On Wednesday, September 15, nearly 400 people attended another successful Specsavers SCC event, both in person and virtually across Australia and New Zealand.

Sponsored by CooperVision, this week’s session was held in Brisbane and focused on Vitreoretinal conditions and featured a presentation from Dr Sean Cheng, Principal Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at Queensland Eye & Retina Specialists, specialising in medical and surgical diseases of the retina.

Dr Sean Cheng’s presentation delved into optometric management of retinal tears and detachments. He discussed the appropriate investigation and management of retinal detachments, including when, where and how urgently to refer patients with sight-threatening detachments.

We also heard from Dame Mary Perkins who announced the winners of the inaugural 2021 Dame Mary Perkins Medal via a pre-recorded video. The Australian winner of the Dame Mary Perkins Medal is Mariella Coluccio from Bankstown, NSW. Mariella is recognised for her help with a three-year-old child who had severe swollen optic nerves. Mariella persisted with the child’s parents who spoke very limited English. It was later discovered the child returned to hospital for emergency surgery for a brain haemorrhage.

The New Zealand winner of the Dame Mary Perkins Medal is Celeste Raisbeck from Specsavers Rotorua. Celeste is recognised for her outreach work to Murupara, a small Maori community in Rotorua. She provides the community with access to eye care through an ocular screening program. Screening more than 100 people, the outreach program supplied 38 pairs of glasses to the community. This was her sixth outreach to Murupara.

The next SCC session will be livestreamed across Australia and New Zealand on Wednesday 6 October.

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For more information about the awards, please follow the links to the Dame Mary Perkins Medal announcement video and the Dame Mary Perkins Medal winner’s article.

This event was proudly sponsored by CooperVision.