The program of optometry and ophthalmology experts leading this year’s Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC) has been revealed, along with the facilitator of the special OCT event preceding the conference.

Now in its sixth year, the SCC has grown to become one of Australia and New Zealand’s most well-attended clinical conferences. The networking, clinical advancement and CPD / CD event will this year take place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from Saturday 2 to Sunday 3 September 2017 and is expected to play host to more than 500 delegates, including over 100 non-Specsavers optometrists.

As in 2016, the clinical conference on Sunday will feature a strong line-up of ophthalmic experts and industry leaders, including:

  • Dr Simon Chen, Retinal and Cataract Surgeon at the Vision Eye Institute
  • Assoc Prof Mark Daniell, President of RANZCO
  • Dr Mitchell Lawlor, Glaucoma Surgeon and Neuro-ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital
  • Assoc Prof Angus Turner, Associate Professor at the Lions Eye Institute
  • Prof Robyn Guymer, Deputy Director at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
  • Dr Peter van Wijngaarden, Deputy Director and Principal Investigator at CERA
  • Dr Carl Glittenberg, Senior Clinical Advisor at Topcon Medical.

Topics covered will range from age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to the integration of emerging technologies in practice and the evolution of imaging technology to aid optometric diagnosis.

In addition to speaking at the clinical conference, Dr Carl Glittenberg will lead the clinical education sessions on the Saturday, which will comprise three one-hour specialised talks.

The sessions will offer delegates a comprehensive overview of best practice and utilisation of OCT, particularly in relation to diabetic retinopathy, detection and progression analysis for glaucoma, and age-related maculopathy. This will be coupled with a focus on interpretation and evaluation of OCT results and application of these skills to deliver best patient outcomes.

It is expected that delegates will accrue 30+ CPD points (AU) or 10+ CD and 2.5 general points (NZ) across the day-and-a-half of SCC sessions.

SCC6 is supported by Platinum Sponsors Acuvue, Device Technologies and Novartis, and Gold Sponsors Alcon, BOC Instruments, CooperVision, Hilco and Zeiss.

Specsavers is currently offering 20 free ticket / flight / accommodation packages to non-Specsavers optometrists. To enter the prize draw, contact Madeleine Curran on 0437 840 749 or

More information and full speaker program details are available on the SCC6 event page.