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Global Eye Health

Beyond Australian and New Zealand borders, RANZCO seeks to facilitate linkages and collaboration with ophthalmic societies, INGOs and others to develop and promote professional standards in relation to the practice of eye care; to foster, develop and promote educational and training opportunities; and to build capacity for a skilled and sustainable ophthalmic workforce that meets eye care needs in the Asia-Pacific region and to assist with the provision of services. Through the RANZCO Global Eye Health Committee, we engage with national blindness prevention committees, tertiary training institutions, training hospitals, ministries of health and other local stakeholders in countries of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Australian & New Zealand Chapter of the International Society of Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgeons (ISMSICS) was launched during the RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane in October 2022. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the learning and advances in the technique of manual small incision cataract surgery for fellows and members in Australia, New Zealand and the wider Pacific islands. Read more about ISMSICS and upskilling opportunities.

Results of a survey of ‘Overseas Engagement by RANZCO membership in 2023’ by the Global Eye Health Committee:

The survey had a response rate of around 10% (139/1446).

From 2018-2023, 50% of responders participated in overseas work, but 79% plan to participate in the next five years (2023-2028).

RANZCO fellows participated in the following activities: face-to-face teaching (72%), cataract surgery (53%), other surgery (35%) outpatient services (45%) and virtual/online teaching (15%). Advocacy, policy development and research was less common, totalling less than 11%.

RANZCO members engage in the following regions:

RegionCountryMembers EngagedRegionCountryMembers Engaged
Laos3Total: 12/92
Thailand2OtherSouth Africa4
Total: 41/92Uganda1
Pacific IslandsEast Timor6Eswatini1
Papua New Guinea3Total: 13/92
Total: 26/92

ASEAN and South Pacific Islands are the most common engagement regions with Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Fiji and East Timor the most common engagement countries.

RANZCO members were involved in 34 different organisations in total. Five different organisations engaged with Cambodia, five with Fiji and four with Myanmar.

RANZCO encourages collaboration in this space to avoid duplication of activities.

Last updated: April 6, 2023

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