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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. This includes maintaining a Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  system, a Vocational Training Program (VTP), organising scientific congresses and meetings, and much more.

Our mission is to drive improvements in eye healthcare in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region through continuing exceptional training, education, research and advocacy.

Underpinning all our work is a commitment to:

Best Patient Outcomes: aiming to ensure equitable access to the highest quality eye health for all.
Education and Training: providing contemporary education, training and continuing professional development (CPD).
Evidence-based Decision Making: using research to underpin improvements in education, training and eye health care.
Collaboration: working with others involved in the delivery of eye health care nationally and internationally.
Collegiality: supporting trainees and Fellows through all stages of their career.

As such, we are responsible for training, examining and representing ophthalmologists of the highest order. This includes maintaining a CPD system, organising scientific congresses, and much more.

RANZCO has a three-year Strategic Plan 2017–2020, setting the direction for growth and improvement to achieve our mission.

RANZCO as a Higher Education Institution

RANZCO is accredited as a Specialist Medical College by the Australian Medical Council (AMC) and the Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). The AMC collaborates with the MCNZ to develop standards for medical education and training in all phases of medical education. In its accreditation processes, it assesses education providers and their medical programs against these standards.

RANZCO submits annual reports to the AMC and the MCNZ who monitor the College Vocational Training Program (VTP) and Continuing Professional Development Program (CPD) as required by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to ensure these programs continue to meet the approved accreditation standards.

The RANZCO Vocational Training Program is a five-year training program upon completion of which graduates are eligible to be admitted as Fellows of the College (FRANZCO).

Learn more about becoming a Fellow.

RANZCO as a Learned Society

RANZCO supports the leadership role of ophthalmologists in influencing the factors that impact the eye health and wellbeing of patients, the broader community and the healthcare they receive. Advocacy activities are focussed on the improvement of the quality and safety of care for patients, and promoting eye healthcare in the community.

RANZCO and its membership work hard to improve eye care in Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, we seek to reduce avoidable blindness in the Asia-Pacific through the education and improvement of local training institutions that will, in turn, improve the eye health workforce through increased knowledge and expertise.

We work in collaboration with other stakeholders to ensure projects are sustainable and accessible to everyone, thereby seeking to contribute to the alleviation of poverty, improving gender equality, creating education opportunities and empowering local communities.

Australian Council for International Development

RANZCO is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the peak Council for Australian not-for-profit aid and development organisations, and is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability and financial management.

More information on the Code, including how to make a complaint, can be obtained from ACFID or emailing

RANZCO also has its own process for handling complaints which can be activated by emailing the CEO at

ACNC Registered Charity Tick

RANZCO is registered with the Australian Charity and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a charity. The ACNC has a function of improving public understanding of the work of charities and the not-for-profit sector in general. The Registered Charity Tick is intended to help the public instantly identify a registered charity, and encourage them to visit the Charity Register listing.

Last updated: July 14, 2020

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respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Gadigal people
of the Eora Nation are the traditional custodians of the land
where the RANZCO head office is located.

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RANZCO is a member of The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and is compliant with the ACFID code of conduct.