Jessica Chi, national president of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia
Membership of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia is free for optometry students until half-way through your graduate year. Jessica Chi, the national president of the society, is also part of the Therapeutic Advisory Board for Optometry Australia and a clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne.
Jessica strongly recommends that you retain your membership as you enter the workforce. Her work in the field has given her vast experience with all forms of contact lenses including rigid, mini-scleral, hybrid and orthokeratology, managing a diverse range of patients including keratoconus, post-surgical and paediatric.
She says the benefits of membership include:
- Regular state meetings that are recorded and available for viewing on the website—with CPD points
- Valuable resources for further education, which are on the CCLSA website
- A regular e-newsletter
- Listing on the practice-finder for patients
- Being part of a great network of people interested in the cornea and contact lens field.
Jessica says the information and education the society provides is always up to date and very high quality. ‘My personal favourite benefit of being a part of the CCLSA is the networking and social aspect,’ she says.
‘Through the CCLSA I have met and made contacts and even great friendships with some wonderful people. Having this network in which I can share and exchange knowledge has been fantastic and has helped my development as a contact lens practitioner.’
In 2015, the CCLSA will be bringing back the International Cornea and Contact Lens Congress, which will be held on 22-24 May at the Sheraton Mirage on the Gold Coast.
The theme will be ‘Connect Eyes to Life’ so there will be a strong emphasis on keeping the presentation clinically relevant.
‘This represents a fantastic opportunity to meet and network some of the key names in the cornea and contact lens field, take part in the fantastic trade and there’ll definitely be a very fun social element with the welcome drinks and the gala dinner,’ Jessica says. ‘On top of that, what’s better than a tax deductible winter escape up north?’
You will find lots of information on the CCLSA website.