The 2019 Course has now concluded

Dates for 2020 confirmed:  Monday 2 November - Friday 13 November 2020.  Contact the Course Organiser to be put on the mailing list.  A Course Outline will be available in February 2020 with applications opening 2 April 2020. Information on this website currently relates to the 2019 course which will be similar to the programme planned for 2020.


The Ophthalmology Department, Dunedin School of Medicine runs an intensive interactive 2 week residential course in Dunedin in November each year. The course is for New Zealand and Australian medical graduates in their second year of the RANZCO training programme to prepare for the Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist (FRANZCO).

This year the two week clinical course will run from Monday 14 October to Friday Friday 25 October 2019 in Dunedin New Zealand for candidates sitting the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination in 2020. Sub-specialty topics will be addressed. For each topic there will be clinically oriented interactive modules, seminars and case presentations. In addition there will be 4 mock OSCE’s and 4 mock written examinations (Candidates will be split into two groups with one group doing an OSCE while the other group doing the mock written examination). Candidates will work in pairs, alternating between being the examiner and observer during OSCE’s. The course is limited and candidates must contact the Course Organiser for an application for entry.





Dr. Anthony Bedggood

Fendalton Eye Clinic, Christchurch

Dr. Stuart Carroll

Auckland Eye, Auckland

Dr. Jesse Gale

Bowen Hospital, Wellington

Dr. Alexander Hamilton


Dr. Ben LaHood

Eye Institute, Auckland

Dr. Logan Mitchell

Dunedin School of Medicine, Dunedin

Dr. Dianne Sharp

Retina Specialists, Auckland

Dr. David Squirrell

Milford Eye Clinic, Auckland

Dr. Andrea Vincent

Retina Specialists, Auckland

Dr. Graham Wilson

Ophthalmologist, Gisborne

Dr. Harry Bradshaw

Mercy Hospital, Dunedin

Dr. Clare Fraser

Sydney Ophthalmic Specialists, Sydney

Dr. Peter Hadden

Eye Institute, Auckland

Dr. Rob Jones

Nelson Eye Specialists, Nelson

Prof. Peter McCluskey

The University of Sydney, Sydney

Dr. Justin Mora

Auckland Eye, Auckland

Dr. Mary Jane Sime

Southern District Health Board, Dunedin

Dr. Nicholas Toalster

Eye Hospital, Sydney

Dr. Brendon Vote

Retina Specialists, Auckland


General Information

Getting to Dunedin City

The Dunedin International Airport is situated 30 minutes drive from the city and the cheapest option is to book a shuttle online with group bookings considerably cheaper than single bookings. (Taxi fare one way from the airport is currently in the region of NZ$90.00 – one way shuttle approximately NZ$25 if booked online

Shuttle: ) Phone 0800 748 885

Dunedin Taxis 03 477 7777

Corporate Cabs 03477 7000



All candidates are to report to the Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum, 419 Great King Street at 8am on Monday 14 October 2019.  Please refer to the venue map on this website. Entry is to the right of the main entrance to the Museum.

All OSCE’s will be held at the Dunedin Hospital located at 201 Great King Street. All lectures will be held at the Otago Museum. Mock exams - venue to be confirmed.


Street parking is available near the venue and hospital however parking limits range from 30 minutes to 4 hours. The Dunedin City Council has a guide to pricing and time limits here. The Great King Street Carpark is recommended for all day parking and is NZ$1.00 per hour if parking commences prior to 10 am.  More information on parking buildings in the CBD is available here.


Equipment (OSCEs)

There will be sufficient indirect ophthalmoscopes provided for the relevant OSCE stations, however you are encouraged to bring your own if you prefer to be practicing with the equipment you will be using in the actual OSCE. Clipboards and question/answer sheets will be provided for the OSCE’s. (A4 ruled 100 leaf writing pad provided in registration pack).


Wireless Internet

Free Wireless Internet access will be provided in the lecture room. A number of power outlets will be set up within the room for charging of devices. Please note there will be no wireless access at the Dunedin Hospital.


Readings and notes will be provided electronically on Dropbox (access will be provided two weeks prior to the course) any updates added during the course. 



All Candidates should wear professional attire on the days of the OSCE, with casual wear permitted on all other days (OSCE Groups will be confirmed on the first day of the course). Social events will be smart casual. 



Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided at morning and afternoon tea times and a basic packed lunch will be provided for candidates on the days they are attending the OSCE’s. Lunches will be named and will include any special diets previously advised.  Please note that candidates not attending the OSCE’s (lecture only attendees) will need to make their own lunch arrangements and there are a number of cafes in close proximity to the course venue.  There is a cafe within the Otago Museum which serves coffee and food.



We can recommend DUNEDIN ROASTERY CAFE which is situated near to the main venue. Alternatively THE FIX CAFE on Frederick Street (towards the city) also The Dispensary Cafe on the Ground Floor of the Hospital is very popular, but there may be a wait. Barista coffee is available at the Otago Museum located next to the lecture room.


Social Events

The course includes two social events which are both included in the course fee.  More information will be provided once the event dates are confirmed.



DUNEDIN URGENT DOCTORS are situated at 18 Filleul Street and close at 10 pm Phone +64 (0)3 479 2900.  

Medical Emergencies dial 111.

Anyone suffering from an infectious disease eg Adeno-viral conjunctivitis, must not attend the course and fees will be fully refunded if you find yourself in this position.


Eating Out

Dunedin has a great variety of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes.  Some recommendations:

Madame Woo's - Lower Stuart Street 

Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant- The Octagon

Saigon Van - St Andrews Street

Two Chefs - 121 Stuart Street

Fish Hook - 424 George Street

Hutong 388 George Street

Emersons Taproom and Restaurant 70 Anzac Ave

Pequeno (best hidden bar) down alley opposite Rialto Cinema on Moray Place


More information on Dunedin

The DUNEDIN WEBSITE has more information for visitors.

Social Functions

Monday 14th October 2019

RANZCO Welcome Function

Otago Museum


419 Great King Street

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

Drinks and canapes provided

Dress: smart casual

Sponsored By:

Saturday 19th October 2019

Course Dinner

Vault 21 Restaurant (Upstairs)

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21 The Octagon

7.30 pm - late

Three course dinner including drinks

Dress: smart casual



The Dunedin Ophthalmology Course will be held in Dunedin, New Zealand


The lectures will be held in The Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum 419 Great King Street. 


The OSCE's will be held in the Eye Department, Level 2, Dunedin Hospital.



Attendees must organise their own accommodation


Terms and Conditions


NZ$3,500.00 must be paid by 20 July 2019 to confirm course placement.  



Cancellations received prior to 1 September 2019 will be refunded less an administration fee of NZ$300.00. No refunds will be made from 3 September 2019. Refunds cannot be made due to travel delay or disruption.



Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. It is strongly recommended that all delegates take out personal travel and medical insurance prior to attending the event. The policy should include loss of fees through cancellation of your participation or through cancellation of the event itself, loss of airfares for any reason, medical expenses, loss or damage to personal property, additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered. The Course Organisers will not take any responsibility for any delegate failing to insure.  If for any reasons beyond the control of the Course Organisers, the course is cancelled, registration fees will be refunded after deduction of expenses.


Anyone suffering from an infectious disease eg Adeno-viral conjunctivitis, must not attend the course and fees will be fully refunded (medical certificate required) if you find yourself in this position.


Tel: 03 487 6622

PO Box 7168, Dunedin, Otago 9040, New Zealand


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