You are here: Home > News > Latest updates & news > CPD, conferences & events > Global behavioural optometry community converge in Sydney
Read time:


hero image

Professor Kovin Naidoo (L) and Dr Mark Changizi


By Rhiannon Riches
Communications Manager


International Congress of Behavioural Optometry, an event that takes place globally every four years, will be held in Sydney next month.

ICBO 2018, taking place at the International Convention Centre from 26–29 April, brings together international speakers and interactive learning activities spread across four days of education.

Presenting neuroscience, children’s vision and evidence-based practice, ICBO features a program of optometric education for all levels of practice experience, with 32 speakers including keynote presenters Professor Kovin Naidoo and Dr Mark Changizi.

Academic, former anti-apartheid activist and political prisoner, Professor Kovin Naidoo, CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute, will be speaking on a topic that is the primary focus of his organisation: myopia. Professor Naidoo will discuss the epidemiology, the response in terms of myopia control, and the response in terms of service delivery, specifically relating to Brien Holden Vision Institute’s children’s vision campaign.

Dr Mark Changizi is a theoretical neurobiologist who specialises in research on the evolutionary origins of biological and cognitive design. His research focuses on “why” questions, and he has made important discoveries such as why we see in colour, why we see illusions, and why we have forward-facing eyes.

He will present two lectures: ‘Complexion, Illusion and Junction Functions’ and ‘X-Ray Vision through the World, Your Face, and Emotions’.

Certificates of participation will be issued to all ICBO attendees. All Australian optometrists will be eligible to apply for non-accredited CPD points for this congress.

View the full program and register at


Filed in category: CPD, conferences & events
Tagged as: ,

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.