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The Australian and New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF) was established in 2018 as a new internal RANZCO committee dedicated to raising funds for important education and research projects across Australia, New Zealand and developing countries. ANZEF was set up to replace the charitable functions of the Eye Surgeons’ Foundation which ceased operations in 2017. Through its fundraising efforts, ANZEF’s aims are to facilitate the distribution of donations for innovative research into eye disease, improve the lives of people who need eye care, and help prevent avoidable blindness in the Asia Pacific region through education and advocacy.

The ANZEF Committee currently consists of the CEO of RANZCO (ex officio); four RANZCO Fellows (Drs John Kennedy, Stephen Best, Clare Fraser and Eline Whist), and assisting RANZCO staff from the Membership Services and Communications team. The inaugural Chair of ANZEF is Dr John Kennedy.

The Foundation accepts donations from Australian RANZCO members directly, or from New Zealand members through the NZ Branch, as well as public donations. Additionally, bequests can be accepted from RANZCO members and the general public.

Every July, ANZEF holds its annual national eye health awareness month – JulEye.

For more information about ANZEF, please refer to the ANZEF FAQs or email us at

If you would like to make a bequest, please contact RANZCO CEO, Dr David Andrews, on 02 9690 1001 to discuss it personally.

Last updated: December 28, 2020

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