Our management committees greatly assist in ensuring 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 Victoria South Australia Committee Early Career Optometrists Victoria South Australia (ECOVSA) enables early career optometrists to grow professionally, through the provision
of continuing professional development and networking opportunities specifically targeted to the needs of early career optometrists.
Early career optometrists are defined as students and registered optometrists who are up to ten years from graduation.
In Victoria and South Australia early career optometrists face unique challenges in establishing their careers within the profession. With three optometry schools across the two states, there will continue to be an increase in graduate numbers creating greater job competition within the states.
There are also specific learning and development requirements that may not necessarily be met through existing
CPD offerings as well as a risk of professional isolation due to the dispersed nature of the workforce.
Our committee members bring a range of skills and expertise to their roles, and endeavour to guide you through these
varied challenges and opportunities.
John De Francesco
State Advisory Committee South Australia The State Advisory Committee South Australia (SACSA) provides advice and insights on emerging issues in optometry in South Australia including:
The SACSA provides information and advice to the OV/SA Secretariat regarding the above-named matters at an operational level. It will provide SA-based members with an opportunity to have input into the work of their association in South Australia. Committee members are encouraged to advocate for membership renewals and OV/SA’s policy agenda more broadly.
Membership of the SACSA should reflect the diversity of the optometry sector and include representatives from independent optometry, public health optometry, corporate optometry, rural and regional locations, metropolitan locations, early, mid and late career optometrists and optometrists from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds or those working in areas with a large proportion of CALD populations.
The SACSA will convene at least twice a year with regular email communication between meetings. In recognition of regional, rural and remote SACSA members, meeting attendance may occur in person or via video conference. Meeting secretariat support is provided by OV/SA.
Jason Booth (Chair)
Jelle de Bock
Optometric Clinical and Policy Committee Victoria The Optometric Clinical and Policy Committee Victoria provides advice and insights on emerging issues in optometry in Victoria including:
Mitchell Anjou (Chair)
Mark De Paola
Optometry Victoria South Australia CPD Committee The Optometry Victoria South Australia CPD committee’s role is to provide ideas and advice about the OV/SA CPD program, including O=MEGA and Blue Sky, to ensure Optometry Victoria South Australia continues to provide a high quality clinical education program which appeals to a broad range of delegates. Timothy Lo (Chair)
Suit May Ho