Fewer women will have to travel for treatment outside the
Southern District Health Board because two
obstetrician/gynaecologists have been certified in the
subspeciality of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive
The qualification is administered by the American Board of
Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the American Board of Urology.
It involves treatment of urinary problems, pelvic floor
function, and prolapse.
The certifications would reduce the number of women referred
to other boards for treatment. The specialists are Associate
Prof Mike Stitely, at Dunedin Hospital, and Dr Erika Hunter,
at Southland Hospital.
Board chief executive Carole Heatly said the pair had been
recognised as experts by organisations with the highest
clinical standards in the world. The final stage of a lengthy
certification process was passing an exam.