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RANZCO Guidelines for Teaching in Developing Countries updated

In recent weeks, RANZCO has released updated versions of a number of its international development guidelines. Today, RANZCO is releasing its updated Guidelines for Teaching in Developing Countries According to Good Development Practice.

As part of RANZCO ongoing commitment to support the development of ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region, RANZCO develops and regularly updates a number of different documents which guide good practice for RANZCO Fellows who are involved with international ophthalmology development projects.

RANZCO’s Guidelines for Teaching in Developing Countries According to Good Development Practice outline RANZCO’s development approach in the context of teaching and assisting in the development of local ophthalmology workforce. RANZCO’s guidelines are in line with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade Aid Programme, as well as with international development standards as outlined by the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals. RANZCO’s particular approach to ophthalmology teaching and development follows International ophthalmology standards as outlined by the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, Vision 2020, and the International Council of Ophthalmology, and follows relevant up-to-date academic literature.

The updated guidelines include a checklist for the assessment of the teaching content of assignments offered to developed-country ophthalmologists who wish to contribute to international ophthalmology/blindness prevention activities in developing countries (pages 3-4). The checklist covers all aspects of teaching ophthalmology in a development context, including recognised role of local health practitioners, commitment to post-training development activities, requirements for a formalised curriculum, language of training, and appropriate briefing at the end of an assignment.

Further international development guidelines have been reviewed and updated and will be released via the RANZCO website over the coming weeks. All development guidelines are available in the Policies section of the RANZCO website here.

For any information regarding RANZCO international development programs and guidelines, please email

RANZCO Policy and Programs team

Last updated: November 27, 2018

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