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HomemioptometryA Year of Education: OQld/NT

A Year of Education: OQld/NT

Optometrists from across Australia and New Zealand are soon to converge upon Queensland’s Gold Coast for the annual Australian Vision Convention (AVC) from 4–5 April 2020.

2020 provides an opportunity to look to the future for eye care and the optometry industry. With this in mind, the annual Australian Vision Convention has been themed ‘Vision Beyond 2020’and will focus on innovative diagnosis, management and treatment of the eye, as well as vision related problems.

AVC will attract up to 45.75 points including up to three manufacturer/supplier points and up to 27 therapeutic points

OQld/NT and its education committee have prepared a jam packed program, with highlights that include renowned clinician-scientist, Dr Jack Phu. Dr Phu’s plenary session, The optometrist’s guide to angle closure spectrum disease, will provide practical clinical tips immediately applicable to daily practice, as well as an evidence-based update on diagnosis and management.

David Foresto will join delegates on Sunday 5 April to present a one hour lecture titled, The melting point – managing corneal compromise. This lecture will explore optimal management techniques for compromised corneas, including infectious and inflammatory conditions. Delegates will leave with new and evidence-based treatment options for both acute and chronic corneal disease.

QUT Optometry & Vision Science Head of School, Professor Sharon Bentley’s plenary session is sure to be a highlight. Titled The top technology solutions for your patients with low vision, Sharon will present the latest technology solutions for vision and where to find them. With more than 60% of older people being online and familiar with technology, age is no barrier in this space and patients are ready to be informed of their options.

Delegates will also hear from Dr Phillipa Sharwood, adult and paediatric ophthalmologist at Queensland Children’s Hospital. Presenting a workshop on Examination and management of accommodative esotropia and intermittent exotropia, Dr Sharwood will explore the two most common forms of childhood strabismus. In the interactive session, delegates will discuss techniques to examine these conditions including pearls for young children.

To round out the program, Professor Fiona Stapleton from UNSW will present Dry eye – who gets it, what causes it, and diagnosis and management update. With dry eye accounting for up to 25% of ophthalmic consults, this session will provide an update and uncover new learnings which assist in the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease.

In addition to this great program, we are excited to announce a new and unique conference dinner experience. This year, our delegates will travel by train to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday night, 4 April, to enjoy an exclusive wildlife show, with delicious dinner and drinks – this night will be full of fun for all ages!

AVC will attract up to 45.75 points including up to three manufacturer/ supplier points and up to 27 therapeutic points. With a sold out exhibition hall, this is an event that is not to be missed.

Registrations are still open online at bit.ly/avc2020, or alternatively you can contact the OQNT team on (AUS) 07 3839 4411.


Back by popular demand, we are also excited about our 2020 Member Hub Meetings taking place in Darwin, Brisbane, Bundaberg and region, Cairns and surrounds, Gold Coast QLD and Tweed region NSW, Rockhampton, and Toowoomba and surrounds.

OQNT also has a full schedule of OQNT ECO group events featuring workshops, CPD nights, and social activities. Stay tuned for event details at bit.ly/OQNT-events.


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