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Leadership Development Program

What is the RANZCO Leadership Development Program?

The RANZCO Leadership Development Program (LDP) is part of RANZCO’s charter to build leadership and advocacy skills within its Fellows. It aims to support ophthalmologists who work for the greater good of the community and ophthalmology as a profession, and to develop the next generation of ophthalmic leaders. The RANZCO LDP is an eighteen-month program, that includes developing greater self-awareness (Insights), exposure to College decision making (Council meeting), networking with peers and leaders (alumni meeting attendance during Congress), and participation in a three-day Masterclass (governance, advocacy, leadership and communication skills). Participants are also required to undertake a self-directed project that will provide the opportunity for them to develop their leadership skills and present during a Rapid-Fire session at the RANZCO Annual Scientific Meeting.

The RANZCO Leadership Development Program (LDP) has strong participation from the RANZCO Board and is overseen by the Leadership Development Committee.

What are the intended program outcomes?

• Enhanced pool of leaders who can contribute to strategic initiatives of the College and participate in its structures including the Board, Council, committees and special interest groups (SIG’s).
• Promotion and effective communication of issues in Ophthalmology.
• Development of self-aware leaders who can question their own and others’ assumptions in a collaborative leadership setting.
• Showcasing leadership participant’s projects at the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Basis for selection to RANZCO LDP

Fellows who apply should demonstrate contributions in either patient care enhancement, training and education, research and development, or community work, and state how their participation would benefit the profession.

Branch and/or special interest group (SIG) endorsement of candidates is essential. Applicants are required to make the case for their application to a relevant SIG or Branch for consideration, and preferably have their project endorsed by the supporting Branch/SIG. Branches and SIGs are required to fund the travel and accommodation costs of RANZCO LDP participants.

Calls for expressions of interest to participate are now closed. Please check back early 2020.
For enquiries please contact Gerhard Schlenther at


Last updated: April 13, 2022

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