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Embracing Change for the Future

In a changing world, it’s essential to be open to change, whether it’s in leadership, structure or knowledge.


Andrew Hogan

Change is interesting. Change is scary. Change is important for parking meters. But mostly I think change is opportunity. Optometry Australia is undergoing some changes at the moment. The really nice thing about those changes is that they are about people, and people are one of the most important things about our Association.

Optometry Australia has been hunting for a new Chief Executive Officer to work with our national board and the talented staff in national office. This is one of the most important tasks that we could possibly undertake as a board, as the CEO is often the person who drives our narrative and implements policies to further our profession. It’s proving to be a really interesting and challenging process. As an association it is something we haven’t had to do very often. I was amazed at the calibre and number of applications we had for the position, showing the high regard that people in the sector have for Optometry Australia.

…AVC has it all, the choice is yours

Our current Acting National Policy Manager, Kirsty Machon, stepped into the role as Acting CEO during our search. Kirsty has been involved in optometry and public health issues for a long time and I commend her willingness to step up at this time. Our National Marketing and Brand Manager, Kerry I’Anson, took up the role of Acting Chief Operating Officer, and along with her, all the senior staff and department heads are adding to their roles. To see the office staff adapt to change so smoothly has been amazing. I am enjoying working with them.

National Office has moved! Moving house is never fun but the staff are loving the new, more spacious location. I don’t have any information on the quality of the local coffee shops but it is South Melbourne, so I expect some chap with a beard on a Malvern Star bike probably delivers lattes via a smartphone app.

And finally OA has a new national president. He’s from Tasmania and spends a lot of time talking about Batman on the internet. It’s going to be an interesting year…


Cathryn Baker

With Australian Vision Convention (AVC) just around the corner, the team here at OQNT are buzzing with excitement and anticipation, ready to host and make this event the most enjoyable yet. Register now to avoid disappointment!

This year’s clinical program promises 25 strong, distinguished speakers from across Australia, delivering insight in to the latest research and technologies. Tailor your experience and choose from the wide range of clinical lectures, workshops and networking events.

This multifaceted event encourages you to Design Your Own program to suit your specific needs and interests. Whether you are curious about contact lens related red eye, want to learn more about driving with poor vision, further your knowledge in myopia control or discover more about the latest news in optometric technologies, AVC has it all, the choice is yours.

We are proud to welcome Dr. Lauren Ayton to AVC to present on vision restoration and retinal disease. Dr. Ayton is the clinical team leader of the Bionic Vision Australia (BVA) project which has recently celebrated the world first clinical trial of a novel bionic eye. We’re excited to have Dr. Ayton presenting not one but two clinical lectures at AVC 2017. Alongside Dr. Ayton, further speaker highlights include Assoc. Prof. Graham Lee, Dr. David Hilford, Dr. Isabelle Jalbert, Dr. Mark Chiang, and Andrew Laming MP. Just to name a few!

To complement the interactive program, AVC also features daily breakfast sessions, CPR and CASA refresher courses, an exclusive conference dinner and complimentary child minding. It’s not too late to register!

To view all conference information and to register visit http://www.optometryqldnt.org.au/avc-home
or phone (AUS) 07 3839 4411.