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A Fresh Start to CPD

Revamped conferences present a refreshing opportunity for optometrists to get an early start on their CPD.


Pete Haydon

February is a time of great energy in the Optometry Victoria office. This year is extra special, as we put the final touches on SRC in our wonderful new venue, the Pullman and Mercure in Albert Park

I want to thank all of our loyal sponsors and exhibitors, and in particular, our major sponsors, Alcon and CR Surfacing Laboratories. It is because of their support that we are able to run SRC – the largest gathering of independent optometrists in Australia in 2016 – to such a high level of sophistication, while keeping the costs to delegates as low as possible.

AVC 2016 has a new look and feel…

I strongly encourage members to take note of the companies that support SRC and, where possible, give them your business. They are supporting you and the profession through their continued involvement.

Naturally, for us the educational program will always remain the primary focus – it’s what our delegates demand of us and it’s why they return year after year. In 2016 we’ve secured the services of an exceptional group of speakers from home and abroad, all determined to expand on the latest developments in the field. All the CPD points you need are available here, in one place over one weekend.

Our newly convened Young Optometrists Victoria group has helped us put together the program for the welcome return of the SRC Careers Expo. We anticipate over 100 optometry students will register for this event which runs as an accompaniment to the main program. Visit www.optometry.org.au/vic/src or call the office on (AUS) 03 9652 9100 for all program details.

Finally on SRC, five star accommodation at the Pullman and four star rooms at the neighbouring Mercure are available to delegates at exceptionally competitive rates. With all that Melbourne in summer has to offer, why not make a weekend of it?

During and after the event many of our delegates will form a view about the new SRC. I strongly urge participants to seek me out and discuss their thoughts – I welcome all feedback.

See you next month.


Cathryn Baker

OQNT recently reinstated regular location specific member meetings and to date OQNT Directors have had the pleasure of joining five such meetings in the Darling Downs, Darwin, Far North Queensland, Gold Coast and Townsville. These meetings have allowed members to discuss issues/concerns within their local area and on a national level. OQNT Directors have been on hand to answer questions and listen to feedback and suggestions on how best to support members within each region. This feedback and information is instrumental in helping OQNT support its members effectively. More meetings are scheduled for Brisbane/Ipswich, Mackay, Rockhampton and Wide Bay.

Another key area of activity has included planning for Australian Vision Convention, which will be held from 2–3 April on the Gold Coast. AVC 2016 has a new look and feel, accompanied by a ‘design your own’ tagline.

The AVC Committee has worked tirelessly to create a program incorporating great educational content in both plenary and workshop format. With breakout session topics including dry eye and gland expression with Dr. Julie Albietz, scleral lens and RGP with Celia Bloxsom, and red eye grand rounds with Dr. Luke Maccheron and Associate Professor Graham Lee to name a few, it comes as no surprise that AVC 2016 is proving to be a hit.

Alongside the interactive program, AVC includes daily breakfast sessions, a generous sample of exhibitors, an exclusive conference dinner on the Saturday night, optional online assessment and complimentary child minding.

Visit www.etouches.com/avc2016 or phone (AUS) 07 3839 4411.


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