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As restrictions eased across the state, country, and world, one of the benefits for optometrists is the ability to attend in-person events again to share their knowledge with peers and catch up with old friends.

For some, this comes after a break of years, while for others these events may be their first since graduation. We’d like to take the opportunity to highlight some of Optometry Victoria South Australia’s exciting recent events and share some images from the sessions to show how many optometrists are taking the chance to meet with friends and colleagues in-person once more.

On 21 November, the event “Decision-Making in Glaucoma Management – An Interactive Presentation” came with a twist – it also involved a meet-and-greet with a giraffe! Held at Melbourne Zoo, the sit-down event attracted a hefty 174 attendees, who caught up with friends, learned about glaucoma management with speaker Dr Graham Lakkis, and snapped some pictures with a new long-necked friend.

zoo event giraffe attendees watch giraffe from cover colleagues and friends at the zoo event gathering over dinner

Over 11 and 12 November Optometry Victoria South Australia hosted the “jazziest optometry event of the year” in Blue Sky, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Over 200 optometrists attended the event overlooking the river, which was hosted by OV/SA Board member Cassandra Haines and featured two packed days of expert speakers, discussions, games, CPD, and more. Members caught up with friends they hadn’t see for a while, shared their expertise, and made new connections in one of the biggest face-to-face events we’ve hosted since restrictions were lifted.

keen observer at Blue SkyExpert speakers and guests on stage learning about the latest tech on the trade floorcatching up with friends old and newa piano for anyone to play

Held on 31 October, the ECOV/SA-hosted “Optimise your optometry career Seminar” attracted over 40 early career optometrists and final-year students to hear about ways they can boost their careers and get the best possible start in optometry. Speaker Lyn Hsieh was joined by a panel consisting of Ebru Efem, Run Yan, and Katrina Yap, who earn spoke about their experiences starting out in the industry and shared techniques for leveraging talent and work ethic to get the most out of their careers.

Lyn Hsieh speaks to the ECOsECOs together for a photo coming together with friendsspeakers, panel, and Ilsa Hampton

OV/SA would like to extend a warm thank you to all optometrists who attended these events and took advantage of the benefits of in-person learning, and to all attending speakers for sharing their expertise.

Keep on top of OV/SA and national events at our CPD Event listings page, which will continue to be updated with next year’s events over the coming months. We’ll see you at the next event!

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