Optometry Australia's student leadership program

Our student leadership program 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.

In September Optometry Australia issues an invitation to optometry students at all universities to apply to participate in the Student Leadership Program and up to 12 students are selected annually from these applications. Successful candidates are then hosted in Melbourne each January to participate in a two-day engaging leadership program.

Students who have attended this program have called it “life-changing”, “invaluable” and the opportunity to be “future-ready”.

You too can participate by applying to Optometry Australia when applications open annually. Bookmark this page, watch out for our emails and talk to your lecturers who will be advised when the program is open.


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