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Early Career Optometrists attended a joint workshop with the State Presidents in Melbourne in May about the future of optometry



By Rhiannon Riches
Communications Manager


Optometry Australia is inviting all members and stakeholders to attend an Optometry 2040 workshop in their capital city.

A total of seven workshops are taking place between July and September, free of charge.

Optometry 2040 is an initiative, led by Optometry Australia, which aims to identify likely and preferred futures for optometry, optometrists, and community eye health over the next 20 years.

CEO Lyn Brodie said the initiative is vital to the profession.

‘This initiative seeks to respond to concerns that the future is looking more uncertain for many due to the on-going turbulence resulting from technological, economic, political and demographic change.

‘We want members and stakeholders to join us for one of our Optometry 2040 workshops. These innovative workshops will use proven techniques that enable participants to identify what is needed to ensure the preferred futures that we seek for optometry become a reality.’

Ms Brodie said the outcomes of all workshops will feed into the creation of a multi-decade strategy that will become the blueprint for a progressive Australian optometry sector.

Early Career Optometrists and State Presidents attended a joint workshop in Melbourne in May, presented by world-leading future studies expert, Professor Sohail Inayatullah. Optometry Victoria President Murray Smith shared his thoughts about Optometry 2040:

Optometry Victoria President Murray Smith

Workshop details

NSW Workshop(s) in conjunction with SILMO Sydney 2018:

10:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 21 July 2018, ICC Sydney
1:30pm to 3:30pm, Saturday 21 July 2018, ICC Sydney

As Optometry Australia is a key partner of SILMO Sydney 2018, members will be able to access the conference before or after the workshop.

QLD/NT Workshop: Tuesday 7 August 2018, Mantra on Queen, 570 Queen St, Brisbane, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

TAS Workshop: Wednesday 8 August 2018, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel, 1 Macquarie St, Hobart, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

WA Workshop: Monday 27 August 2018, ADA House, 54-58 Havelock Street, West Perth, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

VIC Workshop: Saturday 8 September 2018, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 9:30am to 3:45pm

SA Workshop: There has been a date change for the South Australia event to Friday 14 September 2018, Adelaide Convention Centre, 6:00pm to 8:00pm

MEMBERS: Register here to attend a workshop in your capital city

STAKEHOLDERS: Register here to attend a workshop in Sydney or Melbourne


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