Emeritus Prof. Michael Permezel
Emeritus Professor Michael Permezel is currently Dean of Education at RANZCOG. He was President of RANZCOG from 2012-2016 and spent a total of 18 years on Council with 10 years onthe Executive / Board. He was Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne for 11 years and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. Research interests includemedical disorders of pregnancy and perinatal loss at term.
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Ms. Margaret Polacska
As State Manager at Sands, I have responsibility for community engagement across Victoria and helping expand our reach of services to benefit parents impacted by pregnancy and infant loss. My work involves creating informal supports, through forums, events and wellbeing initiatives, so that parents can socially connect with others in our community. I am also a consumer representative in the Safer Baby Collaborative targeting a reduction in stillbirth rates run by Safer Care Victoria. My previous roles in the NFP sector have included managing grant submissions, events and conferences in early childhood education, early intervention and health promotion. Through this experience I have learned a great deal about the importance of wellbeing for patients and families experiencing loss.
Dr. Rangi De Silva
Rangi is an advanced trainee and Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology based in Melbourne at the Mercy Hospital for Women. She has a long-standing passion for global health and has most recently returned from the Solomon Islands where she was an Australian Volunteer as part of the Australian Volunteers Program, an Australian Government initiative, collaborating with the WHO and the Ministry of Health to focus on education, capacity development and research in clinical obstetrics and gynaecology at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara. She is also completing her PhD based at the Mercy Hospital for Women through the University of Melbourne focusing Maternal morbidity and mortality in the Asia-Pacific region. She hopes to be able to incorporate
research, public policy and education into her career in global women’s health in the future as an O&G.
Dr. Rashi Kalra
Rashi completed her training as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne and obtained the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRANZCOG). She subsequently obtained the prestigious subspecialist Certificate in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (CREI) from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) in 2019 after completing three additional years of subspeciality training in infertility and reproductive endocrinology.
Rashi has published numerous peer reviewed papers and authored book chapters in the areas of reproductive surgery, fertility preservation and gynaecology. She has also presented her research at national conferences. She is passionate about teaching medical students and junior doctors at the University of Melbourne and The Royal Women’s’ Hospital, Melbourne. Rashi is currently a Visiting Medical Officer at The Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne and consults privately at Genea fertility unit.