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Lachlan Powell and Optometry QLD/NT President David Foresto    Photo: QUT

By Helen Carter


Four optometry students have won five prestigious prizes in the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Health Awards.

The annual awards ceremony was held on 18 February at the university’s Kelvin Grove campus.

Prizes were awarded by QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory, and industry partners, CooperVision and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care.

Lachlan Powell received the Optometry QLD/NT Award for a final-year Master of Optometry student on the basis of performance in clinical optometry, together with a rating by clinical instructors on clinical aptitude and professionalism.

He also received the Johnson & Johnson Vision Care prize, awarded to the final-year Master of Optometry student who gained the highest result in clinical contact lens studies.

Robyn Shephard won the Optometry QLD/NT Prize for the first-year Bachelor of Vision Science student with the highest overall academic achievement.

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Robyn Shephard    Photo: QUT

The QUT School of Optometry and Vision Science Prize, for the third-year Bachelor of Vision Science student who gained the highest overall result in the subjects Assessment of Vision 5 and Assessment of Vision 6, was awarded to William Chelepy.

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William Chelepy and Associate Professor Peter Hendicott    Photo: QUT

The CooperVision Contact Lens Prize for the first-year Master of Optometry student who gained the highest achievement in the subject Contact Lens Practice was awarded to Charlotte Quirk.

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Charlotte Quirk    Photo: QUT

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