Dr Michelle R Wise



Dr Michelle Wise is the Deputy Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Auckland, and a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Auckland District Health Board. Dr Wise is leading a national research trial on induction of labour (www.oblige.auckland.ac.nz), and recently chaired the development of a clinical practice guideline on induction of labour in New Zealand. She has almost 50 peer-reviewed publications and has secured several external research grants. She lectures year 3, 4 and 5 MBChB medical students in women’s health, and is the Course Coordinator for the Year 6 students in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. She regularly supervises student research projects, both summer studentships and research electives, and teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Obstetrics and Medical Gynaecology. Her professional interests include quality improvement (in partnership with the School of Public Health), clinical guidelines, and clinical governance, all with a focus on multi-disciplinary collaboration. Dr Wise has several national leadership roles and is often invited to speak at local and national workshops and conferences. Recently, she has been a media spokesperson for RANZCOG, educating the public about Covid-19 and pregnancy.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Magdalena Bofill, PhD candidate, Implementation of evidence for treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding in New Zealand


Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2003)

Fellow, Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (2012)

Winner, Excellence in Research, Health Excellence Awards, Auckland District Health Board (2016)

Teaching award for 'excellence deserving recognition for their efforts and influence on the teaching of medical students,' Auckland University Medical Students Association

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Panel expert, Ministry of Health review and update of national maternity guidelines

Chair, inaugural New Zealand Obstetrics and Gynaecology Covid-19 Network

Chair, Abortion Providers Group of Aotearoa New Zealand

Chair, New Zealand Obstetrics and Gynaecology Undergraduate Curriculum Steering Group

Phase 3 Coordinator for Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MBChB medical programme directorate

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Wise, M. R. (2019). Induction of Labour in Aotearoa New Zealand A clinical practice guideline, 2019. Related URL.
  • Trollope, H., Leung, J. P. Y., Wise, M., Farquhar, C., & Sadler, L. (2018). An evaluation of the objective quality and perceived usefulness of maternity clinical practice guidelines at a tertiary maternity unit. The Australian & New Zealand journal of obstetrics & gynaecology, 58 (6), 660-666. 10.1111/ajo.12789
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Cindy Farquhar, Lynn Sadler
  • Sadler, L. C., McAra-Couper, J., Pittam, D., Wise, M. R., & Thompson, J. M. D. (2018). Risk of perinatal mortality in the first year of midwifery practice in New Zealand: analysis of a retrospective national cohort. BMJ open, 8 (4)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019026
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Thompson, Lynn Sadler
  • McDonald, A. C., Wise, M. R., & Thompson, J. M. (2018). Effect of excessive gestational weight gain on trial of labour after caesarean: A retrospective cohort study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 58 (1), 64-71. 10.1111/ajo.12664
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Thompson
  • Wise, M., Kool, B., Sadler, L., Peiris-John, R., Robb, G., & Wells, S. (2017). Teaching quality improvement to medical students: over a decade of experience. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1466), 45-52. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bridget Kool, Roshini Peiris-John, Susan Wells, Lynn Sadler
  • Payne, O., Pillai, A., Wise, M., & Stone, P. (2017). Inequity in timing of prenatal screening in New Zealand: Who are our most vulnerable?. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 57 (6), 609-616. 10.1111/ajo.12649
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38904
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Avinesh Pillai
  • Chen, I., Wise, M. R., Dunn, S., Anderson, G., Degani, N., Lefebvre, G., & Bierman, A. S. (2017). Social and Geographic Determinants of Hysterectomy in Ontario: A Population-Based Retrospective Cross-Sectional Analysis. Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada : JOGC = Journal d'obstetrique et gynecologie du Canada : JOGC, 39 (10), 861-869. 10.1016/j.jogc.2017.03.109
  • Peters, S., Wise, M., & Buckley, B. (2017). An unexpected complication following uterine artery embolisation. BMJ case reports, 2017.10.1136/bcr-2016-217238

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 1, Room 1038
New Zealand

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