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By Helen Carter


Optometry Australia has announced the 14 successful applicants for its third annual Student Leadership Program.

The program was scheduled to take place in Melbourne on June 15 and 16 but due to COVID lockdown in Melbourne and interstate travel restrictions, Optometry Australia is now working through the process of transitioning the program to a virtual approach.

The students, representing all optometry schools in Australia, will attend training during which they will build their understanding of the purpose of different models of leadership, as well as identifying and clarifying their own individual leadership strengths and values.

Students who have attended this program in previous years have called it “life-changing,” “invaluable” and said it has given them the opportunity to be “future-ready.”

Optometry Australia received almost 40 expressions of interest from students nationwide to participate in the 2021 program.

The program will be facilitated by Phil Davies of Sarlan Services with support from Optometry Australia’s Member Support and Policy Advisor Ben Hamlyn and Policy and Advocacy Manager Sarah Davies.

Various sector leaders and influencers will participate and attend a dinner.

The successful applicants are:

  • Mr Andrew Yue and Ms Kayla Adams from Deakin University
  • Mr Arveen Venzon, Ms Jennifer Pack and Ms Azba Mashood from the University of New South Wales
  • Mr Cong Bui and Ms Julie Lee from Queensland University of Technology
  • Ms Eilish Devlin from Flinders University
  • Mr Hasnat Siddiqui and Ms Sushweta Pal from the University of Melbourne
  • Mr Jahin Tanvir and Ms Judith Fernandes from the University of Canberra
  • Ms Nuala Boog and Ms Thi Huynh from the University of Western Australia
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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.