With great pleasure, we invite our colleagues and the ophthalmic industry throughout the world to Sydney for the 2011 Congress of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) hosted the highly-acclaimed International Congress of Ophthalmology (WOC) in Sydney in 2002. APAO 2011 will be just as memorable.
The meeting will be held in the popular Darling Harbour Convention and Exhibition Centre – just minutes from many of Sydney’s world-famous attractions.
The Scientific Program Committee, under Prof Charles McGhee, is assembling an exciting and stimulating scientific program, which will enable both comprehensive ophthalmologists and sub-specialists the opportunity to update their knowledge and skills.
The Congress already has strong support from the global ophthalmic industry, as well as from the professional associations of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Council of Ophthalmology, and RANZCO itself.
Australia and New Zealand have a long history of world-class expertise in clinical practice and ophthalmological research. This, combined with the warm and relaxed ‘Aussie’ spirit, will ensure your Congress experience is professionally enhancing and personally rejuvenating.
The organisation of APAO Sydney 2011 is under the direction of three internationally recognised leaders in ophthalmology.
Clinical Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg
A/Prof Ivan Goldberg is a world-renowned authority on glaucoma, and a highly-respected member of the international community of glaucoma sub-specialists.
He is a member of prestigious organisations such as the American Glaucoma Society, the Becker Glaucoma Society, and the Glaucoma Research Society.
Within Asia, A/Prof Goldberg’s experience and knowledge in the field of glaucoma have been recognised through his election as the Founding President of the South East Asia Glaucoma Interest Group (SEAGIG); as immediate-past President of the World Glaucoma Association; and as an Executive Committee member of the Asian-Oceanic Glaucoma Society.
He was President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) when the College hosted the 29th International Congress of Ophthalmology (WOC) in Sydney in 2002.
Prior to that, A/Prof Goldberg was, for six years, RANZCO’s Censor-in-Chief, with responsibility for the College’s education and professional development programs.
A/Prof Goldberg is currently Director of Eye Associates in Sydney; Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney; and Head of the Glaucoma Unit and Visiting Ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital.
Chairman Congress Sponsorship and Industry Exhibition
Clinical Professor Frank Martin
Prof Frank Martin AM has had a long-standing commitment to the development of ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region, as well the teaching and training of ophthalmologists in Australia and New Zealand.
Over many years, he has worked closely with the ophthalmic industry in ensuring their role in the success of major ophthalmic industry events.
He is a past President of The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and was joint Secretary-General and Chairman of the Scientific Program Committee of the International Congress of Ophthalmology (WOC) in Sydney in 2002.
In 2001, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to medicine – particularly in the field of ophthalmology as a clinician, teacher and administrator. He was appointed President of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in May 2009.
In September 2009, the New South Wales (Australia) Government appointed Prof Martin as a Business Events Sydney Ambassador in recognition of his longstanding commitment to promoting Sydney as a business events destination.
Prof Martin sub-specialises in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, and is the inaugural President of the Asia-Pacific Society of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He also serves on the board of the International Strabismus Association, and is a member of the International Council of Ophthalmology.
Prof Martin works in private practice in Sydney, and is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. He holds appointments as a visiting ophthalmologist at Sydney Eye Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
Scientific Program Chairman
Professor Charles McGhee
New Zealand-based Prof Charles McGhee brings many years of experience in congress scientific program management to his role as Chair of the APAO 2011 Congress Scientific Program.
As Chair of RANZCO’s Scientific Program Committee for several years, Prof McGhee directed many highly-successful scientific programs at the College’s Annual Scientific Congresses.
He is the current editor of RANZCO’s scientific journal Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, helping to establish it as a trusted conduit of quality research sourced locally and internationally. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, amongst other journals.
Prof McGhee holds Fellowships in ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery from RANZCO, the Royal College of Ophthalmology (UK), and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Scotland).
He previously held professorial posts in England and Scotland before being invited, in 1999, to take up the newly-established post of Maurice Paykel Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He was also appointed as the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology for Auckland District Health Board (1999-2006).
Prof McGhee specialises in corneal transplantation and corneal diseases such as keratoconus, inherited corneal dystrophies, and in complex anterior segment surgery following trauma. He is a Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon at Auckland City Hospital and Eye Institute, New Zealand. He has published more than 200 research papers and chapters, as well as three textbooks on his research interests, and has been invited to give a number of named lectures at international conferences. He is scientific Co-Chair of the APAO Congress, Beijing 2010.
The Scientific Program covers the full spectrum of ophthalmology, and will be of interest and benefit to all ophthalmologists.
International Societies and their programs will be integrated into the main program. The Scientific Program will consist of symposia and session themes, courses and workshops (didactic, interactive, and hands-on), live surgery demonstrations, poster and poster presentations, and free papers.
The Scientific Program will span the latest developments and best practice in ophthalmology, delivered by renowned national and international speakers. The Program will encompass all aspects of ophthalmology including the latest advances in clinical practice and cutting-edge research – providing ample choice for both comprehensive ophthalmologists and sub-specialists. There will also be sessions on ancillary subjects important to the professional and personal well-being of ophthalmologists.
In addition to the Scientific Program, a spectacular range of social activities is being planned for all delegates and accompanying guests. Take the opportunity to experience Sydney’s most famous sites and iconic landmarks, as well as our renowned hospitality and friendliness.