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Advocating for Rural, Regional and Remote Patients

On Friday 3 December 2021, RANZCO will make a submission to the NSW Government parliamentary inquiry into health outcomes and access to health and hospital services in rural, regional and remote New South Wales. RANZCO is advocating for better service provision for people living in rural, regional and remote NSW. Read the media release here.

10 Minutes of Science is Here

10 Minutes of Science is Here

10 minutes of science is a new podcast series from Women in Ophthalmology. Each edition features an expert in their field discussing an article of their choosing. These articles have been selected due to their impact on the real-world practice of ophthalmology. The series is aimed at the general comprehensive ophthalmologists and includes topics across a range of sub-specialties. Hosted by Women in Ophthalmology Deputy Chair, Dr Robyn Troutbeck, we welcome you to listen to 10 minutes of science.

Listen through the RANZCO website or through your preferred podcast app – available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify, with more players being added by the hour!

This series was made possible with support from Johnson & Johnson Vision.

Board Directors Elected at the 2021 RANZCO AGM

Four Directors have been elected at the recently concluded RANZCO AGM held on Saturday 20 November 2021: Dr Rebecca Stack (newly elected), Prof Nigel Morlet, Drs Andrew Crawford and Bob Griffits (re-elected). Following the AGM, was the Council meeting where Dr Grant Raymond was confirmed as the Vice President of the College for another two years.

The second RANZCO Reconciliation Action Plan was also launched. This second iteration builds on the work started in RANZCO’s first RAP and includes a further two-year commitment to RANZCO’s reconciliation journey.

Presentations at the meeting explained RANZCO’s accomplishments including a very good year in most areas despite COVID issues with completion of all exams, good CPD opportunities, strong advocacy outcomes in both Australia and New Zealand and an excellent AMC/MCNZ report.

Work-based assessments on track to put paper into the recycling bin

RANZCO rolled out online Work-based Assessments (myWBA) in August this year to better capture the effectiveness of trainee learning and inform trainee progression decisions.

The myWBA platform has replaced the paper-based forms for theatre assessments and Term Supervisor reports. Other written reports will also be phased out soon.

Through myWBA, QEC Chairs and Directors of Training, Term Supervisors and Clinical Tutors can more easily access their own network’s trainee records to quickly identify and address any gaps in their learning.

So far, myWBA take up has exceeded 40% and is well on track for full implementation by the first quarter of 2022.

The platform is ever evolving as we continue to improve and streamline the process for all users.

St John Ambulance Merge With The IDEAS Van

St John Ambulance Queensland has joined forces with IDEAS Van to help further combat blindness in remote Australian communities. The IDEAS Van is Australia’s first mobile ophthalmic treatment facility headed by founding CEO, Lyndall De Marco. Fellows will be familiar with the IDEAS Van from being onboard or from seeing it at Congress each year.

“For decades, St John Ambulance, a charitable, non-profit, humanitarian organisation, has helped save countless lives and address isolation and disadvantage in our community. It is the perfect new home for the IDEAS Van to continue its celebrated work and extend its outreach program to regional areas,” De Marco said.

Stephen Porter, CEO of St John’s Queensland said, “St John Ambulance is dedicated to enhancing the lives of all those in regional areas, with a renewed focus on resilience, wellbeing and community. This outstanding facility will make it possible for more ophthalmologists to bring their expertise to people that are marginalised due to the tyranny of distance and access.”

Read the full media release here.

RANZCO Eye Museum Rebrands to Grow

RANZCO Eye Museum Rebrands to Grow

To describe its focus more accurately, the RANZCO Museum has updated its name to the RANZCO Eye Museum.

The RANZCO Eye Museum is one of the world’s leading online medical history museums specialising in the colourful history, personalities and technologies of ophthalmology.

The Museum Curator is Dr David Kaufman.

As part of this rebranding, a new logo has been developed which features the RANZCO colour palette and the Eye of Horus which is a historical image that is used in the College’s coat of arms.

The new name and logo is currently being rolled out across the online museum and promotional materials between now and the end of the year.

The rebranding is a key element of a three-phase growth plan which is designed to firstly, make the RANZCO Eye Museum easy to find and use, secondly generate more and repeat local and international visitors and build contacts with other online museums, and thirdly, add new content and new ways to display and interact with collections.

“The Museum is also being continually updated with new presentations,” added Dr Kaufman.

You can visit the museum at

History of Ophthalmology Online Symposium – Book a date in the future for a trip to the past

The 2021 History of Ophthalmology Online Symposium will take place on Wednesday, 3 November 7pm – 8.30pm (AEDT).

Presented by the RANZCO Eye Museum, the symposium will feature the following presentations: Discussions on early treatment of diabetic retinopathy; The Teaching of ophthalmoscopy; Indian ophthalmic museums; and the Beginnings of vitrectomy in Melbourne.

The symposium will be followed by questions and a discussion with the panellists.

Zoom Details
Meeting ID: 872 7267 8322
Passcode: 835634

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Click here for a full abstract of presentations.

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