Saturday, April 4, 2020

Specsavers Clinical Conference

When: 7-8 September 2019 (see full schedule)
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria, Australia
Who: Specsavers optometrists, all non-Specsavers optometrists, optometry students


The annual Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC) has become one of the highlights of Australia and New Zealand’s optometry calendar.

Following positive feedback on the new format introduced last year, SCC8 will once again include two full days of CPD / CD content. Both Saturday and Sunday will include a full-day program of clinical education sessions, with shorter, additional ‘Fringe Talks’ taking place in the exhibition during breaks – the goal being to get as close as possible to delivering a full year’s worth of CPD / CD points over the two days.

The exhibition will also be open across both days, and an ‘SCC Welcome Function’ will be hosted at the National Gallery of Victoria on the Saturday evening. In addition, the Doug Perkins Medals for clinical excellence will be awarded on the conference main stage on the Sunday.

Students are welcome to attend and, subject to certain conditions, Specsavers may cover their admission as well as flights and accommodation (depending on location).

Optometrists external to Specsavers are also encouraged to take part in the SCC as it presents an excellent professional development and networking opportunity.

Subscribe to the Spectrum ‘News & Case Studies’ newsletter to receive event updates.

Key Details

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Saturday Sessions and Exhibition
10:00am – 4:30pm
Location: MCEC
Cost: $320 + GST
The Saturday Sessions will take place over a full day from 10:00am to 4:30pm, comprising four one-hour sessions of clinical content. The exhibition will also be open on the Saturday, allowing delegates to learn about the support Specsavers offers, the new technology available and the depth of Specsavers’ relationships with sponsors and other eye health stakeholders.

SCC Welcome Function
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Event hosted gratis by Specsavers
The Welcome Function is a no-cost event, hosted by Specsavers’ Optometry Team for all SCC delegates, speakers and sponsors. The SCC Welcome Function will again return to the NGV on St Kilda Road in the heart of the Melbourne CBD. A fantastic evening awaits, and will be significantly different in format to 2018’s event.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Clinical Conference and Exhibition
Time: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Location: MCEC
Cost: $350 + GST
Content: Ophthalmology meets optometry – a series of six one-hour sessions presented by leaders and experts in ophthalmology, all designed to provide valuable take-home messages that can be implemented in delegates’ optometry consulting room.


Saturday, 7 September 2019

Dr Adam Rudkin
Specialist Eye Glenelg
Subject: Vitreoretinal conditions
Dr Dru Daniels
Private Practice
Subject: Glaucoma
Dr Caroline Catt
The Children’s Hospital, Westmead
Subject: Paediatric optometry
Associate Professor Colin Chan
Vision Eye Institute
Subject: Anterior eye disease

Saturday Fringe Speakers

Dee Hopkins
Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA)
Subject: Patient support through MDFA
Nabill Jacob
Vision Australia
Subject: Adaptive technology and low-vision patients


Sunday, 8 September 2019

Professor Peter Scanlon
University of Oxford, NHS Diabetic Eye Screening Program
Subject: Diabetic retinopathy grading and screening programs
Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden
Centre for Eye Research Australia
Subject: Diabetic retinopathy management and KeepSight
Dr Elaine Chong
Iris Surgery
Subject: Interpretation of OCT in medical retina conditions
Associate Professor Lyndell Lim
Victoria Parade Eye Consultants
Subject: Optometric management of ocular inflammation
Dr Lindsay McGrath
Oxford Eye Centre
Subject: Ocular oncology
Dr Tu Tran
Eyes First
Subject: Glaucoma co-management

Sunday Fringe Speakers

Professor Greg Johnson
Diabetes Australia
Subject: KeepSight
Annie Gibbins
Glaucoma Australia
Subject: Glaucoma collaborative care


For event-related enquiries, email or +61 (0)428 285 535.