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High Expectations for APAO

Expectations are high for the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Congress, which is expected to attract more than 5,000 ophthalmologists from around the world, to Sydney in March next year.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) is hosting the Congress and expects its success will mirror that of the 2002 World Ophthalmology Congress.

“All in all, it is shaping up to be one of the most worthwhile meetings you could hope to attend,” says Congress President Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg, of Sydney. “No one who attends will be disappointed.”

Assoc. Professor Goldberg said the Scientific Program Committee includes wide-ranging sub-specialists within each area of ophthalmology, from many different countries.

The global faculty will be one of the best ever, offering the chance for unrivalled upskilling in knowledge and techniques in any part of our broad curriculum

“With the guidance of the Chair of the Scientific Program Committee, Professor Charles McGhee, from Auckland, New Zealand, along with Professor Peter McCluskey (Sydney), a most impressive program covering all aspects of ophthalmology with several innovative sessions has been assembled,” Assoc. Professor Goldberg said.

“The global faculty will be one of the best ever, offering the chance for unrivalled upskilling in knowledge and techniques in any part of our broad curriculum.”

The program includes symposia, courses and workshops from leading ophthalmologists and subspecialists, as well as free papers, posters, live surgery demonstrations and a video teaching centre.

Subspecialty programs will run concurrently and include Cataract and refractive surgery; Medical and surgical retina; Cornea and external disease; Inflammatory eye diseases; Glaucoma; Laboratory eye research; Neuro-ophthalmology; Ocular imaging; Ocular microbiology and infectious diseases; Ocular pathology and tumors; Epidemiology ; Oculoplastics and orbital disease; Education; Paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and Prevention of blindness.

There will be sessions of particular interest to other eye care professionals, including ophthalmic nurses, orthoptists and optometrists.

Assoc. Professor Goldberg said the global industry exhibition would bring to Sydney the latest technologies and instrumentation available to help ophthalmologists better serve their patients. This, alone, would offer registrants hours of information about advances and upgrades, he said.

Professor Frank Martin, who is in charge of industry sponsorship and exhibition, says APAO 2011 has had very positive support from the ophthalmic industry.

Conference organisers have also promised a memorable social program, including an opening ceremony which is billed as combining “formality with entertainment and performances reflecting the theme, significance and heritage of the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology”.

The APAO Congress will be held from 20 to 24 March 2011. Early-bird registrations close on 15 January 2011. Online registrations and other information are available via the Congress web site: www.apaosydney2011.com.