Specsavers is thrilled to finish the 2021 SCC series with yet another successful year of online and in-person sessions, offering a rich variety of ophthalmology-led professional development talks. Despite a challenging year of lockdowns, we forged ahead and delivered the hybrid series to more than 1302 optometrists across Australia and New Zealand.

In its tenth year, the SCC series launched live in Melbourne. Two more in-person events followed later in the series in Auckland and Brisbane. A total of 12 sessions were live-streamed between May and October.

The hybrid series saw a combined 7782 CPD hours of clinical content delivered to optometrists across both countries. Each online session attracted upwards of 300-500 participants.

Optometrists tuned in to watch engaging virtual presentations from 20 ophthalmologists and industry experts, allowing the participants to refine their skills and stay updated with the latest clinical research and practice standards.

Presentation topics ranged from COVID recovery managing patients with corneal dystrophies, glaucoma and the anterior eye, managing idiopathic intracranial hypertension and paediatric eye emergencies, ocular oncology to managing patients with diabetes.

Some of the highlights throughout the series included the announcement of the 2021 Specsavers Doug Perkins Medal winners during one of the online sessions by Doug Perkins via video. We also launched the inaugural Dame Mary Perkins Medal with winners announced live in Brisbane via video from Dame Mary Perkins. A proud Doug and Mary expressed their sheer joy and congratulations to all the winners.  

Specsavers would like to make a special mention to all the presenters delivering engaging talks within their specialties across the entire series. While mostly presenting to a faceless crowd, the quality of the content was world-class, with many participants engaging in the online Q&A sessions.  

We would also like to thank our sponsors for their continued support and adjusting to online content when COVID-19 restrictions changed at short notice. When required, our sponsors quickly navigated the parameters of an online format. 

SCC has become the highlight of the ANZ optometry professional development calendar and the most anticipated industry event each year. We are pleased to confirm our plan to move the series back to a live two-day event in 2022 on September 10-11 in Melbourne. Mark it in your calendars and stay tuned for further details. 

SCC 2021 was proudly supported by:

  • Topcon
  • Alcon
  • Bausch & Lomb
  • BOC
  • CooperVision
  • Good Optical
  • Johnson & Johnson Pacific Pty