Optometry Australia's student leadership program

Our student leadership program, launched in 2019, is designed to give students the skills they need to become a future leader within the optometry profession.

The program includes a variety of coaching sessions focusing on different models of leadership, understanding the purpose of leadership and clarifying guiding values. It is designed to ensure optometry’s emerging leaders have the skills to navigate the anticipated opportunities and challenges of a changing optometry landscape.

Participants are also provided opportunities to network formally and informally with established leaders in optometry, including members of the Optometry Australia National Board and staff, and representatives from Optometry Australia’s early career optometrist groups.

The 2020 Optometry Australia Student Leadership Program will be hosted in Melbourne, from 20-22 January 2020. There are limited places, and all enrolled optometry students who will commence their final year during 2020 are invited to express their interest in participating.


Interested in applying?

Applicants are required to send an application letter of no more than 500 words, addressing the following questions in their response:

  • What do you think being a leader means?
  • What leadership experience have you had?
  • Why do you think you would benefit from participating in the Optometry Australia Student Leadership Program?

Please also include a written referral (of no more than 200 words) from one of your lecturers or tutors, briefly describing why they recommend you to participate in this program.

Applications are due to policy@optometry.org.au by midnight on Sunday 29 September 2019.

For more information, please email Sarah Davies at policy@optometry.org.au or call us on (03) 9668 8500.

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