The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is the medical college responsible for the training and professional development of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. This includes maintaining a Continuing Professional Development (CPD)  system, a Vocational Training Program (VTP), organising scientific congresses and meetings, and much more.

RANZCO would like to encourage more Māori,  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to pursue a career in ophthalmology so that our workforce better reflects our comminities.  RANZCO acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi and is committed to developing healthcare for Māori by Māori.

RANZCO’s mission is to lead eye care by setting and improving standards, providing lifelong education, promoting research and innovation and advocating on behalf of patients, their communities and our membership.

Structure and Duration of Training

The Vocational Training Program takes five years to complete. For fees related to the program, please visit Trainee Fees. The Vocational Training Program comprises of:

  • Basic Training – two years of basic training during which trainees must demonstrate integrated clinical skills and knowledge in the Ophthalmic Sciences (OS) and the Ophthalmic Basic Competencies and Knowledge (OBCK)
  • Advanced Training – 2 years of advanced training during which Trainees are expected to demonstrate integrated knowledge, clinical and surgical skills as documented in the clinical standards
  • Final Year Training– a final year during which the Trainee develops their specialist experience in preparation for specialist qualification and to function in the community as an independent general ophthalmologist.

On completion of the Vocational Training Program graduates are eligible to apply for Fellowship, the highest professional membership category. The Fellowship application is available via the ‘Application’ tile in the RANZCO portal.

For more information about the structure and duration of training, please see here.

Useful / Related links

RANZCO Māori Action Plan 2020 – please click here>>

RANZCO – Māori Language Week 2020 – please click here>>



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