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Optometry Australia is looking to support two members in further developing their knowledge in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.

Two bursaries are being offered to attend the 2022 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Conference, which will take place on Larrakia country in Darwin on Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 May 2022.

The 2022 conference is planned as a face-to-face event and the bursaries, valued at $1,500 each, are intended to contribute to the recipient’s travel, accommodation and conference registration.

Optometry Australia’s Policy & Advocacy Manager Sarah Davies said: ‘The national conference is an important event for our sector, and we are very happy to be able to assist two members with a special interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health to attend.’

The conference, now running for its sixth year, is being overseen by an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership group, chaired by Shaun Tatipata, and the Program Advisory Group (PAG) and Conference Organising Group will report to the leadership group. Members of the PAG include representatives from Optometry Australia, AMSANT, RANZCO, Vision 2020 Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation and The Brien Holden Foundation.

Expressions of interest

Optometry Australia is calling for expressions of interest from members that outline their reason for wanting to attend the conference, as well as any experience to date they might have in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health.

Applications should be sent to by Monday 14 February 2022. Successful applicants will be advised by the end of February 2022.

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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.