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Keen for an Edu-VA-cation

You know what they say about all work and no play! Would some time in Queensland help?, asks Cathryn Baker.

The Australian Vision Convention (AVC) and the North Queensland Vision conference (NQV) provide not only second to none educational experiences but also give you the opportunity to spend some time in two of the most incredible locations Queensland has to offer: The beautiful Gold Coast and stunning Cairns.

The significance of the Smart Eye Start initiative lies in its early intervention approach to address any potential eye conditions

AVC 2024 is returning to the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on the weekend of 6–7 April 2024.

The Education Committee is curating a program with a diverse array of lectures, captivating presentations, interactive workshops, and more. Each element of the program is thoughtfully designed to cater to the many and varied interests and expertise of our delegates, promising an enriching and entertaining experience for all.

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from a stellar line-up of experts and trailblazers in the field of eye care, including David Foresto – who will deliver a lecture titled ‘Therapeutic restoration of the ocular surface’.

Dr Lindsay McGrath – a specialist eye and eyelid surgeon with experience in a wide range of ophthalmic and oculoplastic procedures – is locked in to present a lecture on the treatment of ocular tumours and the effects of cancer treatment on the eye.

Dr Cameron McLintock – an ophthalmologist with sub-specialist expertise in cataract surgery, refractive and laser eye surgery and corneal transplantation – will present on the co-management of refractive eye surgery.

The Australian Vision Convention remains the benchmark for all hybrid conferences. Discover more on the association’s website at: optometryqldnt.org.au/avc.


Meanwhile, NQV 2024 is back by popular demand and will be held from 6–7 July 2024.

A favourite on the conference calendar, NQV will once again bring optometrists from all corners of the country together at this tropical paradise, where they will expand their knowledge, hone their skills, and get up-todate with the ever-evolving field of optometry.

Over two action-packed days, delegates will hear from, and get to chat with industry innovators through a program of educationalm and entertaining lectures and question and answer sessions.

Beyond the educational aspect, NQV is set to foster invaluable networking opportunities, allowing delegates to connect, exchange ideas, and forge lasting collaborations.

And let’s not forget the social events that are bound to add a touch of fun and relaxation to the program. Find out more at: optometryqldnt.org.au/nqv.

We are looking forward to welcoming back the incredible exhibitors who have rushed to join us for the AVC 2024 and NQV 2024 trade shows, and we invite any prospective exhibitors to contact us now to ensure they don’t miss out.


The Smart Eye Start initiative, offered exclusively to OQNT Members, encourages parents to prioritise their children’s visual wellbeing by taking them for a comprehensive eye examination before starting primary school or entering high school.

The significance of the Smart Eye Start initiative lies in its early intervention approach to address any potential eye conditions. By identifying and treating these issues early on, we can pave the way for a smoother educational journey and empower students to excel in their studies and extracurricular activities.

The Smart Eye Start initiative focuses not only on children but also on fostering lasting patient/optometrist relationships. By encouraging parents to initiate regular eye exams for their children, the program instils a sense of awareness about eye health from an early age.

Moreover, OQNT recognises the importance of involving the entire family in promoting eye health. With Smart Eye Start acting as a prompt, the initiative encourages family members to book their regular eye exams. This collective effort towards better eye health not only benefits the individual but strengthens the overall wellbeing of the family unit.

The uptake of the OQNT Smart Eye Start program continues to grow strongly in schools throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Members, talk to OQNT about registering as a Smart Eye Start optometrist or find out more on the association’s website.

Cathryn Baker is the Chief Executive Officer of Optometry Queensland Northern Territory.