University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

5 November - 16 November 2018

This event has now concluded.  Dates for 2019 have now been confirmed - 14-25 October 2019 - more information available here

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 5 November to Friday 16 November 2018 in Dunedin New Zealand for candidates sitting the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Examination in 2019. 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 please see the Course Entry Requirements for more information.

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 Room G30 in the Hunter Centre (entry is on Great King Street) at 8am on Monday 5 November 2018.  Please refer to the venue map on this website.  The building is situated opposite the Dental School Main Entrance.

All OSCE’s will be held at the Dunedin Hospital located at 201 Great King Street. All lectures will be held at The Hunter Centre (across the road from the hospital).


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.


A limited amount of readings has been supplied by lecturers prior to the course and these will be provided on the first day of the course and any updates circulated during the course. Candidates will be given access to a Dropbox folder where lecturers notes will be placed throughout the course (subject to lecturer permission). A photocopier will be available onsite for candidate use.



All Candidates should wear professional attire on the days of the OSCE (Friday 9 November, Saturday 10 November and Friday 16 November), 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 Hunter Centre which serves coffee and food (not open on Saturday).



We can recommend DUNEDIN ROASTERY CAFE which is situated across the road from the 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 Hunter Centre Café 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 5th November 2018

RANZCO Welcome Function

Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar


10 Clarendon Street

5.45 pm - 7.30 pm

Drinks and canapes provided

Dress: smart casual

Sponsored By:

Saturday 10th November 2018

Designs for Vision 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

Sponsored By:



The Dunedin Ophthalmology Course is held at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand.  


The lectures will be held in Room G30, The Hunter Centre Corner of Frederick and Great King Streets. The main entrance is on Great King Street.


The OSCE's will be held in the Eye Department, Level 2, Dunedin Hospital (directly across the road from The Hunter Centre).  



Information about reserved accommodation will be provided in the Application Process


NZ$3,500.00 must be paid by 20 July 2018 to confirm course placement.  



Cancellations received prior to 1 October 2018 will be refunded less an administration fee of NZ$300.00. No refunds will be made from 02 October 2018. 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.

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