RANZCO is the training college, professional body and membership organisation for ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. Our membership includes around 95 per cent of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand, as well as trainees and allied health professionals. Ophthalmologists who are RANZCO members are held to a standard of professional practice as encapsulated in the Code of Conduct and receive the right to use the title FRANZCO (Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists).
RANZCO provides a range of training, support and other resources for ophthalmologists, including continuing professional development (CPD), industry updates, events, a quarterly magazine and a regular scientific journal. RANZCO also represents the ophthalmology profession and the best interests of ophthalmic patients in the public policy and political realms and raises awareness of eye conditions and ophthalmology with the wider public.
As well as all the information available on the public RANZCO website, by signing in RANZCO Fellows have access to exclusive information and resources, including all of our journals, the RANZCO Clinical Audit Tool (RCAT), NUCLEUS (practice accreditation resources), CPD diary, the RANZCO Health Insights Tool, a committees portal and volunteer opportunities.
RANZCO is also committed to fostering places of work and training where people feel included and valued. The Diversity and Inclusion Committee takes the lead in suggesting initiatives to the Board and Council that further these aims. RANZCO expects all Fellows, associates, trainees and employees to abide by the Policy on Diversity and Inclusion. See here for more information on RANZCO’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
See below for more information about becoming a member, accessing CPD for non-members and joining RANZCO as a specialist international medical graduate.
Accessing CPD for non-members
The RANZCO CPD framework is designed to help Fellows adopt a structured approach to planning their CPD. It consists of three categories reflecting the seven key roles and attributes of a specialist ophthalmologist – Medical Expert, Communicator, Manager, Collaborator, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional. To find out more about the RANZCO CPD program, visit the CPD pages here [link to CPD pages].
Ophthalmologists who are not members of RANZCO are able to enrol into the RANZCO CPD program. To enrol, please complete and return this form [link to form – below] to become a RANZCO CPD Customer. The CPD Customer fee covers:
• access to RANZCO’s CPD Program;
• attendance at the RANZCO Annual Congress; and
• inclusion on the Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology (CEO) journal subscription.
You can download the CPD application form here.
Specialist International Medical Graduates
RANZCO is tasked with the assessment of Specialist International Medical Graduates (SIMGs) in ophthalmology on behalf of both the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and Medical Council of New Zealand (MCNZ). Upon completion of its assessment process, RANZCO makes a recommendation to the relevant authority as to whether or not an SIMG should be recognised as a specialist in either Australia or New Zealand.
See here for more information about SIMG applications.
Last updated: July 5, 2019