Committee members

Lauren Hutchinson

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“My passion in optometry lies within Indigenous and rural community health. I believe in the need for strong advocacy and leadership in these areas. I am dedicated to continually promoting the need for allied health services within small communities. I believe that optometry services should be accessible to everyone and be delivered in a culturally safe way.”

Alex Koutsokeras

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“My vision for the future includes specialisation within optometry, increased therapeutic and surgical scope of practice, and better relationships with ophthalmology. As an optometrist in an independent practice, I’d also like to see more networking, social and industry events for all optometrists – not just those in the large corporates.”

Sue Kweon

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“As an optometrist working in an independent practice for the first time and living in Sydney for the first time, I am forging my future. This perfectly aligns with my mission for ECONA: to empower early career optometrists to build our future in the way we imagine it to be.”

Lowana Littlechild

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“I am excited for the opportunity to contribute to the ECONA committee. As a young optometrist practising in a rural area, I am passionate about ensuring that the voices of optometrists like me are heard, and that everyone within the profession is well supported by the association regardless of geographic location. I want to ensure that optometrists remain an integral and respected member of the allied health community in NSW and Australia.”

Jack Phu

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“I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to help shape the future of the optometric profession. The young members of the profession represent a diverse cohort, and I am keen to be able to push forward an agenda of progressive and innovative practice to improve patient care.”

Daniel Rafla

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“I am a newly graduated optometrist who is excited to be out in the real world, testing eyes and helping to deliver optimal eye care. Being a part of the ECONA committee is an amazing opportunity, which will really allow me to contribute to future optometrists in the early years of their career.”

Wendy Saw

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“I’m excited to be involved in ECONA because I am passionate about mentoring graduates. As a regional optometrist, I know firsthand the potential for mental health struggles to occur outside the cities and I’d like to combat this. Finally, I’d love to be at the interface of our professional alliance with ophthalmologists.”

Phoebe Wong

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“I'm grateful to be part of the ECONA committee and look forward to the opportunities ahead. In this position, I hope to improve the transition for students becoming optometrists, to provide specialised professional development events, and to empower optometrists to take on minor in-office surgical procedures.”

Margaret Zhong

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"I believe ECONA is the perfect platform to actively represent and support young optometrists - we face experiences and challenges in our early career that eventually become fundamental in dictating our passions and ideas around our profession. We are also frequently reminded that optometry is changing. As a member of this committee, I will strive to establish a sustainable and rewarding future for young optometrists.”

Sub-committee members

Additional ECONA members involved in the sub-committees including:
Optometric Scope, Corporate Engagement, Student Engagement and Regional Engagement.

Corporate engagement sub-committee and Student engagement sub-committee

Jingyi Chen

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“I’m excited to be part of ECONA and passionate about bringing together and fostering strong connections between early career optometrists from all backgrounds. I believe we must build a united front to take control of the future of our profession.”

Scope of optometry sub-committee

Kerry Ho

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“I am keen to be part of ECONA with the desire to advance the field of optometry and to help transition those who are new to their careers. Furthermore, I would like to deliver further education and development in an engaging and interest manner.”

Scope of optometry sub-committee

Nancy Liu

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“I believe ECONA represents an opportunity for us to better shape the future of optometry, as we face the ever-growing demands of an ageing population. I look forward to working alongside like-minded peers to strive for increasing optometric scope and greater unity both within optometry and the wider health care community.”

Corporate engagement sub-committee

Estelle Zhao

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“Observing the devaluation of other allied health professions has given me the desire to ensure that optometry does not go down the same route. I want optometry to remain a valued, respected and essential element of the health-care community. It is imperative that young optometrists working for corporates remain active in the wider optometry community and I feel that ECONA has a key role to play in guiding them.”

Student engagement sub-committee

Judy Nam

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I’m excited for this opportunity to be involved in ECONA to represent and promote the passions of young members within the optometric profession. By fostering a positive culture, I want to develop student engagement and create an innovative network for early career optometrists. Ultimately, I look forward to help shaping a progressive future for optometry such that the profession remains an integral part of the healthcare community.

Regional sub-committee

Acyel Al-Alosi

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As an early graduate optometrist working in a regional area, I am excited to be part of ECONA Regional Sub-committee. It is an opportunity to discuss with like-minded individuals on the issues that regional optometrists face and how these issues can be solved. My hope that my engagement with ECONA will bring better community awareness of the optometrist role as well as encourage regional optometrists and other health professionals to co-manage to provide the best clinical care to our patients.

Regional sub-committee

Kathy Qiu

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I'm incredibly excited to be a part of the ECONA committee, specifically within the regional sub-committee. As an early career optometrist who has worked predominantly in regional areas, in ACT and interstate since graduating, I understand first hand the unique challenges and issues that arise from the limited resources regional optometrists encounter. I hope to be someone my fellow colleagues can reach out to with any ideas or concerns, and act as a spokesperson for them in working towards a better support network for all optometrists.

Tyson Xu

Regional sub-committee

Tyson Xu

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I look forward to working with the ECONA team as it presents itself as a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of changing tides in the optometry landscape. I hope that we can realise the full potential of our profession within the healthcare system and be proud of the positive impact we have on our patients.

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