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RANZCO College Awards and Honours

RANZCO accepts nominations for awards and honours from Fellows. This is your opportunity to recognise and thank those who have demonstrated outstanding support and contribution.

Nominators and successful nominees will be advised of the outcome of the nomination as soon as practicable and will be honoured at RANZCO’s Annual Congress.

For any queries or application submission, please email to: ranzco@ranzco.edu

Please refrain from stipulating the type or level of award you think the nominee should be considered for. This process is coordinated and overseen by the Awards Committee to ensure consistency and that all nominations are treated equally. Remember that you can discuss your nomination with your local Branch executive, and this is generally a good first step.

Any nominations received before August will be reviewed with a view to presenting the award, if granted, at that year’s Congress. Any nominations received after August will be considered for presentation at the following year’s Congress.

The Awards Committee reminds that rather than wait for Fellows to achieve the type of excellence associated with the College Medal, they can put forward Fellows who might be deserving of other categories of awards. It’s important to foster and recognise the contributions of all Fellows, especially younger Fellows or those starting to make their mark.

The College grants awards on a state and federal level, these include:

Honorary Fellowship

For other than Fellows in recognition of their outstanding contribution and/or distinguished and eminent service to ophthalmology beyond the expectations of the person’s particular responsibilities.

College Medal

Recognition of their outstanding service to the College and the substantial and influential contribution the award recipient has made to the College.

Criteria: Must have a direct link with the College as either a member of the College, or has made an outstanding contribution to the College.

Distinguished Service Medal

Contributions to the College, ophthalmology or community that exhibit such exceptional devotion of time, effort, thought and action as to set them apart from other contributions.

Criteria: For this award, it is not necessary to have a direct link with the College as either a member of the College.

Branch Meritorious Service Award

The Meritorious Service Award is given to individuals for outstanding service deserving of national level recognition. Nominees should be individuals who have demonstrated evidence of significant services publicly, academically, voluntarily or philanthropically; have provided services to the College/ophthalmology/community; have longevity of commitment and/or service; and/or diversity — culturally and/or discipline.

Criteria: Must have direct link with the College either as a member of the College, or has made an outstanding contribution to the College.

Service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, New Zealand Māori and Pacific Islander Peoples Award

Recognition of their outstanding service to the College, ophthalmology or community in areas of Indigenous eye care, in either Australia or New Zealand only, or recognition of the mentoring of Indigenous doctors or medical students.

Criteria: Must have a direct link to the College either as a member of the College or has made an outstanding contribution to the College. The award nominations will initially be assessed by the RANZCO Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee or Māori Pasifika Health Committee.

Service to International Development Award

Recognition of their outstanding service to the College, ophthalmology or community in areas of international development in relation to eye care, excluding Australia or New Zealand, but with a focus on the Asian and Pacific regions.

Criteria: Must have a direct link to the College either as a member of the College or has made an outstanding contribution to the College. The award nomination will initially be assessed by the RANZCo International Development Committee.

Certificate of Appreciation

Any services or act of a responsible kind which stands as an example to others or warrants recognition.

Criteria: Must have a direct link with the College either as a member of the College, or has made an outstanding contribution to the College. The service or act must be clearly identified in nomination.

Last updated: January 13, 2021

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