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QLD/NT Awards

Optometry Queensland & Northern Territory offers three annual awards.

Final Award

The Final Award is a post-graduation award, decided upon in February after graduation year.

Education Voucher

The Education Voucher is awarded to a first-year optometry student at the beginning of the following year.

Annual VISIONaries Awards

The Annual VISIONaries awards are presented at the VISIONaries: past, present and future event which is held in October/November each year. This awards night celebrates QUT graduating students, reunionists and award recipients.

The 2019 award recipients were:

  • The Hon Bill Hayden AC Queensland Optometrist of the Year Award – David Bradley
    Recognition for a member of the division who has worked tirelessly to increase the standing of the profession and enhance the achievements of optometry to serve the community.
  • Queensland & Northern Territory Young Optometrist of the Year – Emily Henry
    Presented to an optometrist who has graduated within the last 10 years, and who has displayed outstanding contributions to the profession.
  • Hamlyn R Brier Clinical Optometry Award – David Stephensen
    Presented to recognise excellence in clinical optometric practice.
  • Peter J Montgomery Award for Social Justice – Dr Shelley Hopkins
    Presented to an optometrist who has made a significant contribution to social justice issues for patients.

For more information on the above awards, please contact

Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.