RANZCO Professional Development Sessions

Culture and Indigenous Health


Date: Wednesday, 23 November
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Co-Chairs: Prof Hugh Taylor and Dr Damien Louis



This plenary session will showcase the important role that Koori culture and heritage play in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Victoria. We are very privileged to have Australia’s leading Aboriginal opera singer and composer talk about this topic and one of Victoria’s leading Aboriginal artists. We will use examples from local communities to show the way community members can be empowered to develop and present health promotion messages and develop regional eye care networks.

Abstract: Significant progress is being made to close the gap for vision and many of the recommendations in the Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision (2012) have been implemented. One component identifies the need for improved Indigenous access to mainstream eye health services that ensure responsive and culturally appropriate care. Many professional societies, including RANZCO, offer cultural safety and awareness education modules for their members. This symposium will provide a refreshing perspective on cultural awareness through reflection on the cultural determinants of health and recognise the connections to culture and country that can enhance resilience and empowerment for improved health outcomes. The symposium comprises four presentations aimed at promoting cultural awareness and exploring the important role culture and heritage play in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples living in Victoria.

Ethics and Professionalism

RANZCO Annual Report Photography 23.07.2016 Photos by Fiora Sacco copyright reserved 2016

Date: Monday, 21 November
Time: 16:00-17:30
Chair: Brad Horsburgh



This session will cover a broad set of topics and will be Chaired by the RANZCO President, Brad Horsburgh. Brad will introduce the session, focussing on the need for cultural change in response to unacceptable instances of bullying, harassment and discrimination faced by RANZCO Trainees and Fellows. He will note the primacy of the patient in ophthalmology, and medicine generally, and also the need to recognise that your peers can often be the people in need of support. Attention will also be drawn to ethical billing and RANZCO’s push to cement collaborative care as the way of the future.

Speakers for this session include:

  • RANZCO Vice President Arthur Karagiannis talking on specific areas of the Code of Conduct.
  • Clayton Barnes illustrating ethical (and unethical) billing practices.
  • Director Cathy Green explaining how to recognise and support a struggling colleague.
  • RACS CEO David Hillis will speak on the challenges of cultural change in the surgical profession.
  • RACS President Phil Truskett will explain how putting the patient first means doctors will always be behaving with ethics at front of mind.
  • Four examples of collaborative care in action (five mins each): Glaucoma, Retina, Neuro and Cornea.

Clinical Audit Analysis using Excel


Date: Sunday, 20 November
Time: 16:00-17:30
Chair: Sam Lerts



RANZCO Director, Dr Sam Lerts will explain how Microsoft Excel is a useful tool to analyse information exported from clinical audit tools or electronic medical records software, or data collected directly in Excel. This session will enable you to use advanced features of Excel to facilitate data analysis and enhance your ability to identify opportunities to improve your practise. This session will enable you to:

• Use excel formulas including sum/subtraction, percentages, average, count;
• Combine excel formulas;
• Use data validation to standardise data entry in Excel;
• Use PivotTables for data analysis; and
• Create charts to provide visual representations of your data.

Younger Fellows Advisory Group Session: Life Beyond your Training


Date: Monday, 21 November
Time: 14.00-15.30
Co-Chairs: Nisha Sachdev and Andrea Ang



This session focusses on information that is pertinent to trainees and younger Fellows but is open to all delegates to attend. Topics covered include:
• What is the College and what can it do for younger Fellows? – Brad Horsburgh
• Ethics in medicine – Second opinions: managing the difficult patient – Con Moshegov
• Ethics in Medicine – How to perform a second opinion – Keith Small
• The use of social media in medicine and minimising your medico-legal risk – Deb Jackson (MDNA)

Ethics, Training and Professionalism in Ophthalmology

Date: Tuesday, 22 November
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm

Following a welcome message from RANZCO President, Brad Horsburgh, a lawyer’s perspective will be presented by Stephen Hardy, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie. Jenny Danks will then speak on NSW program selection and monitoring, including providing the trainees’ perspectives of the training post. RANZCO Queensland Trainee Jayne Camuglia will provide a first-hand perspective. The results of the RANZCO survey on bullying, harassment and discrimination conducted in 2015 have been scrutinised and Con Petsoglou will present an appraisal of the survey results. The session will be closed by Frank Billson speaking on the ethic behind the Hippocratic oath. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Practicing Ophthalmology


Date: Sunday, 20 November
Time: 14:00-15:30
Chair: Suki Sandhu



This session will cover a set of topics pertinent to the everyday practice of ophthalmologists and will be Chaired by the RANZCO CPD Lead, Sukhpal Sandhu.

Topics and speakers for this session include:
• Revalidation – Sukhpal Sandhu
• Clinical Registries: increasing the evidence base – Stephanie Watson
• Practice Accreditation –Bob Griffits
• CPD and Audit – Sam Lerts
• Ophthalmology and the Health Insurance Industry in New Zealand – Mike Fisk
• Assessing fitness to drive – Paul Beaumont


Revalidation: The Medical Board of Australia has published a discussion paper and the interim report of the Revalidation Expert Advisory Group (EAG). This updates Fellows on how the CPD program will meet the requirements proposed and will provide a summary of RANZCO’s response to the discussion paper.

With the utilisation of Clinical Registries, preparing for Practice accreditation and Audit, what Fellows do in everyday practice can evolve into effective CPD. Interacting with the Health Insurance Industry and assessing fitness to drive also feature in everyday practice.

There will be time for questions from the audience.