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Register to Attend Myopia Progression in Children Conference

The 2023 Myopia Progression in Children Conference (MPIC) will take place in Sydney on Saturday, 10 June, 2023.

The conference is organised by Myopia Australia, an organisation founded by Sydney-based paediatric ophthalmologist Dr Loren Rose to help increase public and industry awareness regarding myopia in children in an Australian context. This awareness includes acknowledging and assisting in further education on best management.

MPIC 2023 will follow a format similar to the inaugural event in 2022, with interactive components, industry participation, and accreditation for CPD points from Optometry Australia.

The 2023 panel will comprise Dr Rose, Dr Shanel Sharma and Dr Trent Sandercoe, as well as two Sydney-based optometrists – Mariella Coluccio and Homma Ebrahimi – who will share interesting case studies from their own practices.

Eye health professionals who attend MPIC will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest research-proven methods for monitoring and intervening in myopia progression in children, including current research regarding intervention:

including lifestyle, refractive and pharmacological approaches. A comprehensive management plan for myopia progression in children, an extended panel discussion of difficult cases, and guidelines on referral recommendations for other tests and imaging will be included.

The 2023 panel will comprise Dr Rose, Dr Shanel Sharma and Dr Trent Sandercoe, as well as two Sydney-based optometrists – Mariella Coluccio and Homma Ebrahimi

About the Speakers

Dr Loren Rose

Dr Rose is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University and an Associate Professor at the University of Canberra. With a long history of university teaching, including basic sciences at Sydney University to medical and science students, Dr Rose is involved in ophthalmic registrar training in her public VMO position at Bankstown hospital and the Burwood Private rooms. She also works in rooms in Bankstown, Wentworthville and Canberra. Dr Rose completed her PhD titled Myopia progression in children in 2022.

Dr Shanel Sharma

Dr Sharma undertook her Ophthalmology specialty training at Prince of Wales Hospital / Sydney Children’s Hospital. She then held the prestigious Professorial Senior Registrar position at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2006. Dr Sharma was awarded her Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (FRANZCO) in 2007 and undertook Postgraduate fellowships in Strabismus at The Western Eye Hospital in London, as well as a Paediatric and Strabismus Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. She was a locum Paediatric Ophthalmology Consultant at St Mary’s Hospital during her time in London. Dr Sharma also undertook medical retina clinics including performing intravitreal injections at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Dr Shanel Sharma has been a consultant at Sydney Eye Hospital and at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Dr Trent Sandercoe

Prior to starting medicine Dr Sandercoe completed a Bachelor of Medical Science with Honours at Sydney University. He later embarked on a PhD looking at Retinal Vascular Development at Sydney University, simultaneously completing his medical degree at the same university. Dr Sandercoe completed his Ophthalmology Training at Sydney Eye Hospital in 2011 and was awarded FRANZCO after completing a General Ophthalmology Fellowship at Royal North Shore Hospital in 2012. In 2013-14 he completed a Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. He then undertook a Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, in 2014-15.

Mariella Coluccio

Optometrist Mariella Coluccio is a Director of Specsavers Bankstown in Sydney. She has practised in both independent and corporate optometry and has interests in myopia management, clinical care, clinical mentorship, and business mentorship. She was the 2021 Inaugural Winner of the Dame Mary Perkins Award for Outstanding Patient Care.

Homma Ebrahimi 

Optometrist Homma Ebrahimi graduated from UNSW in 2014 and is a Director of Specsavers Bankstown in Sydney. She also works to improve access to eye care in her community through her involvement with the Newtown Asylum Seeker Centre.