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Super Sunday to Tackle Suicide

The difficult topic of suicide and depression is to be discussed at Super Sunday, Optometry NSW’s annual CPD event, at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney on 29 May.

Psychologist Rachel Clements, from Centre for Corporate Health, will address delegates on mental health in the workplace, covering off how to identify a person with mental health issues and, if you suspect a person has mental health difficulties, how to broach the topic.

Ms. Clements will then broaden the conversation to discuss the management of personal mental health issues and those of family and friends.

Andrew McKinnon, CEO of Optometry NSW/ACT, said suicide was the great unspoken topic of our time, impacting many people’s lives at home and at work, and as such, it was important to bring it to the fore.

There are 42 CPD points available from Super Sunday as well as the Saturday workshop…

“We have had suicides within the profession, an optometrist recently told me of a 15-year old patient who confided her suicidal tendency during a consultation, and I’m sure all of our members have been exposed to suicide either through their own friends or those of their children.

“With this in mind, I felt it was very important to open the discussion and so I’m really thrilled to be introducing Rachel Clements to the Super Sunday program. Rachel is an expert on occupational stress, intervention, treatment and prevention. She is frequently in the media, commenting on workplace stress, resilience building, mental health and organisational functioning and was a panellist on the R U OK? Day Conversation Think Tank.”

Super Sunday includes a broad speaker list with experts from eye health and associated areas, including Professor Frances Boyle AM, a medical oncologist specialising in breast cancer and melanoma, who is involved in a current study focused on dry eye in patients on endocrine therapy for breast cancer. Professor Jacqueline Close, a consultant in orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Director of the Falls and Injury Prevention Group at Neuroscience Research Australia will also speak. Ophthalmologists on the program include Dr. Simon Chen, Associate Professor Clare Fraser, Dr. Michael Hennessy and Dr. Jay Yohendran. Optometrists include Angelica Ly, Sharon Oberstein, Andrew Hogan, Mark Koszek, Heidi Hunter and Daryl Guest.

A workshop entitled ‘Differential diagnosis of the ageing eye: normal or pathological’ will run at the Centre for Eye Health and one on low vision will run at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences on the Saturday preceding Super Sunday.

There are 42 CPD points available from Super Sunday as well as the Saturday workshop. Super Sunday will be on at the Australian Technology Park, Redfern on Sunday 29 May. To register visit: registration.optometrynsw.org.au

To download the Super sunday Conference Program click here

[NB: In 2017 Super Sunday will be held earlier in the year from 9-11 March to run in conjunction with Silmo Sydney at the yet-to-be-opened Sydney Convention Centre.]


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