The monthly magazine of April 2015 AVC 2015 set to engage and enthrall - last chance to register! Optometrists from across the country will be arriving on the glorious Gold Coast in just over one weeks time for AVC 2015! With AVCs 10 to 12 April clinical program being its best yet, it comes as no surprise that registrations are still coming in. This program will prove to be an unmissable opportunity for optometrists to gain their annual CPD requirement, with topics to suit all practice types, from a high calibre presenter line up. Topic highlights of this much anticipated program include ocular oncology with renowned ophthalmologist Dr Sunil Warrier. Delegates will be given tools to accurately assess patients with suspicious conjunctival, choroidal and retinal lesions. Dr Warrier will outline what current treatment options are available for these lesions, giving delegates an overall update on ocular oncology. Melbourne paediatric optometrist Nelofar Deen will give delegates an understanding of common ‘red flags’ in the paediatric population. This will include differential diagnosis for common eye conditions and further insight into the optometric tests used to rule out these ‘red flags’. Professor Brien Holden OAM will be joining delegates on Saturday 11 April with his one hour presentation on the challenges of myopia. This lecture is one not to miss and will describe the variations in the normal pattern of peripheral refractive errors and the relative role of peripheral vision in refractive development. He will outline strategies optometrists can utilise in the management of their patients with myopia, identifying the behavioural and lifestyle changes that can be incorporated alongside optical and therapeutic care. Delegates will also find optometrist Richard Lindsay on AVCs 2015 program. Richard will The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of Optometry Queensland & Northern Territory Division. Acceptance of advertising does not necessarily include endorsement of advertised products. give attendees a better understanding as to how silicone hydrogel contact lenses can be best utilised in practice. They will also leave this lecture being able to describe how silicone hydrogel lenses can assist in the contact lens management of a wide variety of ocular conditions including high refractive error, astigmatism, keratoconus and post-surgical corneae. 2015 Fri-Sun 10-12 April Australian Vision Convention Gold Coast Convention Centre Tues 28 April Darling Downs Member Hub Toowoomba To round out the program Dr Peter Herse will use case studies to educate on the real world application of the OCT and SLO in clinical practice. He will give delegates an understanding on the differences between red, green and autofluorescence SLO imaging. Wed 6 May Young Optoms Seminar Optometry House Mon 18 May OQNT Employment Expo Brisbane Sat-Sun 3-4 October North Queensland Vision Pullman Cairns International As an extra benefit for optometrists and dispensers alike, AVC 2015 will hold a dispenser education session on Sunday 12 April. This stream will be held in addition to the main education session. Attendees will learn about ocular emergencies for those on the front line with Mark Hinds; view specific cases in modern progressives with Tim Thurn and Nicola Peaper from Essilor; and work on solution selling with Jim Colley and Karen Harmsen from ProVision. Every AVC full delegate can have a dispenser attend the education session for free!* TBA November OQNT AGM Optometry House TBA November VISIONaries awards night Brisbane Index 02 Darling Downs Member Hub Employment Expo set OQNT Strategic Plan reviewed Extraordinary Meeting set Young Optom group plan ahead 03 To top it all off delegates will be invited to experience a night of thrills and entertainment at the Gold Coast’s premier theme park Dreamworld, back by popular demand! This is your last chance to register! To view the full program and conference information and to register visit www.etouches.com/avc2015. Qld optom wins VIP pass YWAM Medical Ships Events Closing date for the May 2015 edition of SEE will be Thursday 30 April. * Every full delegate can register one dispenser/ practice staff member to attend the dispenser session for free on Sunday 12 April from 10:45am to 12:15pm, including lunch on conclusion of the session. Optometry Queensland & Northern Territory Optometry House, 58 St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill QLD 4000 Telephone: 07 3839 4411 Facsimile: 07 3839 4499 Email: [email protected] Web: www.optometry.org.au/qld see April 2015 Page 2 news Darling Downs Member Hub meeting set for 28 April The Member Hub meetings are off and running, with Townsville having held theirs in early March. Darling Downs members will have the opportunity to join their local Member Hub meeting (previously branch meeting) on Tuesday 28 April 2015. This meeting will prove to be a great avenue for members to discuss local issues and have their say. All members within this region will be contacted shortly with an official invitation. OQNT Employment Expo - save the date The annual OQNT Employment Expo is set for Monday 18 May. Mark your diaries now! The following motion will be considered, and if thought fit, passed as a special resolution: Confirm Change of name – replace in the constitution all references to “Optometrists Association Australia Queensland and Northern Territory” with “Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory”. OQNT Board review Strategic Plan OQNTs Young Optom group plan ahead On 18 March the OQNT Board of Directors met to review the Strategic Plan for the 2015/2016 period. This plan has been set to work alongside Optometry Australia’s National Strategic Plan. The top priorities will be released soon. OQNTs Young Optom group is planning ahead with a number of exciting and beneficial functions coming up. Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting Optometrists Association Australia Qld & NT Division (trading as Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory - ACN 009657265) Notice of Extraordinary Meeting Alongside a networking dinner for recent graduates being held alongside AVC next 30 0 The Expo will be held in Brisbane, 5:00 to An extraordinary meeting of members will be held at 6pm Monday 11 May 2015 at Optometry House, 58 St Pauls Terrace, Spring Hill Brisbane QLD 4000. 7:00 pm, with the venue to be confirmed shortly. For more information or to register your interest, contact Crystal on 07 3839 4411, [email protected] s - 10ml op dr can be used months after opening preservative-free phosphate-free compatible with all contact lenses See us at AVC 2015 see April 2015 week, the group are also coordinating an educational seminar to be held at Optometry House on Wednesday 6 May. Further exciting events, seminars and catch ups are also being discussed so keep an eye out! This group was set up specifically as an area for recent optometry graduates, with up to 5 years’ experience, to connect and communicate in a supportive environment. For those OQNT young optometrist members (up to 5 years out) who are not yet a part of the Young Optoms closed Facebook group, click here to join. Queensland optometrists wins theme park VIP pass Congratulations to Queensland optometrist Harsha Bhoola! Harsha has won two VIP Magic Passes for unlimited entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild on the Gold Coast, simply by registering for AVC 2015. Enjoy! Page 3 YWAM Medical Ships volunteers needed! YWAM Medical Ships Australia (YWAM MSA), is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers to care, connect, serve, and build with individuals and communities. YWAM MSA values individuals’ rights to quality of life. YWAM MSA is actively developing communities by addressing the health care and training needs in Papua New Guinea (PNG) alongside the priorities of the PNG National Health Plan and AusAID’s commitment to the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. If you’re looking for an opportunity to use your skills in a developing nation, then come and join us in Papua New Guinea! There is so much joy in handing a pair of spectacles to someone who otherwise would have very poor vision. Optometrists and assistants are needed to help prescribe and distribute spectacles. Visit www.ywamships.org for more information or email [email protected] events Brisbane Eye Clinic education The Brisbane Eye Clinic is pleased to support further education. CPD Seminars for Optometrists 2015: Monday 4th May (Brisbane City) Tuesday 4th August (Aspley) Tuesday 27th October (Brisbane City) For further details, or to express your interest, please contact Johanna Grundel at Brisbane Eye Clinic by phone or e-mail, +61 7 3832 1700, [email protected] North Queensland Vision set for October Save the date for the tropical conference of 2015! North Queensland Vision will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October, over the Labour Day long weekend. 2014 Project Highlights – Your donations at work With your help, Optometry Giving Sight allocated $1.5 million to 35 projects in 27 countries in 2014 - transforming the lives of tens of thousands of individuals. Sahondranirina and Raveloson are two students from Madagascar who have just completed their Diplomas of Optometry in Mali, West Africa*. Highlights: • 152,441 people screened They recently returned home after 3 years of studying abroad with some big dreams for the future. • 19,961 glasses dispensed • 8,151 referrals made • 9 Optometry programs / schools supported* • 2,324 people trained • 13 Optical Labs and Vision Centres supported • 12 local people developed as future faculty * Optometry Programs receiving funding support: Eritrea Sahondranirina and patient. Photo courtesy Brian Holden Vision Institute Nicaragua Malawi Vietnam Mali Cameroon Haiti Mozambique Moldova “I want to start working immediately to provide for the people that need refraction services and refer those with other eye problems,” said Sahondranirina. “We plan to conduct a number of outreach programs and establish a centre for refractive services in Madagascar. We also want to work with the Ministry of Health in order to garner enough attention for the project.” “I am hoping that many more people will choose to study optometry and over the next few years we can start making a marked difference,” said Raveloson. “The biggest problem we have at the moment is that there are just two of us.” *The School of Optometry program in Mali is part funded by Optometry Giving Sight and implemented by the Brien Holden Vision Institute in association with Institute of Tropical Ophthalmology To donate visit www.givingsight.org or call 1300 881 073 classifieds April 2015 Positions Vacant Optometrist Booval, Ipswich - LensPro. Full time or part-time position is available for an optometrist at our Booval practice. Positioned within the Booval Fair Shopping Centre, our newly refurbished practice is fully equipped with retinal camera, 1 hour fitting lab and generous frame display space and has a large loyal customer base. This position would suit someone who values full clinical freedom, enjoys working with experienced optical dispensers and thrives on the ability to act local whilst also being part of a larger group. For further details please contact Melanie Sutherland on 07 3281 8400 or email: melanie. [email protected] Gold Coast - An Eye for Style? We are an up market Optometry Practice that prides ourselves in delivering only the finest care and service. We require a casual Optical Dispenser/ Assistant who has a flare for fashion, loves specs & sunnies, and shares our passion of providing exceptional service to join our professional team on the Gold Coast 2 to 3 days a week. Must be available Thursday nights, weekends and holidays. Send resume with cover letter to: jobs@ qualityeyeycare.com.au or Att – Craig Shaw, Christopher McMahon Quality Eye Care, PO Box 115, Runaway Bay Qld 4216. Applications Close – Friday 10th April 2015 Toowong - A part time position (Thursday - Sat) is available at Toowong Optometrists in Brisbane’s inner west. Therapeutic endorsement is preferred but not essential. Toowong Optometrists is known for a high level of clinical care and great eyewear. Equipment includes OCT, Humphrey VFT, Photography, Oculus and autorefractor. Please send resumes to Nancy Atkinson [email protected] com.au or phone 3870 0565 with enquiries. WA, Broome – Are you really looking for a challenge? A place of employment that you can really make a difference in a regional community? Then Broome is the place for you. The Broome Community and OPSM are looking for an enthusiastic Optometrist to provide World’s Best eyecare and service in 2015 and beyond. If this sounds like an offer you cannot refuse please connect with us today. Troy 0438 601 872 [email protected] au Page 1 WA, Bunbury – Are you ready to runaway to a beautiful community and live the lifestyle while still providing great optometric care to all your customers and patients? Bunbury might just be the place to call home and OPSM would like to speak with you about making this happen. A great supportive team and attractive remuneration package may make this little gem the sea change you have been looking for. Contact us today to discuss your future. Troy troy.frantz@ opsm.com.au WA, Kalgoorlie - The OPSM community in Kalgoorlie is looking to add a new optometrist to its family. If you would like to find out more about this opportunity please connect with us today. Call Troy on 0438 601 872 WA, Karratha – Are you really looking for a challenge? A place of employment that you can really make a difference in a regional community? Then Karratha is the place for you. The Karratha Community and OPSM are looking for an enthusiastic Optometrist to provide World’s Best eyecare and service in 2015 and beyond. If this sounds like an offer you cannot refuse please connect with us today. Troy 0438 601 872 troy. [email protected] WA, Maddington - If you are looking for the opportunity to make a difference then Maddington OPSM is looking for you. A great remuneration package including accommodation is available for the right individual who is looking to become part of this friendly and welcoming community. Connect with Troy today 0438 601 872 WA, Perth – Are you ready to runaway to a beautiful community and live the lifestyle while still providing great optometric care to all your customers and patients? Perth might just be the place to call home and OPSM would like to speak with you about making this happen. A great supportive team and attractive remuneration package may make this gem the sea change you have been looking for. Contact us today to discuss your future. Troy 0438 601 872 or [email protected] Positions Vacant Dispenser/Receptionist None listed at this time. Positions Wanted Optometrist brisbane cbd & surrounds - Do you believe that patient care is much more than just patient care? Do you believe that optometry is much more than just refracting people? Are you interested in having new blood joining your busy practice? If your answer is ‘yes’ to the above questions, perhaps I am the optometrist that you are looking for. I am also therapeutically endorsed. Ideally if you are the owner/manager of an independent/ semi-independent practice (Others welcome too, as long as the condition fits), who are looking for a full-time/ part-time optometrist, immediate start available. Just graduated from last year, however already have some working experiences. Please e-mail me on [email protected] comfor more info. Positions Wanted Dispenser/Receptionist Student Placement, Qld - My name is Tammy and I am at my final year of master of optometry at QUT (Queensland University of Technology). I am looking for placement opportunities for students with ophthalmologist or optometrist in Queensland to fill out my externship hours. (Hence, it can be unpaid). It would be such a great honour and opportunity for me to participate in any of the practices. My externship dates are April 7,8,9,13,14, 17, 21,23, also from April 27th to May 1st. Also most of the Fridays through the year. Thank you so much. Regards, Yu (Tammy Song), email yu.song@ connect.qut.edu.au Locums Wanted North Lakes - Locum optometrist wanted for regular block work over school holidays. One week each in April and September holidays and two weeks each in June and December holidays. Medispecs is an independent practice at Westfield North Lakes. Call or email for details 3480 5600, info@ medispecsnorthlakes.com.au Locums Available Australia wide - Optometrist that gives the patient more than they expect and have them coming back and bringing every man, woman, and their dog with them. Business orientated, down to earth, friendly, and enthusiastic. Please contact Tola via Email: [email protected] or Mob: 0412 483 061. Australia Wide - Experienced, friendly and reliable optometrist available for block work. Pledging to carry out my commitments to the highest professional standards while striving to maximise returns for the practice. RyanOptical. phone Tim on 0405 795 277 or email timxryan@ gmail.com AUSTRALIA WIDE - Optometrist from Brisbane seeks locum work in Brisbane or Australia wide. Mobile 0402585897 email [email protected] com.au Australia wide - Optometrist available for blockwork both City and Country areas. Experienced locum based in Brisbane but happy to travel nationwide. Contact: optometrists. [email protected] or m : 0438 856 855 Brisbane - Locum available for Wednesdays and Fridays. Experienced, reliable and trustworthy. Email Karen at [email protected] BRISBANE - Therapeutic & Masters of Optometry qualified locum optometrist available for the Brisbane area. With 20 years experience, I have worked in high volume practices as well as specialised practices. Please email [email protected] Brisbane - Locum Optometrist available in the Brisbane area. Please email [email protected] or ph: 0457759439. Hourly rates: Weekdays - $83,Saturdays - $95,Sundays - $110. Brisbane - Weekend Locum. Reliable locum optometrist available for weekend work in Brisbane. Please email Roz: [email protected] Brisbane - Experienced Brisbane Locum available - Prefer City and Southside locations - phone Ken on 0425 211 117 - or Email me at k.hine. [email protected] BRISBANE - based optometrist available for locum or part time work. Please email: [email protected] BRISBANE - Experienced optometrist seeking regular locum work based in Brisbane region. Please email Ange: [email protected] BRISBANE - experienced reliable and friendly optometrist available for locum work in Brisbane area. Please contact [email protected] BRISBANE - Locum available for regular Sunday and Mondays or other single days in Metropolitan Brisbane. Contact Steve on 0402 122 827. BRISBANE - Locum optometrist available for regular part time work in the Brisbane area. Phone Chris on 0410 783 191 or email: optochris@ hotmail.com classifieds April 2015 Page 2 BRISBANE CITY & NORTHSIDE - Professional, friendly & reliable optometrist with therapeutic endorsement available for regular days and short-term cover. Over ten years experience in all practice styles. Contact Andrew at werdnameister@ hotmail.com or 0466 289 826. brisbane city & southside A friendly, experienced and reliable locum is available. Brisbane city to Southside preferred but happy to travel. Feel free to contact Adrene at 0423 873 330 now to give yourself a peace of mind when you have a break from work. BRISBANE AND GOLD COAST Professional friendly and experienced optometrist available for set days or short term work. Please contact [email protected] or 0418310820. Brisbane / Gold Coast - Friendly and reliable locum available for weekend work in Brisbane and Gold Coast. Contact Stephen: gclocum@ gmail.com Brisbane & Nationwide Professional and friendly locum optometrist available for short term placements in Brisbane or block work nationwide. Based southside Brisbane. Please email Chris at [email protected] BRISBANE NORTHSIDE Experienced locum available for regular Tuesday or Wednesday work. Please email Christine: frimodt@ bigpond.com Brisbane Northside Experienced Locum available for casual or regular part-time work. Contact Lisa Botelho Ph: 0439770050 or email [email protected] BRISBANE Northside - locum available for short term placements. Experienced, friendly and reliable. Please contact rhondelleollett@ hotmail.com Brisbane & SE Qld – Regular weekend work sought in Brisbane, Sunshine or Gold Coasts or Thursday nights in western suburbs of Brisbane. 14 years experience, friendly natured optometrist. Phone Tony on 0417 728 781 or email [email protected] au. Brisbane Southside - Friendly, reliable and experienced optometrist seeking regular Tuesday work south side Brisbane (preferably bayside). Contact Asimina 0409119332 or email [email protected] BRISBANE AND SUNSHINE COAST - Experienced, therapeutically endorsed optometrist available for short-term cover or regular days. Please contact Glen on 0409 478 659 or email [email protected] Brisbane & Surrounds - Locum with twenty years’ experience in corporate, independent and practice ownership settings available for emergency relief, regular day/halfdays, evening trading or weekend sessions. Phone Rod on 0421 362 939 or email [email protected] Brisbane and Surrounds Based in the south-west suburbs of Brisbane, I am a friendly and conscientious locum with sixteen years of optometry experience. I work closely with your team to ensure that your patients are happy and everything runs smoothly while you’re away. Resumé available. Block work preferred, but all requests considered. Please contact Helen on helenflohr@ iinet.net.au or 0422 687 811. Brisbane & Surrounds Experienced, therapeutically qualified optometrist available for Christmas cover and first week of 2013. Please contact [email protected] GOLD COAST - Experienced and dependable optometrist seeking regular part time work on the Gold Coast. Please email gcoptom2015@ gmail.com GOLD COAST - Experienced, friendly optometrist available for permanent part-time or locum work on the Gold Coast. Please contact Suzanne on [email protected] GOLD COAST - Experienced, friendly optometrist available for full-time position (4-5 days) on the Gold Coast. Please contact Scott on [email protected] or 0428672688 GOLD COAST / Australia Wide - Gold Coast based Optometrist, recently retired, but still very active, with 33 years of experience, available for one day locally, or up to 14 days relief work anywhere in Australia including the Gold Coast. The last 28 years has been running my own independent practice with an extremely community minded twist. Some Behavioural management, low vision work and specialist contact lens fitting. I can step in and cover pretty much all of your practice needs. From Optometry, dispensing, general repairs and mechanics as well as practice management. Need a break call Greg: on 07 5576 1720 or email me on [email protected] North Brisbane - Professional, friendly, experienced. Please contact [email protected] Queensland - Available to work in greater Brisbane, or throughout Queensland. Contact Tyra on 0402838821 or email cieloptometry@ gmail.com South East Qld - Three dependable and professional locum optometrists available to help you in your practice. For availability and rates please email [email protected] SUNSHINE COAST - SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. With over 11 years clincial, retail operations and award winning business experience, mature and reliable Optometrist available for locum work during the school holidays in 2014. Dates available: 9th and 10th of July & 5th Jan to 23rd Jan 2015. Please email tsushanchambers@ yahoo.com or Ph: 0438 894 121. Sunshine Coast - Experienced, professional and reliable locum available for short or long term placements. Prefer Sunshine Coast but will consider other areas.Please phone 0409 411 784 or email [email protected] Practices for Sale/Lease None listed at this time. Practice Wanted None listed at this time. Lost/Found/Stolen None listed at this time. Equipment Wanted None listed at this time. Equipment for Sale RETINAL CAMERA - TOPCON TRCNW8 NON- MYDRIATIC RETINAL CAMERA for sale. $8000 4 years old, excellent condition. Email: juditheye@ yahoo.com.au Retinal Camera - Digital Retinal Camera: Zeiss Visucam Pro NM unit for sale. Excellent condition, comes with motorized table and keyboard. Takes small pupil shots, multiple field photo-stitch options for simple panoramic shots 5 and 7 field: great for diabetic monitoring. Easily networked. $7500 ono phone Andrew 0411711332 or [email protected] CLASSIFIEDS Email classifieds to [email protected] org.au before the final week of the preceding month for inclusion with the following months edition of SEE. All classifieds are automatically included on the website www.optometry.org.au/ qld. Each classified will run for one month unless otherwise requested.