work and feel the current changes in health provide an exciting opportunity to promote health equity, quality improvement and place Te Tiriti o Waitangi central to all of this work.


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