The IODR includes a set of databases that list opportunities for IMGs from the Asia-Pacific region to undertake Fellowships/Observerships in Australasian teaching hospitals. The register will facilitate the matching of offers by hospitals and institutions to the IMGs.

As the Asia-Pacific region accounts for 73% of moderate to severe visual impairment and 58% of blindness, it is imperative that the standard of eye health care is greatly improved. By undertaking a Fellowship or Observership in an Australasian hospital or teaching institution it is expected that IMGs will bring back to their country of origin the acquired skills and knowledge gained and to take part in programs to preserve and restore vision.


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Dr Khawaja Shoaib

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Dr Shoaib is currently undertaking a Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Australia is a neat, clean and organized country. People are generally friendly and one can see many nationalities. Hospitals are disciplined and well equipped. Medical records are well maintained. Most of the senior doctors had their highest qualification/training in UK, USA or Canada. Standard of medical treatment depends on the treating individual which varies from very good to good. Medical registration and visa processing normally requires around six months. Living expenses should be calculated carefully as there are accommodation, food, transport and health insurance charges.

Dr Swetha Philip

dr philipDr Swetha Philip. Photo courtesy: Dr PhilipDr Philip is an ophthalmologist from India, currently undertaking a Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Queensland.

I am Dr Swetha Sara Philip, an ophthalmologist from, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. I have come to do a Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology in Royal Children’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland under Prof. Glen Gole. I joined the Fellowship in March 2012 and I am only two months into the course.

So far, I have learned a lot both in terms of academics and also culturally. In academics, I see a lot of various clinical conditions affecting the paediatric age group, like retinopathy of prematurity, strabismus, cataract, syndromic associations to mention a few. I have the opportunity to attend outpatient clinics, assist in surgical cases and even get hands on experience. There are various academic sessions like journal club; grand grounds and PG teaching sessions that enhance the existing knowledge.

Culturally as well I have got to know lot of new things that are different from the background I come from. Brisbane is beautiful city, lively. There is always something to do for oneself and the family.