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Tasmania’s Lifestyle Congress – Going Local

Everything’s impossible until somebody does it. And so it was this year when, for the first time, Optometry Tasmania succeeded in gathering almost all the State’s ophthalmologists together to present at the annual Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress.

Optometrists from around the country braved the cool climes of Hobart in late August to hear from the likes of ophthalmologists Simran Mangat; Nitin Verma; Andrew Traill, Zoe Gao and Richard Sheard; optometrists Michael Yapp and Andrew Maver, and keynote speakers Associate Professor Lori Vollmer and Professor Joseph Sowka.

Associate Professor Lori Vollmer and Professor Joseph Sowka travelled to TLC from the United States. The optometrists are regular, popular fixtures on the program having presented at the Congress every second year since 2010.

Terrific Local Line-Up

Andrew Hogan, President of Optometry Australia and a speaker at TLC, said the event was “absolutely terrific” with the broadest program and the biggest line-up of local speakers ever. “We have had an influx of ophthalmologists in the State and they are all excellent. I invited them all to speak and they agreed! As a consequence, we put together a program of 30 minute presentations, which worked well.” Lectures interspersed with video presentations kept delegates engaged throughout the weekend.

It’s the best conference to try new equipment and have in depth discussions….

Optometrist Andrew Maver, also a speaker at TLC, said the line-up of speakers and topics was relevant with practical lessons for clinical improvements. “My highlight of the conference was being able to present the research that we have been doing at the Royal Hobart Hospital on how optometrists can make a difference for their patients with early macular degeneration,” said Mr. Maver. “For me, the speaker highlights were Clinical Associate Professor Nitin Verma on analysis of drusen in optical coherence tomography to predict which will progress to macular degeneration, and Kate Gifford, who spoke on myopia control.

“The key take home message that I took from the conference was that there are now myopia control alternatives that do not need a topographer and do not need the use of atropine for many years.”

Mr. Maver said the intimate nature of TLC was also conducive to finding out about new technology. “It’s the best conference to try new equipment and have in depth discussions with the representatives,” he said.

MONA Dinner

This year’s Congress dinner, sponsored by CooperVision, was held at the internationally famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on the Berriedale Peninsula in Hobart, which is always an experience, even for those who have been there before. “Mona is incomparable. The food and drink is magnificent, and the museum is constantly changing,” said Mr. Hogan. “Delegates were also treated to a performance from the Dominic Francis Grief Ensemble, one of Tasmania’s folk punk bands which has developed quite a following in the State.”

TLC 2018 takes place from 24–26 August