Research at National Women's

Research Governance Group (RGG)


The RGG have oversight of all research proposals within Women’s Health and Newborn Services, with the exception of compliance audits

 Purpose of the Research Governance Group (RGG)

  • To support a culture of research excellence in all aspects of women’s and newborn health, at Women’s Health and Newborn Services, Starship Children’s Hospital,
  • To enable research at Women’s Health and Newborn
  • To promote integration of research into the clinical
  • To provide a safe research environment for staff and
  • To coordinate research to avoid duplication and burden on staff and patients and
  • To reflect the values of the

All Research Projects within women’s and newborn health will be reviewed by the RGG and ALSO by the ADHB RRC.

 To find out more about our research, visit the Research page on the Auckland DHB website().

Research governance meetings

Mondays 10am - 11.30am

Dates for 2021: 15th Feb, 8th March, 12th April, 3rd May 31st May, 28th June, 26th July, 23rd August, 20th September, 18th October, 15 November, 13th December

Documentation to be considered at a meeting needs to be received one week prior to the meeting date.

C*Steroid Study

Can we safely reduce the risk of breathing problems for newborn babies by giving corticosteroid injections to their mothers before a planned caesarean section?

This trial is underway at Auckland Hospital and Liggins Institute, The University of Auckland. This trial may be suitable for you if you are having a planned caesarean section at 35 – 39+6 weeks of pregnancy. Find our more at the C*STEROID Trial website or contact the team at

OBLIGE study

The OBLIGE research study is comparing two common ways of starting the process of inducing labour (Outpatient Balloon catheter and Inpatient prostaglandin Gel). We are running this study at Auckland Hospital and nine other hospitals around New Zealand. For more information, a patient information video and pamphlet, visit the OBLIGE website().

GEMS study

The GEMS Study is examining the best criteria for testing for diabetes during pregnancy. This study has now completed recruitment. For more information, visit the GEMS study website.()

FIIX study

The FIIX Study is a clinical trial comparing the two main fertility procedures available through public funding in New Zealand – The Fertility and In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) trial in couples with uneXplained infertility.

Couples with unexplained infertility who have been accepted for publicly funded fertility treatment are suitable to participate.

For more information, visit the FIIX study website()