The Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS) is the body that represents glaucoma specialists in Australia and New Zealand. Its membership includes academic and non-academic ophthalmologists and is a regional member of the World Glaucoma Association. The group was formed in 1988 as the Glaucoma Club, founded by Dr William (Bill) Gillies. The club became the Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Interest Group (ANZGIG) in 2006. At the 2017 Annual General Meeting held on 4 February in Brisbane, it was decided for ANZGIG to become a society therefore now named The Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS).
The ANZGS’ focuses on disseminating glaucoma research. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is estimated that 4.5 million people globally are blind due to glaucoma and that this number will rise to 11.2 million by 2020.
At the 8th World Glaucoma Congress held on 27-30 March 2019, invited Gillies lecturer Prof Ravi Thomas was awarded the Gillies Lecture Medal.
Dr Jeffrey Goldberg, Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the Byers Eye Institute at Stanford University, was awarded the Lowe Lecture medal at the 2021 ANZGS conference.
ANZGS is a special interest group of RANZCO initially operated through the Annual Scientific Congresses of the College.
Last updated: March 24, 2021