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Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society


2019 Gillies lecturer, Professor Ravi Thomas with Anne Brooks

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 it 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: The Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS).

ANZGS’s focus is on disseminating glaucoma research. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is estimated that 4.5 million persons 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 Professor Ravi Thomas was awarded the Gillies Lecture medal.

ANZGS is a special interest group of RANZCO and initially operated through the Annual Scientific Congresses of the College.

ANZGS Scientific Meeting

Last updated: August 26, 2019

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