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The purpose of this popular annual event is to actively support our student members in their final year of study, to successfully launch their optometry careers.

Students will receive advice and information on making decisions about employment opportunities and understanding what to look for in employment contracts. The presentation will include insights relevant to the current employment market and the anticipated impact of COVID-19 on graduate employment opportunities in 2020-21.

A panel of early career optometrists who have recently made the transition to practice will talk about their experiences moving from study to work. Students will have the chance to ask questions and find out what the experience was really like.

At the conclusion to the event, student members will be provided with access to videos from employers who are looking to recruit graduate optometrists in 2020-21. The videos will provide information about the employment opportunities and contact details for further discussion.

Session Times

5.00pm – 5.10pm
Welcome including acknowledgement of country
Michelle Marven, Member Services and Policy Manager, OV/SA
Michelle joined Optometry Victoria South Australia in 2015. She has 20 years’ experience in policy, advocacy and member engagement across the health care sector, housing sector and not-for-profit organisations.
5.10pm – 5.30pm
Overview of OV/SA and the benefits of membership
Cassie Haines, OV/SA Board Director


5.30pm – 6.00pm
Employment considerations and employment contracts
Pete Haydon, Chief Executive Officer, OV/SA
Pete has worked for Optometry Victoria since 2014, following management roles in both corporate and humanitarian organisations in Australia and abroad.Pete has assisted the Board to develop and deliver an expanded range of member-focused services across his time with the association, alongside ensuring financial sustainability.
6.00pm – 6.45pm
The reality of making the transition to practice: a panel session and Q and A with early career optometristsThe purpose of the ECO panel session is to provide the students with insights into the experience of making the transition from study to practice. Panellists will be invited to share a brief overview of where they studied, when they graduated and where they’re working now.
Facilitator: Michelle Marven


  • Renee Slunjski (SA metro) – National Vision          Optometrist
  • Ilham Aden (Vic metro) – Specsavers
  • Kieran Do (Vic metro) – OPSM
  • Kate Pecar (Vic metro) – ACO
  • Martin Diep (SA rural) – Independent
6.45pm – 6.55pm
Employer videos: how to access them online
Michelle Marven, Member Services and Policy Manager, OV/SA
6.55pm – 7.00pm
Close and evaluation
Michelle Marven, Member Services and Policy Manager, OV/SA


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.