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RANZCO supports National Reconciliation Week 2024

RANZCO participated in a number of events prior to and during National Reconciliation Week (NRW 2024), held 27 May to 3 June, embracing this year’s theme, Now More Than Ever.

In the lead up to NRW, RANZCO proudly sponsored the 2024 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference (NATSIEHC24) held 22-24 May in nipaluna, lutruwita/Hobart, Tasmania. At the conference, Dr Kristin Bell and Kerry Woods spoke on Vision 2030 and beyond Collaborative Care Models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, and attendees participated in roundtable discussions on improving eye health access and services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in Australia.

The Australian and New Zealand Eye Foundation (ANZEF), RANZCO’s philanthropic arm, provided scholarships for five medical students, one junior doctor, and three RANZCO trainees to attend the conference. Read about the event from some of the scholarship recipients and see photos on ANZEF’s website.


Beginning the week, we amplified our Reconciliation Action Plan and the College’s commitment to improving eye health for First Nations peoples. The College strongly supports engaging with reconciliation through events to develop and strengthen our understanding and learning across five critical aspects of meaningful reconciliation (historical acceptance, race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, and unity).


On 30 May, RANZCO staff undertook the Illi-Langi The Rocks Aboriginal Dreaming Tour about the history of the Aboriginal people’s saltwater heritage within Sydney Harbour. The invaluable enriching learning experience was led by Dreamtime Southern X tour guides Donia and Emily. Staff were then treated to a delicious lunch by Indigenous-run Kallico Catering. See more photos via our Facebook page.


On Friday 31 May, RANZCO held a webinar on ‘Growing the First Nations Eye Health Workforce’. Key facilitators included A/Profs Ashish Agar, Kristopher Rallah-Baker and Rosie Dawkins, who led discussions on how to attract and engage with First Nations medical students. We also heard from indigenous medical students Isabella Ryan and Kaleisha Cowan Roberts on mentorship, RANZCO Trainee Dr Thomas Mylne on the First Nations Trainee experience, Kerry Woods on the delivery of culturally-safe eye care, and more.

Read more about RANZCO Reconciliation Action Plan and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.


Last updated: June 13, 2024

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