International Development Workshop
Participants at the 2018 IDW.
The 2018 annual International Development Workshop (IDW), held on the Friday prior to Congress, was well attended with an increasing amount of contributors keen to engage in the day of sharing experiences and exploring work in low resource settings.Convened in collaboration with Australian and New Zealand Glaucoma Society (ANZGS), the Workshop was titled: The Glaucomas: Managing Chronic Ophthalmic Disease in Low Resource Settings.
The theme took the opportunity to view the day through a comprehensive eye care lens, looking at the size of the problem in context with new development in glaucoma management and what role it may have in developing settings. Presented sessions also included sharing knowledge on making the most of clinical opportunities. In addition, the RANZCO International scholarship recipients shared perspectives on current eye care services in their countries, together with challenges and the promotion of access to care across Bangladesh, Indonesia, Mongolia and Sri Lanka. The interactive afternoon session saw breakout groups addressing glaucoma solutions in low resource settings and exploring outcomes as a result of collaboration.
A snapshot of participant feedback received highlighted the following:
- The enormity of visual problems in developing/near neighbour countries.
- Really informative workshop. Have learnt a lot in one day.
- It gave us opportunity to practically engaged in making decision for a low resource setting.
- The diversity - highly trained and experience presenters.
- As a non-glaucoma specialist it was surprising how much was relevant to my work.
- It had addressed an important burning issue of glaucoma related blindness, and the need for it to integrate more in delivering eye services.
Thank you to the presenters, collaborators (including ANZGS) and all those who attended, contributing to valuable platform for knowledge sharing and exchange of information. The International Development Committee looks forward to meeting again next year on the Friday before Congress.
International Development Workshop 2017
IDW 2017: Workshop discussions, looking at practical examples of implementing best practice in local situations.
The 2017 International Development Workshop – now regarded as a well-established regular annual event held on the Friday prior to Congress – explored the delivery of surgical training in low resource settings, illustrated by examples in oculoplastics. The workshop was held in collaboration with the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons.
Some of the feedback we received:
“Interactive [sessions] and awareness of developing country issues.”
“Useful to see different approaches to the same problem.”
“It was a wonderful opportunity to broaden knowledge.”
Thank you to the presenters, collaborators and all who attended and contributed to a valuable platform for knowledge sharing and exchange of information. We look forward to meeting again next year on the Friday before Congress.
tHE RANZCO CONGRESS SCHOLARSHIPS PROGRAM
The RANZCO International Scholarship Program, overseen by the College International Development Committee (IDC), is aimed at developing eye care education and professional standards in support of the Vision 2020: Right to Sight initiative that seeks to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment by 2020. To ensure a meaningful engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, RANZCO seeks to link the scholarships program with operational education and training activities in developing countries. Every year the IDC reviews eligibility and prioritises countries based on education and training projects run by the College and opportunities that may arise through our engagement with Vision 2020 Global Committee members.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2018
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) extends an invitation on an annual basis to apply for the opportunity to participate in the RANZCO International Development Workshop (with a focused theme) and attend the RANZCO Annual Scientific Meeting (Congress) and related events: http://www.ranzco2019.com/
Scholarship applications are now closed and will re-open in April 2019.
The International Development Scholarship recipients this year are all graduates of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program (APAO LDP) and members of an Ophthalmology Society in the Asia Pacific region.
During the 2018 RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress, we were pleased to have hosted scholarship recipients: Dr Mehjabin Haque (Bangladesh), Dr Yeni Lestari (Indonesia), Dr Battuya Jamrandorj (Mongolia), Dr Dilruwani Aryasingha (Sri Lanka).
Scholarship recipients, attended the Annual Scientific Congress in Adelaide and also as part of the scholarships program, participants also presented at the International Development Workshop sharing their experiences. Comments from those attending the Workshop commended the Scholarship recipients on their contribution to the workshop and their active engagement in exploring solutions during the discussion sessions.
To view interviews from 2018 Scholarships recipients, please see:
Dr Dilruwani Aryasingha
Dr Mehjabin Haque (Part One) and (Part Two)
Comments and feedback from all scholarship recipients regarding their experience will be posted soon.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2017
The RANZCO International Scholarship Program, overseen by the RANZCO International Development Committee, is aimed at developing eye care education and professional standards in support of the Vision 2020: Right to Sight initiative that seeks to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment by 2020.
In 2017, four RANZCO International Scholarship recipients, Minh Vo Ngoc Bich (Vietnam), Koshal Shrestha (Nepal), Tushar Sarbajna (Nepal), and Sophal Heng (Cambodia), attended the Annual Scientific Congress in Perth, also participating in the oculoplastics themed International Development Workshop held prior to the Congress.
Scholarship recipients comment on what they liked most about the International Scholarship Program
“World class experts gave lectures about new treatment trends, new surgical techniques and shared clinical practice experiences (they shared some interesting cases of neuro-ophthalmogy).”
“The ease and casual outlook by which the big and eminent ophthalmologists from all over the world interacted with amateur ophthalmologists.”
“To interact with other ophthalmologists from overseas and share contextual working scenarios with each other.”
Thank you to RANZCO Fellows for making scholarship recipients feel welcome.
To view more about the 2017 scholarship recipients, please see here.
RANZCO 2016 International Scholarship recipients (L-R): Drs Ly
Marina, Jambi Garap, Kham Od Nouansavanh and Geoffrey
2016 RANZCO Scholarship
To view comments and feedback from the 2016 scholarship recipients click here (PDF 124.7KB).
2014 RANZCO INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM RECIPIENTS
The 2014 scholarship recipients had the opportunity to attend the 46th RANZCO Annual Scientific Congress in Brisbane, Australia. Please view the videos below for interviews with the scholarship recipients.