Finalists for the annual Doug Perkins Medal will be announced this Wednesday as part of the second live event of the SCC Online Series.

The prestigious medal, which is awarded to Australian and New Zealand Specsavers stores demonstrating consistently high standards of clinical excellence and patient care, is usually announced at the annual Specsavers Clinical Conference.

This year, due to the ongoing impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic, the conference has been transformed into a four-month virtual series, featuring live webinars, panel events, fringe talks and videos, which will run until the end of October 2020.

The Doug Perkins Medal was introduced in 2018 and is awarded annually.

To determine the finalists, a nation-wide analysis is conducted using data collected through the Specsavers Professional Benchmark Initiative (PBI). The PBI aggregates and tracks patient outcomes across Specsavers Australia & New Zealand’s store network.

The information from the PBI is combined with data from Specsavers’ patient feedback platform, as well as health outcome data from the Oculo electronic referral system.

Finalists represent the top four percent of all Specsavers stores across Australia and New Zealand, delivering consistently high standards of patient care across all key aspects of clinical practice.

The finalists will be announced prior to this Wednesday’s live webinar lecture, which features Dr Matthew Russell from the OKKO Eye Specialist Centre in Queensland, discussing Clinical Decision Making in Vitreoretinal Disorders.

Registrations are essential for all our live events. External optometrists can register for the free SCC Online Series here and Specsavers optometrists can register via their MyCPD Portal.