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Regional Series – Adelaide Matinee Seminar

Presented by:  Mitchell Hancock

Retina oddities and emergencies, a rural perspective

Free to OV/SA Members

Learning Objectives

  • To identify some non-pathological oddities.
  • To identify retinal emergencies and urgencies.
  • To triage appropriately.
  • To organise timely and effective Ophthalmological referral.


CPD Hours

 2.5 Interactive quality assured hours with assessment

Meet our Speaker

Mitch Completed his Bachelor of Optometry at UNSW 1995, Masters in Optometry 2007 UNSW, completed Therapeutics in 1998 via UNSW and completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics 2010 at QUT once SA prescribing was legislated.

Purchased first Optometry Practice Gulf and Ranges Optometrists – Port Augusta in 2005.  It is a full scope practice that also encompasses rural outreach, nursing home, aboriginal health and safety eyewear for mining and industry within the region.  See Optometry was then purchased in 2017.

In practice, Mitch experiences a high volume of acute and chronic eye health management and was the first to establish formal co-management protocols with visiting Ophthalmologists to country SA.

He is one of the foundation placement partners for Flinders University, completed the Flinders University Supervisors Course as well as guest speaking presentations to 4th and 5th year Optometry Students.  Mitch also provides mentorship for 3 early career optometrists working in their practices.

Mitch is a registered and accredited CPD training provider for RACGP and ACRRM since 2019, and has educated community GPs and Nurse Practitioners of regional SA including those of the RFDS to triage acute eye emergencies and refer eye health appropriately.

Mitch is married to his business partner Tiffany and they have 4 teenage children.