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Focussing on the Gold Coast

Themed ‘Sharpening Your Focus’, the much-anticipated Australian Vision Congress (AVC 2024) is just around the corner, from 6–7 June.

Our Queensland Northern Territory Education Committee has meticulously planned a CPD program with the goal to bring together experts to share their knowledge and vision, advancing the clinical practice of optometrists in Australia and beyond.

Hosted at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre, participants can look forward to a diverse range of speakers covering clinical, therapeutic, and professional development topics.

Some exciting highlights include presentations by renowned figures such as Dr Lindsay McGrath, Associate Professor Abhishek Sharma, and David Foresto.

Dr McGrath will delve into the treatment of ocular tumours and effects of cancer treatment on the eye. Attendees can expect to learn about the various modalities available for primary and adjuvant treatment of intraocular tumours; alongside available systemic therapies for metastatic disease and their effect on the eyes and other parts of the body.

Explore cutting-edge macula research with Assoc Prof Sharma as he focusses on key advancements in understanding and managing prevalent macular conditions. From breakthroughs in diagnosing age-related macular degeneration to the latest insights on treating diabetic macular oedema, Assoc Prof Sharma aims to equip optometrists with actionable knowledge to enhance their patient care and stay informed on the forefront of macular research.

In Australia, over 400,000 people live with dementia, and this number is expected to double by 2058. But are optometrists ready to support a dementia-friendly future in eye care? Dr Bao Nguyen will provide tips on how to adapt your testing, communication, and management plans to ensure that every person living with dementia has the best opportunity to see well, and to live well.

In addition to these live sessions, the AVC hybridised program includes pre-recorded material available on the Congress platform, featuring insights on aviation optometry examinations by Candice Pearson, managing digital eyestrain (including dry eye treatment) by Elspeth Wrigley, troubleshooting contact lens problems by Sarah Coudrey, Dr Melinda Toomey speaking on adapting eye examinations for individuals with hearing impairments, and many more.

All recorded sessions will be available ondemand, to registered in-person and virtual delegates, on the AVC platform for four months following the Congress closure.

Alongside AVC 2024’s incredible learning opportunities, the annual Congress program includes a relaxed networking event on Saturday evening, providing attendees with a chance to connect over canapés and freeflowing drinks.

Get ready for an absolute blast at AVC 2024 in April!

We can’t wait to see you join in the fun.


OQNT will be making a submission to the Health Workforce Strategy for Queensland to 2032. This submission aims to build on the existing efforts of optometrists in Queensland Health and those practising in the community. Leveraging their unique position, optometrists can play a crucial role in providing timely eye health solutions, conveniently located near patients’ residences. Our submission seeks to reshape the collaborative role of optometrists, challenging traditional care models and locations, with the overarching goal to enhance the efficiency and timeliness of eye care services for public patients.


Our Darwin-based OQNT board members, Asha Mahasuria and Teagan Lehmann, are set to deliver more opportunities for face-to-face events for optometrists in the Territory. By facilitating member gatherings, we aim to provide locally delivered CPD opportunities and create a platform for members to have their voices heard.

Additionally, considering the upcoming election in the Northern Territory, the Territory optometry community plans to engage in lobbying efforts with the government. The focal point of these efforts will be on addressing critical issues related to community eye care.


Save the dates, from 6–7 July for North Queensland Vision (NQV) 2024 in Cairns.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the latest advancements, techniques, and breakthroughs in the field of optometry as industry leaders and experts gather to share their knowledge and insights.

This unique event will feature world-class speakers, an incredible trade hall, a spectacular conference dinner, endless networking opportunities, and so much more.

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