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RANZCO In The Limelight At APAO Congress.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which RANZCO will provide support to the APAO’s Leadership Development Program (LDP). This includes an annual grant to sustain program activities, sponsorship to experts to present workshops, and administrative and travel expense support. The agreement was signed at the APAO LDP Alumni Reception at the APAO Congress in Guangzhou, China on 3 April 2015.

RANZCO President, Dr Bradley Horsburgh and APAO President, Rajvardhan Azad signed the agreement with RANZCO CEO, Dr David Andrews also present at the signing.

The APAO Leadership Development Program commenced in 2009 to identify individuals with the potential to become leaders in ophthalmology. Supporting the APAO LDP aligns well with RANZCO’s strategy to be a leader in eye care education and professional development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Also at the APAO Congress, RANZCO Fellows Drs Neil Murray and Cathy Green received awards recognising their long-standing service to eye health in the region. Dr Murray received the Outstanding Service in Prevention of Blindness Award. Dr Murray has worked internationally in high, medium and low resource settings over the past 23 years in many Asia-Pacific countries. Through his work with the Fred Hollows Foundation and Chair of RANZCO’s International Development Committee, Dr Murray has taken opportunities to lead development of partnerships, securing of funding, strengthening of eye care education and leadership development initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been a Trustee of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) since early 2014.

Dr Green received the APAO Distinguished Service Award. Along with her career as a glaucoma specialist, she is the convenor and designer of the RANZCO Leadership Development Program, which aims to develop and enhance leadership skills for ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. She is an APAO LDP Program Director and has participated as invited faculty for leadership programs including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists of Thailand and the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr Green has provided eye care and teaching in countries such as Cambodia, Fiji, Nepal, Myanmar and Timor Leste.

The 30th APAO Congress was held in Guangzhou, China in early April with more than 5,000 attendees and nearly 1000 speakers. Australian and New Zealand Fellows were actively involved, including representation on the planning committee.


Last updated: November 29, 2018

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