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RANZCO development guidelines updated

In recent years, RANZCO has steadily increased its involvement with international ophthalmology development projects, especially in our neighbouring regions of South-East Asia and the Pacific.

As part of this increased involvement, RANZCO has developed a number of guidelines and policies that govern all aspects of involvement of RANZCO Fellows and staff in international development projects. These guidelines have now been reviewed and updated, and will be gradually uploaded to the RANZCO website in the upcoming weeks. All development guidelines are available in the RANZCO Policies portal.

It is only fitting that the first updated guideline to be released today is RANZCO’s Contributing to International Ophthalmology Development guideline. This guideline sets out some of the basic conditions that any Fellow who is considering becoming involved with international ophthalmology development should consider.

In particular, this document offers a tool to help Fellows assess possible involvement in international projects. The detailed checklist (pages 4-11) sets out a comprehensive list of particular aspects of international projects which should be taken into consideration. These development practices are based on best-practice approaches for international development, and are compatible with existing Australian and New Zealand aid frameworks. The list covers a varied list of topics, covering the organisation itself (part A), the proposed project (part B), and the proposed assignments (part C).

RANZCO strongly encourages Fellows who consider involvement with international programs to utilise these guidelines, and in particular the checklist, to better assess proposed projects and their projected impact.

Further international development guidelines have been reviewed and updated, and will be released via the RANZCO website over the coming weeks.

For any information regarding RANZCO international development programs and international development guidelines, please contact Gail Van Heerden.

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Last updated: November 29, 2018

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