Andrew McKinnon, CEO Optometry New South Wales/ACT
Optometry NSW/ACT’s final-year student Careers Expo is held annually in Sydney. It is an opportunity for UNSW students to meet with potential employers from around Australia and discuss employment options.
Super Sunday 2015
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Optometry NSW offers discounted conference registration for optometry students. Events typically range from free-of-charge to $55, depending on the conference type.
Engagement with UNSW
CEO Andrew McKinnon and professional services manager Paula Katalinic conduct twice-yearly sessions with fourth- and fifth-year students on ethics, Medicare and other areas of clinical practice. McKinnon hosts a careers panel for first-year students at which people with optometry or vision science qualifications discuss the areas of the profession in which they work. The panel gives students a better idea of potential career options, such as clinical practice, research or industry. Optometry NSW/ACT also regularly judges student research, assignments and presentations across various year levels.
Optometry NSW/ACT is the major sponsor of UNSW’s optometry student society, which allows the society to stage several social functions. Division representatives attend these functions to build relationships with students.
Final-year students are encouraged to contact the Division for advice on their employment agreements before embarking on a new job, or on any other matter related to optometric practice.
Peter Haydon, CEO Optometry Victoria
Careers Expo at SRC 2015
Victorian optometry students in their second-last or final year of study are all welcome at the Optometry Victoria Careers Expo on 22 February 2015, to be held in conjunction with our large annual conference, SRC.
The Careers Expo offers optometry students a chance to meet potential employers, learn about the variety of practice and career opportunities open across the state, and find out about the many advantages of being a member Optometry Australia, the influential voice for the optometry profession.
Students registering for the Careers Expo will also get complimentary registration for Sunday at SRC, including education sessions, the Trade Expo and social events.
Register for SRC online and choose the ‘Student registration’ category.
‘Getting Registered’, a special information session
Optometry Victoria holds an annual information session for final-year students, as you complete your studies and start to think about practice. ‘Getting Registered’ covers important information about registration to practise, Medicare and the PBS, and Optometry Victoria and our work.
Register for your student membership, free of charge.
Advice and assistance
As a graduating student or new optometrist, you have questions you want answered. Give us a call and let us help you as you learn the ropes. We can provide general and specific advice for you on a range of matters, from questions or concerns about the registration process, CPD, Medicare, legislation and paperwork, to confidential advice on employment matters or contracts.
Cathryn Baker, CEO Optometry Queensland/NT
All QUT students are invited to Optometry Queensland’s Employment Expo, which is held in Brisbane each year. The annual expo attracts employers from around the country and gives students the chance to discuss potential employment options with them.
Dealings with QUT
Optometry QLD/NT president David Foresto and CEO Cathryn Baker visit QUT to deliver presentations to first- and final-year students about the history of the organisation, its services for members and why students should join. Optometry QLD/NT representatives visit final-year students on clinical orientation day to outline the organisation’s role and why students should join.
Optometry QLD/NT sponsors two optometry awards at QUT’s annual ‘Faculty of Health Awards’ Ceremony. An award of $2,000 is offered to a final-year Master of Optometry student on the basis of performance in clinical optometry together with a rating by clinical instructors on clinical aptitude and professionalism. A $500 Optometry Australia Bookshop voucher is awarded to the first-year Bachelor of Vision Science student with the highest course grade point average.
CPD at AVC
Students enjoy complimentary registration to the Australian Vision Convention, to be held on 10-12 April 2015. Students can also attend all other Division CPD functions free of charge.
VISIONaries: Past, Present & Future
At this event, held in November, students are congratulated for completing their studies and awarded complimentary association membership. All students are invited to attend VISIONaries which celebrates the profession of optometry and awards are presented for significant contributions and achievements.
Tony Martella, CEO Optometry Western Australia
Optometry Western Australia actively recruits optometrists for the state and represents employers by attending the three Careers Expos held by other state Divisions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Representatives provide students with a list of job vacancies in Western Australia, and the Division provides advice and assistance for any student considering the move west. This can include help with relocating, introductions between the parties, as well as general information such as considering where to live and transport requirements.
The Western Australian Vision Education 2015 conference will be held in Perth on 8-9 August 2015. Students enjoy free registration at WAVE. You will have an opportunity to hear about how the profession operates in Western Australia and meet potential employers as well as attend a first-class education program.
WAVE’s unique format incorporates clinical workshops with hands-on and practical educational content relevant to day-to-day practice.
Optometry Western Australia runs monthly education evenings to help members meet their AHPRA registration requirements. These events start at 6:00 pm and include food and refreshments for participants.
To help members plan their attendance for each event well in advance, Optometry Western Australia provides a comprehensive events program and yearly calendar of events.
CPD events in Western Australia have been scheduled for the following dates in 2015.
- 24 February
- 10 March
- 13 April
- 11 May
- 8-9 August (WAVE)
- 14 September
- 12 October
- 10 November
Titles and topics for the CPD events will be updated as the information becomes available. For enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage students to contact Western Australia Division during the semester breaks so we can provide you with more information on employment options in the state and refer you to potential employers.
Tony Martella: email@example.com
Libby Boschen, CEO Optometry South Australia
Optometry South Australia is a major supporter of the Flinders University Optometry Students Association and offers free membership to all students entering the post-graduate course.
SA Blue Sky Congress
Each November, South Australia’s annual SA Blue Sky Congress offers delegates the opportunity to hear the latest evidence-based information from international experts and to attend social events. Optometry students in the final two years of study can attend at a reduced rate. The next SA Blue Sky will be held on 20-21 November 2015.
Optometry South Australia hosts an annual Careers Expo during the year at which students will have an opportunity to:
- Meet prospective employers
- Receive contract negotiation advice
- Learn the benefits of continued Optometry South Australia membership
- Receive hints and tips about starting work
Geoff Squibb, CEO Optometry Tasmania
Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress
The next Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress will be held in Hobart on 28-30 August 2015. We expect about 120 participants—optometrists and industry exhibitors—from across the state and interstate will take part in the intimate meeting, which offers up to 40 CPD points.
Students are entitled to a reduced registration fee of $75 for the annual Tasmanian Lifestyle Congress. For more information, contact Optometry Tasmania on 03 6224 3360 or firstname.lastname@example.org