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Your Pathway into Ophthalmology training in North Queensland

Entry Requirements

  • Medical degree with full registration to practice in either Australia or New Zealand at the time of applying
  • Citizenship or permanent resident status of Australia or New Zealand.
  • Completion of a minimum of two years, full time post graduate prevocational experience, (including intern year), when they commence the VTP, which must include a minimum of 18 months of broad experience in medical, clinical and surgical settings other than ophthalmology.

Total Training Time

Total: 5 years (full-time)

  • Basic Training (Year One and Year Two) - Trainees are expected to demonstrate foundation ophthalmic skills, knowledge and critical thinking milestones across all domains.
  • Advanced Training (Year Three and Year Four) - Trainees are expected to demonstrate milestones which indicate integrated application of foundation skills and knowledge to clinical and surgical practice in both subspecialty and cross-specialty areas of ophthalmic practice.
  • Final Year Training (Year Five) - In the final year of the VTP, trainees consolidate their specialist experience in preparation for the specialist ophthalmic qualification and to function in the community as a safe, independent, comprehensive, general ophthalmologist.

How to Apply

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) delivers a Vocational Training Program (VTP) for medical practitioners wishing to become specialist ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand. Information on selection into the program can be found on the RANZCO website

Applicants who have applied to be selected onto the Vocational Training Program must complete their Queensland Health preferencing through the Resident Medical Officer (RMO) campaign

Application Deadline

February of each year.  Each year may very please click here to view the registration form.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times can I apply to the training program?

There is no limit to the number of times an applicant can apply.

How much does it cost to apply to the program?

The registration fee is $1,800.00 plus GST (non-refundable) and must be paid at the time of submitting your application.

What is the difference between a TTR and a Trainee?

A Temporary Training Registrar (TTR) is a medical practitioner appointed to relieve in an accredited training post due to an employment vacancy. Appointment as a TTR is not an appointment to the VTP and carries no guarantee of same. Trainee means a medical practitioner enrolled in the RANZCO Vocational Training Program (VTP).

Disclaimer: The information provided on this website aims to assist medical students and doctors in training with medical career planning. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is current and accurate, all details should be verified through the relevant Specialist College.

NQRTH is an initiative of the Australian Government's Integrated Rural Training Pipeline (IRTP) and is facilitated by James Cook University in partnership with public and private hospitals, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC), health services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) and GP clinics.

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