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The Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists (ANZSRS) was formed in 2005 and is a subspecialty interest group of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).
ANZSRS has two membership categories:
• Members must be fellowship-trained retina specialists (similar to ASRS membership requirements) who are RANZCO Fellows.
• Associate Membership is open to any practicing RANZCO Fellow with an interest in retinal disease.
There are currently 330 members: 191 retina specialists and 139 associate members. Fifty-five percent of the retina specialists practice medical retina plus vitreoretinal surgery and 45% practice only medical retina.
ANZSRS is a forum for communication, education; and research; it also provides RANZCO with expert advice regarding vitreoretinal practice. The Society holds two scientific meetings each year.The main 2-day conference is held mid-year and focuses on major areas of medical and surgical retinal practice, uveitis, and ocular oncology. There is an emphasis on audience participation and panel discussions focused on challenging cases in everyday retina practice. In 2018 the conference was held in Melbourne from 26-27 May and was attended by over 250 delegates. The 2019 meeting will be held in Sydney from 1-2 June.
A half-day satellite meeting is held on the day prior to the annual RANZCO Scientific Congress in November—this is a retinal update for general ophthalmologists, and usually attracts 250+ attendees.
ANZSRS Chair: Jennifer Arnold
ANZSRS Committee: Rachel Barnes