Ajay Rane

Ajay Rane is a candidate for the position of FIGO Regional Trustee Asia-Oceania 2023–2025.


Townsville, Queensland



Consultant Urogynaecologist

The Townsville and Mater Hospitals

Professor, Chair and Head – Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, James Cook University

Professor – National University, Suva, Fiji


Current – Professor & Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, FIJI National University, James Cook University

Current – Board of Directors, ISGE ( International Society of Gynecological Endoscopy )

Current – Past Chair for Fistula and Genital Trauma EAG member, FIGO

2008- 2019 – Board Member, Australasian Gynaecological Endoscopy & Surgery Society

2004 -2019 – Board of Directors, Townsville Day Surgery, Australia

Current – Health Ministers Task Force on FGM, Australia

Current – Member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency committee

Current – Director Ian Donald School of O&G Ultrasound, India

2010-2014 – Board of Directors RANZCOG, Australia

1999-2001 – Member of Board of Directors, Continence Foundation of Australia

Awards and recognition

  • Gold medals in Physiology, Pathology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Preventive Medicine awarded by Poona University.
  • Dr Y M Bhende prize for Pathology.
  • Dr R H Bhadkamkar prize for Pathology.
  • Dr M Naik prize for obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Mr B Tulpule prize for Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Dr Gharpure prize for Preventive and Social Medicine.
  • Presidents’ Young Investigator Award for 2000, RANZCOG, Cairns, June 2000
  • Images Master’s Award 2006
  • Health Innovators Award 2011 – Queensland Health
  • Paul Harris Fellowship – Rotary – 2011
  • GOPIO award 2014 – New York
  • Citizen of the year 2014
  • Australian of the year 2012 Finalist
  • Order of Australia 2013 – Queens Honour
  • Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award 2016
  • Garje Marathi Award– selected as 33 most influential Marathis in world education 2017 
  • Pride of Australia Winner – 2019
  • Queensland Great 2021
  • Public Service Medal ( PSM ) 2022- Queens Honour
  • Prof Kutti Lifetime Achievement Award – FOGSI, 2023
  • Felicatation by Hon Nitin Gadkari at VishwaBharat Marathi meet for being Team member of Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2018 Dr Denis Mukwege - 2023

He has written more than 150 peer reviewed papers and 160 non-peer reviewed papers. He has written 6 books and numerous chapters.  He is a Reviewer for International Urogynaecology Journal, ANZJOG, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.  He has been MRANZCOG examiner, Treasurer for RANZCOG, Chairman of Basic Surgical Skills Committee and member of Provincial Fellows Committee and Research Committee of the College and College Vice President.  

Philanthropic work


Chair, Fistula and Genital Trauma Committee

Training of 102 surgeons in Africa and Asia with oversight of EAG group. 10,000+ surgeries performed by the group since 2012. 

ABC National news – 2 regional specialists from Townsville and Gosford make global eradication of Fistula by 2030 possible

Education and Eradication of Female Genital Mutilation Program run by FIGO brought legislation changes in Australia and Ethiopia. Set up the North Queensland FGM awareness program for midwives and doctors.

Dr Paula Rane Fistula Ward : Kasturba Gandhi Hospital, Chennai

First Fistula management ward in a government hospital – started 2004 continues to serve the poor and needy to date Trained 30 doctors in Chennai, 400 in India.Fully funded by Rane Family. Managed more than 4000 patients. Set up state of the art operating theatre and ward.

Fiji, Papua New Guinea ( Pacific Dream )

Visiting Professor Fiji National University

Set up a Pelvic Reconstructive unit in Lautoka Hospital. Regular training for local doctors and exchange students with James Cook University. Examiner and trainer for MMed program for more than 15 years in Fiji, setting up of Pacific surgeons WhatsApp group for mentoring 24/7. Trained more than 42 specialists in Fiji. Regular visiting surgeon to Port Moresby Hospital for complex pelvic floor patients. Set up the Pacific Dream program. Regular trainer and examiner for the MMEd program for UPNG.

Riwayat – The Movie

A Bollywood film to increase awareness about female foetecide and infanticide. Helped reduce the rates of this gory practice in India.

  • Winner Special Jury Award Monaco Film Festival 2010
  • 12 Nominations Maverick Movie Awards USA 2010

This got laws of gender diagnosis changed in India

Dignity Sanitation

A project to provide covered “shelter” for toileting to prevent women from getting raped in rural areas in Telangana state – 25,000 such units prepared

Flourishing women

in 2018 we set up an ACNC registered charity with three directors and 5 members. The purpose of the charity is to have a local and global focus regarding pelvic floor disorders and childbirth. We are mainly involved in education and training globally and locally more focused on providing help out west ( Mt Isa, Longreach and its environs and Hervey Bay ).The charity was inaugurated by Professor Denis Mukwege- Nobel Peace Laureate 2018-2019 and the only gynaecologist to ever receive a Nobel Prize. It was a National first to have Denis with us. Our charity now funds the PhD of Dr Kenny Raha who is Dr Mukege’s second in command. We raised 110,000 dollars in one night.Our charity focusses on prevention and treatment of Gender Based Genital violence globally – Congo, Syria, Afghanisthan, India, Bangladesh and others.Recently also Ukraine. We have set up clinics for victims of gang rape and genital trauma since 2016. Our team has treated 56,000 plus women to date.