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HomemioptometrySRC 2010 Spot on for CPD

SRC 2010 Spot on for CPD

The Southern Regional congress (SRC) has always aimed to provide optometrists with a strong clinical programme with an emphasis on its incorporation in clinical practice. This year’s programme is no exception.

The Education Program

Associate Professor Richard J. Madonna from NYC’s SUNY State College of Optometry will be presenting for the first time in Australia at SRC. Professor Madonna is an international lecturer in areas including glaucoma, therapeutic drugs, emergency care, and retinal vascular disease. He’ll cover topics including: techniques for gonioscopy and binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy (a special workshop); optical coherence tomography (OCT); as well as quality of life in glaucoma.

Professor Susan Cotter from the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine is a name synonymous with paediatric optometry. Professor Cotter, returns to SRC this year and will speak on the evidence-based management of amblyopia, prisms for diplopia, and the ABCs of prescribing lenses for infants and young children. She will also present a special workshop on intermittent exotropia.

After last year’s SRC, many optometrists requested to hear more from Dr. Neil Shuey, and in 2010, the organisers of SRC have obliged. He will speak on a range of intriguing clinical presentations in neuro-optometry and neuro-opthalmology. His lectures will cover: the neuro-ophthalmology of multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy and the optometrist.

Another of the keynote speakers is Associate Professor Roth, a clinical optometrist with a degree in pharmacology, who is well-known to many as one of Victoria’s leading commentators on optometry and therapeutics. He will lecture this year on Dry Eye therapy (what to do beyond ocular lubricants?) and the future role he sees for oral medications in optometry.

Dr. Neil Shuey will present Neuro-Ophthalmology Grand Rounds. Associate Professor Mark Roth and clinical optometrist Nicole Leong will present Anterior Eye Grand Rounds, and the Clinician Grand Rounds will feature several local Victorian optometrists: Elisse Higginbotham, Ken Long, Graham Lakkis, George Stamatelatos, and Janelle Scully.

Among other featured topics this year will be diabetic retinopathy (Nicola Prichard), corneal wound healing (Ben Ashby), and a patient perspective on the barriers to accessing treatment for ‘wet’ AMD (Julie Heraghty). Dr. Laurie Sullivan will discuss developments in corneal surgery for keratoconus and endothelial disease.

The Workshops

To help you top-up on your CPD there are additional workshops available to you plus a training workshop on CPR also available to practice staff.

The always popular Professor Algis Vingrys will take a new look at an old problem: a workshop on angle closure glaucoma, and what it means in modern clinical optometry. Professor Susan Cotter’s workshop will look at the management of intermittent exotropia, and Professor Madonna will demystify the technique of gonioscopy.

The Free List

Free workshops and events at 2010 SRC include: The Optical Manufacturer’s Breakfast Symposium (‘Demystifying Technology’) and the CooperVision Symposium (Silicone Hydrogel Torics) where you can learn how to fit your astigmatic patients with silicone hydrogel torics lenses.

After a popular debut last year, the Optical Dispensers and Manufacturer’s Association (ODMA) will host a special Business Session: Independents Survival Guide – Tricks of the Trade for Success. Leading small business expert and author, Linda Hailey, will focus on the optical industry with practical advice and strategies for independent optometrists.

Child Care, Business Centre & Recycling

We’ve heard you … and made a number of changes and additions to this year’s SRC. We are pleased to announce that free childcare is available to conference delegates in 2010. Indicate your interest when registering online.

Free access to the internet and printing facilities will be available at the SRC Business Centre located in the SRC Info Hub. You can use these facilities to print PDF handouts of lecture notes, check your email, or print out your flight check-ins.

In keeping with the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre ‘6 Star Green Star’ environmental rating we have made efforts to reduce paper products and waste at SRC. Recycle bins will be available in the Trade Expo area and delegates will receive copies of conference presentations on CD for ongoing reference. Should you want to print copies of any conference papers whilst at SRC you can do so free of charge at the SRC Info Hub.

SRC 2010 is on at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Saturday 15 to Monday 17 May. For more information and registration details go to: www.optometrists.asn.au/victoria

Kirsty Machon is the Policy Manager of Optometrists Association Victoria, and contributing editor of Scope magazine. Further information about SRC is available from the Optometrists Association Victoria on (AUS) 03 9652 9100.