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notice of changes

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is undertaking a comprehensive review of its selection policies, tools, and processes. This will involve centralising some of the processes across Australia and New Zealand and will also include a review of the weightings for criteria on CVs and the introduction of new selection tools. As part of this project, Situational Judgement Tests (SJTs) were piloted in 2018 for validation purposes of the tool and were not used in selection decisions.

Registration for selection into the RANZCO Vocational Training Program (VTP) commencing in December 2019 (New Zealand) and February 2020 (Australia) will open on 1 February 2019. Further information will be provided from December 2018.

general information

Medical practitioners are eligible to register for selection if they meet all RANZCO prerequisites:

  1. Medical degree with full registration to practise medicine in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of applying.

  2. Citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand at the time of application.

  3. Completion of a minimum of two years (including the intern year) post graduate pre-vocational experience at the commencement of your ophthalmology training. The requirements are that you should have a broad experience across a range of non ophthalmic medical, surgical and clinical settings with a minimum of 21 months in such posts.

Guide to the Annual Selection of Basic Trainees

2018 Sample Registration Form

2018 Ophthalmic Sciences and OBCK Examinations Timetable

Situational Judgement Test Pilot 2018 - Frequently Asked Questions

2018 timeline

Stage 1

Eligible applicants register on the RANZCO website. RANZCO notifies applicants if registration is approved.

Opens: 1 March 2018 (5:00 pm AEDT)
Closes:
30 April 2018 (5:00 pm AEST)

Stage 2

RANZCO notifies referees and provides the link to the online reference form. Referees complete and submit the form to RANZCO by closing date.

Opens: 4 May 2018                        Closes: 1 June 2018 (11:59 pm AEST)

Stage 3

NSW, QLD, and VIC applicants submit employment applications on the training networks' websites (e.g. NSW Health, QLD Health, RVEEH). Training networks notify applicants if application received.

Applicants must check the campaign dates of the relevant training network.

Stage 4

Training networks notify shortlisted applicants then conduct interviews. Training networks submit their rankings to RANZCO for the NOMP.

Queensland - 31 July; New South Wales - 4 August; Victoria - 6 August; South Australia - 9 August; Western Australia - 13 August; and New Zealand - 14 August.

Stage 5

RANZCO emails the link to the online training network preference form. Applicants complete the form by closing date.

Opens: 1 August 2018                 Closes: 22 August 2018 (5:00 pm AEST)

Stage 6

National Ophthalmology Matching Program completed by NOMP Coordinator. RANZCO notifies the Selection Committee and QEC Chairpersons of the results.

24 August 2018

Stage 7

Training networks make offer of employment to the matched applicants then inform RANZCO of acceptance of offers.

September-October 2018

training Networks

RANZCO currently provides the following weightings guide to the selection committees.

 Key Roles

Suggested range (%) 

New Zealand  Victoria 

South Australia

Queensland

 Medical Expert

30-50  34  30  42   40

 Communicator

10-20  14   10  15 15

 Collaborator

10-20  12   7.5 10  15

 Manager

0-5   7.5  0  5

 Health advocate

0-5   10  3  5

 Scholar

 10-20  15  25  15  10

 Professional

 13-20 17   10  15 10

New South Wales (NSW)

The interviews for the NSW Training Network will be conducted on 4 August 2018 in Sydney. A separate employment application is required by NSW Health. For more information on employment application, please visit the NSW Health website.

1. Scholar (20%) 

2. Clinical (40%)

3. Non-Clinical (40%)

4. CV, interview and referee checks.

VICTORIA (VIC)

The Victorian program is based at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH), with rotations to peripheral general hospitals co-ordinated by administration at RVEEH. Victoria is able to provide a comprehensive exposure to all areas of clinical ophthalmology over the four years of the VTP, and is able to offer sub-specialty fellowship or senior registrar positions to suitable candidates in 5th year. 

2019 Guide for Applicants to the VIC Network

2018 Feedback for Applicants to the VIC Network

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Submission of expression of interest will open on 21 May 2018 and will close on 1 June 2018. The interviews for the Victoria Training Network will be held on 6 August 2018 in Melbourne. Please visit the RVEEH website for more information as it becomes available regarding the required employment application. 

QUEENSLAND (QLD)

The interviews for the Queensland Training Network will be on 31 July 2018 in Brisbane. A separate employment application is required by QLD Health. For more information on employment application, please visit the QLD Health website

SOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)

The interviews for the South Australia Training Network will be on 9 August 2018 in Adelaide. You will be required when completing your RANZCO online registration form to select the training networks to which you wish to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). EOIs for the South Australia Training Network will close on 30 April 2018. No other employment application is required for South Australia. For more information on employment application, please visit the SA Health website.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)

The interviews for the Western Australia Training Network will be on 13 August 2018 in Perth. You will be required when completing your RANZCO online registration form to select the training networks to which you intend applying to. This action submits an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the network/s. EOIs for the Western Australia Network will close on 30 April 2018. No further employment application will be required for the WA Training Network, as your EOI submission will be adequate for this purpose also. For more information on employment application, please visit the WA Health website.

1. Meeting the College requirements to apply for the VTP

2. General medical and surgical terms (10%)

3. Publications ophthalmic and non-ophthalmic (10-15 %)

4. Presentations and posters at meetings and conferences (10-15%)

5. Research (10-15%)

6. Postgraduate degrees (5-10%)

7. Prior ophthalmic experience (20-30%)

8. Interview performance (15-20%)

NEW ZEALAND

The New Zealand training network is a nationwide network. Posts are in five main centres of Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton, and Auckland. Five provincial centres also have training posts: Rotorua, Tauranga, Nelson, Hawkes Bay, and Palmerston North.

During the first four years of the VTP, Trainees will be placed at two different main centres and at least one provincial centre, not necessarily in the same island. This will expose them to a comprehensive ophthalmology experience to prepare them to be a consultant in New Zealand.

The VTP is partially funded by Health Workforce New Zealand for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents which affects the employing hospitals. However, there are fifth year training posts which are open to all RANZCO Trainees.

 

 

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Interviews are expected to be held by the New Zealand Training Network Selection Committee on 14 August 2018. You will be required when completing your RANZCO online registration form to select the training networks to which you intend applying to. This action submits an Expression of Interest to the network/s. Expressions of interests for the New Zealand Training Network will close on 30 April 2018.

All enquiries regarding selection should be directed to selection@ranzco.edu. Please allow at least one business day for a response. 

Last updated: 4 September 2018