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New Faces, New Opportunities Driving Change

We welcome a fresh start to the year with new leaders driving change and innovative opportunities to advance your career.


2020 is already shaping up to be our best yet. We extend a warm welcome to our new Board members, Michael Yapp and Heidi Hunter, each of whom we are honoured to have on the team. Huge thanks to departing Board members Peter Herse and Jules Baggoley who have generously given their time, energy and passion throughout their term on the Board – we will miss having them around and wish them every success in future endeavours.

We congratulate Margaret Lam on being elected as a director of Optometry Australia. She replaces Steve Zantos who joined the national board in 2015 but has now stepped down. Ms Lam and Mr Zantos are also members of their state council.

2020 is set to be a great year for CPD. Registration for Super Sunday, our premier face to face event on 8 March at Luna Park, is closing very soon! Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this world-class event and hear the latest updates from an exciting program of speakers. Up to 30 CPD points are available in one day.

The 2020 event will see the introduction of the Early Career Optometrists’ (ECO) stream as an option for the afternoon session. This program, developed by ECOs and Early Career Optometrists NSW/ACT (ECONA), promises to deliver a relevant and engaging program to our most recently graduated members.

This year’s Super Sunday will also include the ProVision-sponsored Practice Staff program, available to up to two practice staff per OA member. A few places are still available so don’t miss the chance to upskill your front office team in the art of excellent customer service and marketing.


ECONA has expanded its activities for 2020 with the formation of two new subcommittees. We are delighted to welcome Judy Nam, a final year student at the School of Optometry UNSW, on board the Student Engagement sub-committee. Judy joins committee members Phoebe Wong and Sue Kweon and subcommittee member Jingyi Chen in further opening up the two-way conversation between student optometrists and their peak body – Optometry NSW/ACT.

Regional-based ECONA committeemembers Lauren Hutchinson, Lowana Littlechild and Wendy Saw will be recruiting for their Regional sub-committee, which will focus on how ONSW/ACT can better listen to and deliver value to its many rural and regionally-based members.

Registration for Super Sunday… is closing very soon


Already we are in the second month of the year and our thoughts turn to WAVE from 21–22 March. This year we are returning to the iconic Esplanade Hotel in historic Fremantle Western Australia.

For those few optometrists in Australia who may not be aware of what WAVE is all about, let me expand on WA’s premier CPD event: WAVE is a unique conference that combines practical education and training via a jam packed lecture series and clinical workshop program – all delivered by leading eye health professionals and other related practitioners. Together, the lecture program and workshops demonstrate the latest techniques and practical solutions to manage common and not so common ocular conditions. This year, the program offers up to 40.5 CPD points, including 24 therapeutic points.

The WAVE professional development program is complemented by an exhibition of first class, high quality, innovative suppliers to the industry and a program of networking and social activities to give you the break you deserve.

Regulars to WAVE will be looking forward to the incredibly well received sundowner by the pool, which provides the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and associates while witnessing the wonderful WA sunset over the beach and harbour. Interstate delegates may be tempted to package several tourist activities during one of the best times of the year to visit WA and enjoy its hospitality.

To book your tickets and accommodation for WAVE, simply phone the OWA office on (AUS) 08 9321 2300.

We look forward to seeing you there.