On 17 April, RANZCO held a virtual symposium on the Future of Eye Care. The speakers and panelists shared their insights on how eye care might develop over the next 10 years. Opening the symposium was Federal Health Minister Hunt who stated that the rates of avoidable Indigenous blindness are at unacceptable levels despite immense progress. He then laid down a challenge to close the gap for Indigenous Australians by 2025. He further expressed his interest in working with Australia’s ophthalmologists towards developing a National Workforce Plan over the coming decade, with actions in the short, medium and long term to eliminate avoidable blindness. The items that were considered include workforce training, retention and strategic options for rural and remote Australia.
RANZCO President Prof Nitin Verma AM advised in his closing remarks that RANZCO is fully committed to leading the way in achieving the elimination of avoidable blindness in Australia by 2030.
Recordings now available
If you missed the recent Future of Eye Care Symposium 2021, you can now catch up online with access to recordings of all presentations, key note speakers and panel discussions. Simply log in to the LMS and cast your eyes on expert presentations covering topics such as Epidemiology and the Workplace Environment, Advocacy for Patients and Our Profession, Eye Care Trends, New Trends in Clinical Medicine, The Workplace of the Future and Models of Care, and the Global Environment.
A paper summarising the event will also be produced and launched at the 51st RANZCO Annual Congress 2021 in Brisbane as part of the College’s vision for the future.
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