Optometry NSW/ACT’s committees ensure that our services are led by optometrists, for optometrists. Committee members bring a range of expertise and skills to the role and provide leadership and operational insights to advance specific projects and activities, and to support the work of the secretariat.
Committee Purpose Committee members
Early Career Optometrists NSW/ACT The ECONA committee engages with, supports and represents the growing number of early career optometrists that make up membership of Optometry NSW/ACT. Nancy Liu (Chair)
CPD Education Committee This committee strives to develop and deliver optometry-led events and conferences that are relevant, current and affordable, providing a stellar line-up of presenters and engaging speakers. Paula Katalinic
Membership Engagement Committee This committee focuses on engaging with optometrists across all sectors of our membership. It also works on developing a range of strategies to recruit new members and retain existing members. Heidi Hunter (Chair)
Public Health Committee To promote high value eye care in the community and to increase the number of optometrists either working with or in direct collaboration with public hospital eye departments across NSW/ACT.
Paula Katalinic (Chair)
ECONA – the Early Career Optometrists arm of NSW/ACT – was established in 2019 to meet the needs of 500+ early career optometrists, or ECOs (= less than 10 years of professional experience), who are members of Optometry NSW/ACT.
The founding committee consisted of 9 members, Margaret Zhong (Chair), Lowana Littlechild, Lauren Hutchinson, Jack Phu, Alex Koutsokeras, Sue Kweon, Phoebe Wong, Daniel Rafla and Wendy Saw.
Since then it has established four distinct sub-committees, each with two chairs and a different focus: Scope of Optometry, Student Engagement, Corporate Engagement and Rural & Regional Engagement.
We asked committee-member Sue Kweon to give us an overview of ECONA . Here’s what she had to say:
Q: What is the purpose of the ECONA committee?
A: ECONA endeavours to support, engage with, and represent early career optometrists in NSW/ACT. In a shifting landscape, ECOs now have a vastly different set of challenges to face, including:
- More competition for positions in sought-after locations
- Greater difficulty setting up your own practice and compete successfully
- Greater scrutiny from regulatory bodies (such as Medicare) into billing practices
Q: What does the ECONA committee do?
A: We engage with members in a range of ways; by organising CPD and social events to empower more ECOs to expand their scope of practice and/or enter new career pathways. The optometrists who make up our ECONA committees come from a range of backgrounds, including corporate, independent, academia and final-year undergraduate students.
Q: How can I get involved with ECONA?
A: As long as you’re a member of Optometry NSW/ACT, we welcome you to apply for a position on the ECONA main or subcommittees as they become available. These positions will be clearly advertised via Optometry NSW/ACT communications as they come up.
Even if you’re not on the committee, you can still be involved in ECONA activities and conversations. We’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via our Facebook page or email email@example.com
Q: What sort of services does ECONA / Optometry NSW/ACT offer Early Career Optometrists?
- Contract advice (highly recommended for new grads)
- Advice on employment and work-place rights
- Professional development
- Audit support
- Business support
- Clinical support (particularly if you don’t have a mentor)
Q: What kind of activities is ECONA planning?
A: You can learn about our ECONA events on our events page.
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