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Global health training and postgraduate medical education in Australia: the case for greater integration

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To the Editor: We read with interest the viewpoint offered by Mitchell and colleagues, highlighting the need for improved integration of global health training in postgraduate medical education in Australia.1 This subject has garnered interest in Australia and overseas with reference to ophthalmology. In the United Kingdom, the case for structured global health training has been advocated in ophthalmology postgraduate education, where financial and bureaucratic disincentives inhibit motivated trainees from broadening their clinical experience overseas.2 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) received a grant from The Fred Hollows Foundation to develop the International Ophthalmology Development Register (IODR), which is available to RANZCO Fellows and final-year trainees. The IODR seeks to match the knowledge, skills and experience of those interested in global health ophthalmology with the needs and opportunities of training hospitals, non-government organisations and educational institutions within the Asia–Pacific region.3 Additionally, the IODR also includes a database that lists opportunities for international medical graduates from the Asia–Pacific region to undertake fellowships or observerships in Australasian…