NZ Obstetric Ultrasound Guidelines – Have your say

The Ministry of Health is inviting those working in the maternity sector to provide feedback on the new, draft New Zealand Obstetric Ultrasound Guidelines.

The new guidelines have been developed to support radiology professionals to deliver consistent, clinically appropriate and high-quality maternity ultrasound screening services across the country. 

They have been drafted by a dedicated working group of clinical sector experts, with support from the Ministry of Health.

The group is led by Dr Rachael McEwing (radiologist) and includes two radiologists, an obstetrician/maternal-fetal medicine specialist and a sonographer, with additional sector experts providing peer review.  

The development of the guidelines is a recommendation of the Maternity Ultrasound Advisory Group, a subgroup of the National Maternity Monitoring Group, which forms part of the Maternity Improvement Programme’s measuring and improving quality and safety work stream. 

The guidelines also mark the first phase in the implementation of national quality standards and guidance for primary maternity ultrasounds.

The guidelines are available to view on the Ministry of Health consultation website:

Those working across the maternity sector are encouraged to take time to review and provide feedback on this important document. Deadline for submissions is 3 May 2019, with the final guidelines planned for publication in the middle of 2019.

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Page last updated: 04 April 2019