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Twelve of Australia’s best and brightest aspiring optometry leaders in Melbourne today.

Optometry Australia today welcomed 12 of the sector’s brightest aspiring leaders at our South Melbourne office.

Our inaugural Student Leadership Program – which is providing the skills to become one of the profession’s future leaders – has attracted representatives from all over Australia.

The two-day initiative also includes an all-day coaching session, facilitated by Phil Davies, focusing on different models of leadership, understanding the purpose of leadership and clarifying its guiding values.

CEO Lyn Brodie said she was delighted to welcome the group.

“The program is designed to foster leadership skills in our emerging optometrists to help the sector navigate the anticipated opportunities and challenges,” she said.

The program – also designed to introduce emerging optometry professionals to current leaders and networks – is being held in Melbourne on 21 and 22 January.

Participants will also be introduced to current and emerging leaders in optometry, including members of the Optometry Australia Board and staff, and representatives from Optometry Australia’s early career optometrist groups.

Inaugural student leadership program attendees:

  • Ilham Aden – The University of Melbourne
  • Jingyi Chen – Deakin University
  • Thomas Ford – Flinders university
  • Amy Johnson – Queensland University of Technology
  • Hafi Khan – Deakin University
  • Ivy Kol – University of New South Wales
  • James Lee – Queensland University of Technology
  • Jennifer Lim – Flinders University
  • Judy Nam – University of New South Wales
  • Ashviney Vigneswaran – The University of Melbourne
  • Mina You – The University of Melbourne
  • Elaine (Sicong) Zheng – University of New South Wales


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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.