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Optical Dispensers Must be “Brave and Creative”

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The latest crop of Optical Dispensers has just graduated at a gala ceremony held at Sydney’s Cockle Bay Wharf.

Congratulating the students, the President of the International Opticians Association, Paul Clarke urged them to be “brave and creative independent entrepreneurs” to ensure the profession remains alive. While franchise organisations were “good employers”, there was a need for independent operators, he said.

It is a worthwhile and rewarding profession, Mr. Clarke said, and he encouraged the new graduates to give something back through involvement in professional organisations and pro-bono work,

Sixty seven students graduated with a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing at the event held last Friday 1 April. Two students received an Australasian Dispensing Opticians Association (ADOA) Diploma in Ophthalmic Practice.

… the President of the International Opticians Association, Paul Clarke urged them to be “brave and creative independent entrepreneurs” to ensure the profession remains alive

Krystle Thomson won the Open Training and Education Network (OTEN) Course Prize, with Anna Gellatly receiving the Second in Course Prize. They also received the TAFE NSW State Medal for Optical Dispensing, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

The OTEN Practical Dispensing Prize was awarded to Erica Small. Sara Nabhani received the OTEN Achievement Award. The Sydney Institute Course Prize winner was Khanh Quoc Lam.