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HomemioptometryJoining Forces: Stronger Together

Joining Forces: Stronger Together

The new Optometry Australia membership year kicks off in the southern states of Australia with O=Mega19 and Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress.

O Vic/SA

The time for Optometry Victoria and Optometry South Australia to come together as one association is rapidly approaching. This will be an historic moment, which was supported last year with an overwhelming member vote to amalgamate. Since that time we’ve been working very hard to deliver on our promise to ensure that members of O Vic/SA all receive a higher level of service at a lower cost.

By now members from both jurisdictions will have received their renewal letters – we hope you’ve noticed that it’s now cheaper to be a member than it was in 2018–19.

contact me – I’d love the chance to convince you that this profession is genuinely stronger together

To all of those who have re-joined, thank you so much for your show of support, we’ll continue to do everything we can to help you have strong, interesting, and well-remunerated careers. To those who are oscillating – please call me and let me outline all we have in store for members over the coming year. Finally, to those non-members who are thinking of coming on board, definitely contact me – I’d love the chance to convince you that this profession is genuinely stronger together.

For us, the new membership year starts off with O=MEGA19, from 19–21 July at the beautifully renovated and extended Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre. Support from the optometry profession and the optics industry has been overwhelming, and we will see the largest eye care and eyewear clinical conference and exhibition ever seen in Australia. I strongly encourage mivision readers to come and see for themselves.

This event forms part of the overall conference and events package that O Vic/ SA will roll out for members across both jurisdictions throughout 2019–20. We’ll visit more regions than ever before, have a broader offering for our early career members, and begin our new single day, single issue ‘Blue Sky presents/SRC presents’ concept to deliver high level face to face CPD in an exciting new way.

I look forward to working with you all again throughout 2019–20.

O Tas

Hobart is the place to visit in August. Hobart has a temperate climate with an August average temperature range of 6C to 14C with possible snow on Mount Wellington.

This year-round destination boasts attractions like Salamanca Market and the historic waterfront. Hobart also plays host to the annual Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress (TLC).

The TLC website is now live with conference details and registration available. This year, the conference is being held in Hobart from 23–25 August at the Wrest Point Hotel.

The conference dinner is being held at Sea Grass and is complimentary with full registration. The contact lens breakfast will be held, once again, on the Sunday morning. TLC is a great opportunity for delegates to gain their required CPD points in one event. There are many therapeutic points on offer as well.

This year, our keynote speaker – Alan Saks – will present on Make optometry great again. A third generation optometrist, Alan serves as the CEO of The Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia and is a writer for mivision journal.

In addition to Alan’s keynote, we have a varied and interesting list of presentations to offer delegates. Additionally, we have introduced a practice support staff delegate stream, with presentations provided by James Gibbins and Chedy Kalach from Australasian College of Optical Dispensing.

TLC is a great chance to hear from industry experts and speak with your colleagues. Last year the conference reached maximum delegate capacity, so register early!

Full details are available on the conference website: www.optometry.org.au/tas/tlc/ We hope to see you at TLC!