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RANZCO Recognises Key Contributors

New Fellows have been welcomed and the contributions of more established Fellows acknowledged by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) at the College’s 47th Annual Scientific Congress graduation and awards ceremony and President’s reception. The event was held at the Michael Fowler Auditorium in Wellington New Zealand on Sunday 1 November.

Dr. Keith Small, Congress Convenor welcomed guests ahead of an address by former New Zealand Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC who advised attendees to be mindful and wary of the vicissitudes of the law, and confident and careful of their responsibilities to patients and society.

Fourteen doctors were admitted as Fellows by examination and five doctors by assessment during the RANZCO graduation ceremony. Dr. Juanita Pappalardo was presented with the Filipic Greer Medal for overall excellence in performance at the RANZCO Ophthalmic Pathology examination. Dr. John Harrison; Dr. Anita Tandon; Dr. Edwin Figueira; Associate Professor Alex Hunyor; Associate Professor James Elder; Dr. Anthony Bedggood; Dr. Stephen Guest and Dr. John Landers were all acknowledged as Trainers of Excellence.

The College Medal was presented to Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg “in recognition of his many years of service to the College and his leadership and dedication to Fellows, colleagues and the broader ophthalmic community”. Dr. Stephen Cains was presented the College Medal “in recognition of his many years of service to the College and his selfless dedication and leadership for the betterment of the profession”.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC… advised attendees to be mindful and wary of the vicissitudes of the law, and confident and careful of their responsibilities to patients and society

Professor Stuart Graham received the Distinguished Service Award, “in recognition of his commitment and service to the College over many years, benefiting both the profession and the community”. Dr. Peter Wellings was presented with the Meritorious Service Award “for his outstanding contribution to clinical and academic Ophthalmology in New Zealand and Australia”. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Associate Professor Mark Elder, “in recognition of his service to the College as an examiner and his dedication to the profession for many years, particularly in New Zealand”.

Mr. Neil Forbes, editor / publisher of Insight was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation recognising his contribution to ophthalmology over 40 years.

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