The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry (ACBO) has recognised two outstanding members of the eye care sector: Tony Cosentino, managing director of British Optical Corporation (BOC Instruments) and behavioural optometrist Sarah Sweeney, principal of Artios Optometry.
Mr Consentino, who celebrated the 100th anniversary of BOC this year, was awarded ACBO President’s award for significant contribution to behavioural optometry.
Mr Consentino joined BOC Instruments in 1980 as Technical Consultant before becoming General Manager in 1989. He and Luisa Consentino bought 50% equity in 1995 when the former took over as Managing Director. They completed family ownership in 2013.
A keen fisherman and lover of Australian red wines, Mr Consentino generously donates a case of wine every year, for auction at ACBO’s National Conference, in aid of the Sue Larter Vision Trust, which provides funding for vision therapy programmes for children who cannot otherwise financially afford it.
Over the years, he has travelled great distances to supply and install consulting room equipment for the Opening Eyes program of Special Olympics, which is organised around Australia by ACBO members led by Susan Walton.
Mr Consentino… was awarded ACBO President’s award for significant contribution to behavioural optometry
Keith Woodland Award
The Keith Woodland Award for outstanding contribution to behavioural vision care, commemorates Keith Woodland as one of the pioneers of behavioural optometry in Australia. It was first awarded in 1989, to recognise altruistic service and significant contribution to behavioural vision care.
In 2020 the Keith Woodland Award is presented to Sarah Sweeney.
Ms Sweeney graduated from (QUT) Queensland University of Technology in 2000, is therapeutically qualified, and achieved Fellowship of ACBO in 2007. She has served on the ACBO Fellowship Exam Board, is a clinical supervisor in the fourth and fifth year specialist clinic and a lecturer at the QUT School of Optometry, guiding and teaching techniques for binocular vision assessment of children and adults.
Ms Sweeney recently established Artios Optometry and spends most of her time in consultation and rehabilitation of binocular vision anomalies caused by concussion, whiplash, head trauma, chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple sclerosis, stroke, adrenal fatigue and spectrum disorders.