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Legends in Australian Eye Care Recognised

Emeritus Professor Nathan Efron AC has been conferred on his retirement with the title Emeritus Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, in a graduation ceremony in Brisbane on 15 December. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, read a citation which stated in part, “Professor Efron’s contribution in his field is well known and has earned him a number of significant awards, not least of which are the prestigious H. Barry Collin Research Medal in 2015 and being made a Companion of the Order of Australia the same year. He is known to be an energetic and stimulating presenter who engages audiences with thought-provoking discourse”.

Prof. Efron was presented with a commemorative, framed certificate by the Chancellor of the University, Tim Fairfax AC, and invited to deliver the occasional address. He directed his comments largely to the assembled graduates, with the inspiring theme “Just do it”.

Prof. Efron told mivision, “receiving this honour was especially poignant for me. I kept thinking back to the Latin motto of the University of Melbourne, where I received my optometry degree. That motto is ‘Postera Crescum Laude’, which translates to ‘I shall rise in the esteem of future generations’. So here I was, standing before the graduates – who are of course the ‘future generation’ – having just been conferred the Emeritus Professor title. This indicated to me that I have lived up to the aspirations enshrined in the motto of my alma mater, which is very gratifying.

“I have had a very rewarding and fulfilling working life, so to receive the Emeritus Professor title on my retirement was especially satisfying … a kind of crowning accolade overarching my academic career.”

I have had a very rewarding and fulfilling working life, so to receive the Emeritus Professor title on my retirement was especially satisfying

Prof. Efron further said he and his optometrist wife Suzanne have become ‘grey nomads’, fulfilling a long-held dream of travelling around Australia in a caravan. As expected, he has not however totally retired. “I am still working on lots of optometry-related projects”, he said. The third edition of his popular book, Contact Lens Practice, was recently published and he continues to write scientific papers – two of which were published in Issue 1, 2017 of Clinical and Experimental Optometry (CXO). Prof. Efron continues to accept international speaking engagements and is currently Chairman of the CXO journal’s editorial board. “You have not heard the last of me,” he said.

Professor Kovin Naidoo Receives AAO Award

On 10 November 2016, at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) meeting in Anaheim USA, Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, received the prestigious Henry B. Peters Memorial Award for his exemplary contribution to public health and vision care. An AAO spokesman said “Dr. Naidoo is an outstanding academic, researcher, educator and public health innovator who has been revolutionising access and delivery of eye care in Africa and for the poor and disadvantaged throughout the world.”

In response to this award, Prof. Naidoo said, “I am humbled by this recognition as the Academy is the home of our colleagues who are committed to quality in all efforts whether it is clinical services, education or public health. I hope many optometrists reading this article will question what they can do for the disadvantaged of our country, continent and world. No profession can claim to be truly relevant unless it serves the majority of the people especially the most disadvantaged.”

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