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NOTE: Surveys are sorted by closing date. A list of open surveys will be included in the RANZCO fortnightly e-news.

RANZCO reserves the right to not publish any surveys submitted.

If you would like to promote your survey via RANZCO, please provide the following details to ranzco@ranzco.edu for review:

  • Summary, including target participants (i.e. RANZCO Fellows) and purpose of survey/study.
  • Survey link.
  • Whether survey respondents will be kept anonymous or identified.
  • When and how results will be published.
  • Closing date.
  • Ethics approval.
  • Contact details of primary researcher/s for further enquiries.
New Zealand Cataract and Refractive Survey 2024

All Kiwi fellows are invited to partake in the 4th NZ cataract survey. It is a decade since the last and your colleagues feel it is time for an update – lets see what everyone else is doing and how your practice fits in? We appreciate that these surveys take up your precious time but cataract surgery is such an integral part of what we do that we hope you will partake and share with us so we can share the findings with you. Total anonymity assured.

Many thanks indeed from the Survey team and especially big thanks if you have already completed it at NZ branch meeting.

If you have any questions about this survey, contact Graham Wilson at graham@kiwieye.co.nz

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Experiences of medical practitioners with Electronic Health Records (EHRS)

Researchers from The University of Sydney have been working on a new research project exploring the experiences of medical practitioners with electronic health records (EHRs) for the purpose of professional learning and performance reflection. We are recruiting health professionals to participate in interviews about how they currently use EHRs to support their practice, how they currently receive feedback on their performance and how the design of EHRs can be utilised to support reflective practice. The interview will be conducted via the Microsoft Teams or Zoom videoconferencing platform and take approximately 45 minutes.

The participant information sheet, which outlines the details of the study and allows you to express your interested in participating, can be found here.

If you have any questions about the study, please email: anna.janssen@sydney.edu.au

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the University of Sydney, protocol number: 2024/253.

RANZCO Fellows: Participation will count for 1 CPD hour under Reviewing Performance. Please use the CPD activity ‘Patient/Practice/RANZCO Survey’.

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COVID-19 impact on Australian Ophthalmologists

COVID-19 was a source of great disruption to ophthalmologists in Victoria, and while things have improved, many of us will see another pandemic in our working lives. This means that now is the perfect time to reflect on COVID-19 practices and plan a better pandemic response.

Second year trainee Dr Zelia Chiu and Prof Penny Allen have created a short (less than 2 minute) survey with 8 questions designed to understand your experiences with COVID-19.

They hypothesise that if adequate PPE was used, more ophthalmologists contracted COVID from outside work than at work, meaning many of the disruptions to clinical and surgical work were not required.

They aim to publish these results formally to provide a basis for future planning.

If you have any questions about this survey, contact Zelia Chiu at zelia.k19@gmail.com

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Healthcare Automation Study

Would you like to influence the future of healthcare?

Have you used clinical decision support tools/healthcare automation tools/artificial intelligence tools/generative AI in the practice of
healthcare? If so, we would like to hear about your experiences to help inform the sector.

Researchers at Swinburne University are studying experiences of healthcare delivery using automated tools and their impact on healthcare relationships.

They are looking for health professionals who have experience using or have explored using automated tools for healthcare delivery.

Participation involves a confidential audio recorded interview of about one hour conducted via Zoom.

Your participation may:

  • Provide professional development through an opportunity to reflect on your
    practice
  • Contribute to a study that could shape the future of healthcare
  • Networking opportunities – a summary event will be held

Please see the Participant information and Consent form with further information about the study.

To volunteer to take part, please fill out the short survey form. Contact Frances Shaw on fshaw@swin.edu.au with questions or for more
information.

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ANZ Survey of Practice Patterns in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG)

Calling all ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand: Join the ANZ Survey of Practice Patterns in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) and help provide a real clinical cross-section of glaucoma care in ANZ. Your professional experience is invaluable in advancing how we understand and tackle POAG.

Why Your Voice Matters:

  • Inform Best Practices: Your experience will offer a fresh perspective on POAG practices, shaping the first comprehensive review in nearly two decades.
  • Shareable Knowledge: Your input will lead to shared insights, inspiring comprehensive advancements in care.

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Top 10 research priorities for Inherited Retinal Diseases

UNSW Sydney and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network – Randwick are working with James Lind Alliance to identify the research priorities for Inherited Retinal Diseases. The second survey of their Vision Loss Priority Setting Partnership is now live.

Recap
Last year, Survey 1 had patients (16+ years old), caregivers/family members and health professionals share their unanswered questions. From this, 71 participants submit over 200 questions. The researchers have collated these into around 40 final questions.

Survey 2 is now live
Survey 2 invites patients (16+ years old), caregivers/family members and health professionals to choose the questions that they consider most important to be answered. The findings from Survey 2 will be used in the workshops to finalise the top 10 research priorities for Inherited Retinal Diseases.

The survey will stay open until mid-May (but may be extended).

This study has been approved by the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) HREC (approval number: 2023/ETH01514).

If you have any questions about this survey, contact visionlossPSP@unsw.edu.au

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CERA - Keratoconus Diagnosis and Management

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) is currently conducting a survey regarding clinicians’ perspectives on the diagnosis and management of Keratoconus and are trying to gain responses from ophthalmologists across Australia.

Ethics approval from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee (Project No. 10/954H)

Contact: Dr Srujana Sahebjada srujana.sahebjada@unimelb.edu.au

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US NIH Funded Survey

Understanding the tools and resources related to genomic knowledge professionals use in routine work

You are invited to participate in a survey being conducted by the University of North Carolina to help understand the tools and resources related to genetics that you and other professionals currently use. You will also be asked some questions about whether you are familiar with or use of ClinGen products. ClinGen is a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded initiative to build a resource that defines the clinical relevance of genes and variants for use in precision medicine and research.

Contact: Margaret Waltz at margaret_waltz@med.unc.edu

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Study: Prevalence of patients with any eye complications from cosmetic fillers

In 2018, Angelo Tsirbas sought to understand the prevalence of patients with any eye complications from cosmetic fillers. He is repeating the exercise in 2023.

If you have you seen any patients with any eye complications from cosmetic fillers including:

  • Iatrogenic vascular occlusion of the Ophthalmic artery or retinal circulation
  • diplopia
  • orbital swelling
  • allergy reactions
  • ocular inflammation

Please email ranzco@ranzco.edu

Based on the responses, Dr Tsirbas will contact you directly to discuss the cases.

Musculoskeletal Problems in Ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand

RANZCO Fellows and trainees are invited to participate in a study focusing on Australia and New Zealand ophthalmologists’ experiences of occupational related musculoskeletal pain and injury.

This study is being facilitated by Dr Adam Gartner and Dr Malcolm McKellar and has been approved by the RANZCO Ethics Committee.

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Barriers to accessible imaging in ophthalmology: a qualitative pilot study of ophthalmology care provider perspectives

RANZCO Fellows, trainees and associates are invited to contribute to a pilot study conducted by Queensland Eye Institute regarding “Barriers to accessible imaging in ophthalmology: a qualitative pilot study of ophthalmology care provider perspectives”.

This study aims to analyze the perspectives of ophthalmology care providers on the perceived barriers to uptake of accessible ophthalmic imaging devices and what device features they find beneficial for accessibility. The target participants of this study are ophthalmologists, RANZCO trainees, optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmic nurses and clinical assistants within the ophthalmology field who interact with imaging devices and the resultant data.

The broader issue this study aims to investigate is the lack of accessible imaging options for individuals who struggle with traditional tabletop imaging devices. This population includes those with spinal mobility impairments, tremors, those who use large mobility aids such as wheelchairs, or those who are restricted to a supine position. Many of these patients report difficulty in aligning their eyes with the machines or keeping still enough during scan acquisition. There are a number of handheld or headset-based adaptations of these scanners that could occasionally supplement traditional table-top scanners to address some of these concerns. However, the uptake of these devices appears low within ophthalmology settings. The results of this study will ideally be used to inform relevant stakeholders of the characteristics of this issue, address the lack of uptake of more accessible devices, and encourage thoughtful consideration of accessibility features in the design of future ophthalmic imaging devices.

Responses to this study will be collected up until August 2024, with the possibility of extending this deadline as needed. Individuals responding to this study will remain anonymous. This study has received ethics approval from the RANZCO Human Research Ethics Committee (Human Research Ethics Reference number: RANZCO 153.23).

The results of this study are intended to be published in the Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology journal after the conclusion of the study period, with final texts due to be submitted for publication ideally by late 2024.

Any enquiries can be directed to the clinical investigator for this study: Julia Yamazaki (Julia.yamazaki@qei.org.au).

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Clinical management and genetic testing for patients with inherited retinal diseases

ANZSRS members are invited to participate in this survey, aiming for ophthalmologists to reflect on current practices relating to diagnosing and managing patients with inherited retinal disease (including genetic testing) and access the most recent clinical guidelines available.

The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, has been approved by RANZCO CPD and points have been allocated.

Human Research Ethics Reference number RANZCO 135.22

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Use of online communities by healthcare professionals

Dr Krestina Amon, a researcher in the theme of Biomedical Informatics and Digital Health in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney in NSW and Dr Rowena Forsyth are conducting a research study on the use of online communities by healthcare professionals.

They are interested in understanding the way health professionals use online networks and platforms to engage with other health professionals. If you participate in online communities (including professional networking and social media platforms) we’d be interested to hear your experiences by completing a short survey (approx. 15 mins) and the option to participate in an interview.

Human Research Ethics Committee approval (project number: 2022/151).

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Last updated: May 23, 2024

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