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April 2015 - Optometrists Association Australia

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.
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
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
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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
Fri-Sun 10-12 April
Australian Vision Convention
Gold Coast Convention Centre
Tues 28 April
Darling Downs Member Hub
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
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
Optometry House
TBA November
VISIONaries awards night
Darling Downs Member Hub
Employment Expo set
OQNT Strategic Plan reviewed
Extraordinary Meeting set
Young Optom group plan ahead
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
Qld optom wins VIP pass
YWAM Medical Ships
Closing date for the May 2015
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* 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
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:
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Darling Downs Member
Hub meeting set for 28
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
The following motion will be considered,
and if thought fit, passed as a special
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
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]
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See us at AVC 2015
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.
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!
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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 for more
information or email [email protected]
Brisbane Eye Clinic
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*.
• 152,441 people screened
They recently returned home after 3 years of
studying abroad with some big dreams for the
• 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:
Sahondranirina and patient.
Photo courtesy Brian Holden Vision Institute
“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
“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
To donate visit
or call 1300 881 073
April 2015
Positions Vacant
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: [email protected] 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] or phone 3870 0565 with
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]
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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 [email protected]
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
None listed at this time.
Positions Wanted
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
[email protected]
comfor more info.
Positions Wanted
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 [email protected]
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, [email protected]
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 [email protected]
AUSTRALIA WIDE - Optometrist
from Brisbane seeks locum work in
Brisbane or Australia wide. Mobile
0402585897 email [email protected]
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
Brisbane - Locum available
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: [email protected]
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- Professional, friendly & reliable
endorsement available for regular
days and short-term cover. Over ten
years experience in all practice styles.
Contact Andrew at [email protected] 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]
Brisbane / Gold Coast - Friendly
and reliable locum available for
weekend work in Brisbane and Gold
Coast. Contact Stephen: [email protected]
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]
Experienced locum available for
regular Tuesday or Wednesday work.
Please email Christine:
[email protected]
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.
[email protected]
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]
Brisbane Southside - Friendly,
reliable and experienced optometrist
seeking regular Tuesday work south
side Brisbane (preferably bayside).
Contact Asimina 0409119332 or email
[email protected]
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 [email protected] 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
regular part time work on the Gold
Coast. Please email [email protected]
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]
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
0402838821 or email [email protected]
South East Qld - Three
dependable and professional locum
optometrists available to help you in your
practice. For availability and rates please
email [email protected]
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 [email protected] 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.
None listed at this time.
Equipment Wanted
None listed at this time.
Equipment for Sale
CAMERA for sale. $8000 4 years old,
excellent condition. Email: [email protected]
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]
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