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By Ashleigh McMillan


Delegates at Tasmania’s Lifestyle Congress were treated to a mix of educational and social highlights at the conference held on 25-27 August.  

Optometry Tasmania CEO Jonathan Jones said the congress provided a diverse education program and an outstanding social event, the CooperVision conference dinner at the Museum of Old and New Art.

Kate Gifford lectured on evidence-based clinical myopia control, providing delegates with clinical tips and communication strategies, and Dr Paul Gifford discussed the relationship between scientific literature and clinical innovation in myopia during the Sunday breakfast session.

‘Having American optometrists Professor Joseph Sowka and Associate Professor Lori Vollmer from Nova Southeastern University speak is always a highlight, and I’ve had very positive feedback about the range of ophthalmology presentations on the Sunday,’ Mr Jones said.

‘TLC is a boutique conference, where attendees are more likely to meet key speakers and be able to engage with them. It’s always going to be a regional conference, it’s never going to be an SRC, so we try and focus on the personal touch with the location and the MONA dinner.

‘Interstate delegates get the opportunity to experience a different climate, and what makes TLC special is just the Tassie appeal of good food and a beautiful location.’

Professor Joseph Sowka presents his Ode to Glaucoma at TLC 2017


MONA dinner TLC 2017 - online

Dinner at MONA


Tori Halsey, Karen Hurtado, Rebecca Youd - online

(L-R) Tori Halsey, Karen Hurtado and Rebecca Youd

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