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By Ashleigh McMillan
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The 2017 Australian Vision Convention ‘went off without a hitch’, with more than 400 delegates attending on 22-23 April.

Optometry Queensland Northern Territory CEO Cathryn Baker says the event held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa has been extremely well-received by both delegates and exhibitors.

‘We pride ourselves on our clinical program, so to hear such positive feedback about our range of speakers was fantastic,’ she said.

‘Speaker highlights included Dr Lauren Ayton’s talks on vision restoration and OCT in retinal disease, and the lecture on emergency ophthalmology by Dr Fraser Imrie, the current medical director of ophthalmology at the Gold Coast University Hospital. Dr Andrew Laming, a federal MP, presented an interesting discussion on the challenges ahead to eradicate trachoma.

‘The flowing layout of the trade hall this year allowed for really positive interactions between delegates and exhibitors. The Marriot Resort and Spa works beautifully as a venue,’ she said.

All exhibitor stands in the trade exhibition were sold by January this year, three months ahead of AVC 2017.

AVC 2018 will be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre on 7-8 April 2018, as a result of the Commonwealth Games being hosted by the Gold Coast in April next year.

‘Early feedback from local optometrists for the 2018 switch to the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre is positive. We have been planning for six years in anticipation of the Commonwealth Games and we will ensure the Brisbane trade hall has a similar feel to this year’s conference because it has been so successful,’ Ms Baker said.

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