Sita Murugappan and Amanda Quattrocelli are both Northern Health Hospital Medical Officers (HMOs) who were recently accepted into the highly competitive Royal Australian New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) Training Program.
RANZCOG trains and accredits doctors throughout Australia and New Zealand in the specialties of obstetrics and gynaecology so that they are capable – professionally and psychologically – of providing the highest standards of health care.
The Training Program is a six-year specialist program where only 24 trainees per year in Victoria are accepted. Trainees spend the first four years based at Northern Hospital but also get rotated to Mercy Health for experience in areas that aren’t available here, as well as six months at a rural centre.
Many of our trainees return in their fifth or sixth year as senior registrars and some also settle in the north to develop their careers here.
Northern Health Divisional Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, Dr Paul Howat, said, “I’m very excited that two of our HMOs were successful in getting into the training program, continuing our success from last year. The program is highly competitive.”
“It’s good to see that RANZCOG is selecting trainees from diverse backgrounds, which reflects the composition of our northern community,” he said.
“We are proud of these two young women who have promising careers. They have come through Northern and are loyal to Northern and see their careers playing out here. We’re just very excited to have them on board,” he added.
Amanda and Sita both expressed their enthusiasm for the opportunity.
“We are very excited to be accepted into the training program and are hopeful to be Northern Health trainees in 2020.”
“Both of us are very grateful and thank all those who have supported us along the way. We look forward to continuing to provide quality care to women coming through our health service at some of their most pivotal moments,” they said.
Featured Image (left to right): Amanda Quattrocelli and Sita Murugappan