Representatives from Optometry Australia’s Early Career Optometrists (ECO) state-based groups as well as the NSW and ACT-based Young Optometrists Inc. (YO) will be exhibiting at the upcoming Specsavers Clinical Conference.

The 6th Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC6) will be held from 2-3 September 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Saturday will comprise a half-day of practical clinical education sessions with a focus on OCT interpretation, while Sunday will involve a full-day speaker program of ophthalmologists as well as an all-day exhibition.

ECO and YO will share a stand at this year’s exhibition, ready to provide support, guidance and a friendly network of peers to those who have just started a career in optometry.

YO Values Communicating Committee Leader Sarah Tait said YO’s primary aim while at the event would be to interact and engage with other early-career optometrists to gauge how they were finding balancing work and career planning among the other important aspects of their lives.

“If we can understand how our optometry colleagues are feeling, we can be a more effective voice for them, support them in their career development, and in their search for suitable career opportunities,” she explained.

YO will again hold a picnic session at SCC for early-career optometrists

Sarah added that conferences offered a great place to network and engage with the optometry community. YO exhibited at SCC5 in Brisbane in 2016 and hosted an indoor networking ‘picnic’ for early-career optometrists during the event. They also held an Instagram competition where the prize was a Specsavers-sponsored volunteer trip to the Himalayas with Eyes4Everest, which provides primary eye care in the Sagarmāthā (Mt Everest) National Park of Nepal.

Sarah noted that YO would be holding both the picnic and Instagram competition again at this year’s SCC, with the details to be announced soon.

YO Chairperson Carina Trinh said, “We look forward to working with Specsavers in the future to really connect with early-career optometrists, as they play a massive role in eye care in Australia, and we wish to support them in their career pursuits, as well as voice their thoughts on the profession.”

In addition to the YO and ECO groups, the SCC6 exhibition will showcase the products and services of contact lens, ophthalmic lens and automated equipment sponsors, as well as the Specsavers Support Team and other profession-relevant exhibitors.

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 madeleine.curran@specsavers.com

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