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By Helen Carter

Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory attributes an excellent attendance of 471 people at Australian Vision Convention to a strong clinical program.

CEO Cathryn Baker said the number of delegates was comparable to that of 2014.

The conference was held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10-12 April.

‘The cornerstone of AVC 2015 was the strength of its program. Presenters such as Professor Brien Holden were very well received by delegates,’ Ms Baker said.

‘We had an exceptional list of speakers including Dr Nelofar Deen, Dr Peter Herse, Mark Koszek, Dr Hamish McKee, Dr Sunil Warrier and Andrew Hogan.

‘There was a 30-strong exhibition hall with new features including views of the canal and an interactive hub that showcased the Google Glass on Saturday, with Andrew Hogan.

‘We are really pleased with the feedback received from our sponsors and exhibitors.’

On Saturday night 400 people attended a dinner at Dreamworld and enjoyed rides and entertainment.

‘After a busy day in lectures, everyone was relaxed and having a great time; it was really good to see,’ Ms Baker said.

Fourteen people attended a dispenser session on the Sunday. ‘The dispenser session was well received by attendees, with them encouraging us to hold another in 2016,’ Ms Baker said.

‘In 2016 we’re excited about showcasing a new look AVC on the Gold Coast and we will reveal more in coming months.’

Other highlights included sponsored breakfast sessions and free optional online assessment for additional CPD.

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