Professor Cindy Margaret Farquhar



Cindy is the Postgraduate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Cindy is the coordinating editor of the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group which was established in 1996. Her research interests include clinical trials within subfertility and menstrual disorders, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines and quality improvement.

Cindy trained in medicine at the University of Auckland and completed her speciality training in obstetrics and gynaecology in the United Kingdom. She was appointed as a part time senior lecturer in 1989 at the University of Auckland. She also has held a consultant appointment in obstetrics and gynaecology at National Women’s Hospital since that time. In 2000, Cindy was a Harkness Fellow for the Commonwealth Fund and spent one year at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Maryland, USA.  Her clinical interests are polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic pain, endometriosis and the management of abnormal uterine bleeding.  Cindy has been involved in leading many clinical trials in gynaecology and subfertility.  Cindy has also led guideline development groups on heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine fibroids and the management of women with breech presentation and vaginal birth after caesarean section, diabetes in pregnancy as well as assisting with training in guideline development workshops.  She has over 220 peer reviewed publications and twenty technical reports. She is the past Chair of the board of the NZ Guidelines Group ( and past Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee ( ). She is currently the co-chair of the Cochrane Steering Group. She is also leading one section of the WHO Fertility Guidelines in 2015. 

Research | Current

Current Research Interests

Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group.  Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group. This group was established in 1995 in Auckland and is one of 53 review groups of the Cochrane Collaboration  The aim is to produce systematic reviews of menstrual disorders and subfertility on the Cochrane Library (impact factor of 5.9 in 2014) Funding is from the New Zealand Ministry of Health as well as external funding from grant organizations. The scope of the group includes reviews of subfertility and menstrual disorders including premenstrual syndrome, menorrhagia, menopause, cycling disorders and pelvic pain. Currently we are working with nearly 800 authors in over 40 countries. We have an editorial board of 26 editors based in 9 different countries and the editorial base (3 staff) is at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee

The PMMRC was established in 2005. Cindy was the inaugural chairperson from 2005 to 2013 and have been involved in establishing the processes for national data collection across 21 District Health Boards for all perinatal and maternal deaths. Several working groups report to the PMMRC and include the Maternal Mortality Working Group, the Neonatal Encephalopathy Working Group and the Australasian Maternity Outcomes Surveillance Survey (AMOSS) Working Group who we are working jointly with to collect morbidity data. Annual reports and national and local workshops are prepared every year. . Although Cindy is no longer the chair she holds the contract with the Health Safety and Quality Commission for the National Coordination Services for the PMMRC which includes the data collection and employ 3 staff working on the data collection and production of annual reports. A number of projects are ongoing.

Clinical Studies in Gynaecology and Fertility

  • Randomised controlled trial of Intra Uterine Insemination Study commenced in early 2013. (Ongoing) (Postgraduate trainee project)
  • Randomised controlled trial of endometrial injury in women with infertility undergoing assisted reproduction (Ongoing, PhD project)
  • Body Mass Indices and Endometrial Cancer Study (BEC) study. This study is exploring the impact of body mass indices on endometrial cancer in Auckland women. Principal investigator is Dr Michelle Wise.




Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology

Masters paper in Systematic reviews

Areas of expertise

Clinical epidemiology, clinical trial design, systematic reviews, guideline development and implementation, quality improvement, fertility treatments, gynaecology.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)