RANZCO Leadership Development Program

LDP Council Meeting 2018.JPG2018-19 Leadership Development Program participants with LDP faculty at the 2018 Council Meeting in Sydney


The RANZCO Leadership Development Program (LDP) was established in 2012 as part of RANZCO’s charter to foster leadership and advocacy skills in its Fellows.

RANZCO’s LDP provides participants with a number of exciting learning opportunities to develop their leadership and management skills. The program includes an introductory session observing RANZCO’s Council at work; completion of a self-directed project; participation in RANZCO’s interactive three-day Leadership Masterclass; and presenting at RANZCO’s Annual Scientific Congress.

The program was designed to support ophthalmologists who work for the greater good of the community and ophthalmology as a profession, and to develop the future leaders of ophthalmology in Australia and New Zealand. It covers key leadership areas including strategy development, communication and negotiation skills, media and advocacy skills, strategic thinking and successful change management. Participants develop an understanding of organisational systems and processes; prepare for challenges in the profession and the health system in general; and learn to facilitate constructive interactions with a wide range of stakeholders.

Upon completion of the Program, participants are awarded with a Certificate of Graduation by the RANZCO President. Since 2012, 24 Fellows have successfully completed RANZCO’s LDP. Many have assumed leadership positions within the College and in the communities they work in.

The RANZCO LDP has strong participation from the RANZCO Board and is overseen by the Leadership Development Committee, Catherine Green, David Mackey, Christine Younan, Shenton Chew and Stephanie Watson and managed by the General Manager Policy and Programs, Gerhard Schlenther. 

The RANZCO Leadership Development Program is proud to feature RANZCO LDP Alumni and their comments

What are the intended Program outcomes?

  • Enhanced pool of leaders who can contribute to strategic initiatives of the College and participate in its structures including the Board, Council, committees and special interest groups (SIG's).
  • Promotion and effective communication of issues in Ophthalmology.   
  • Development of self-aware leaders who can question their own and others' assumptions in a collaborative leadership setting.
  • Showcasing leadership participant's projects at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Basis for Selection to RANZCO LDP

Fellows who apply should demonstrate contributions in either patient care enhancement, training and education, research and development, or community work, and state how their participation would benefit the profession.

Branch and/or Special Interest Group (SIG) endorsement of candidates is essential and applicants are required to make the case for their application to a relevant SIG or Branch for consideration. In addition, Branches and SIGs are required to fund the travel and accommodation costs of Applicants.

Selection panel

The selection panel for candidates of the LDP comprises of the RANZCO President, RANZCO CEO and the Leadership Development Committee.