The Young Optoms QLD/NT AVC dinner
By Marissa Megaloconomos
Vice president, Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory
It’s been an action-packed year for our Optometry Queensland and Northern Territory Young Optometrists group.
Dr Emily Woodman presented a lecture in May titled ‘Ocular complications from systemic medications and diseases’. The lecture, which offered 4.5 therapeutic points, was followed by an informal dinner and catch-up with members.
In June, 14 young optometrists attended a finance seminar with Ian Holmes from Holmes Stubbings Accountant. Ian offered the recent optometry graduates information about completing their tax returns, tax deductions and superannuation. He also covered information on locuming and different types of business set ups.
Finance seminar with Ian Holmes
Advancing clinical skills
A clinical skills workshop was held at QUT in September. Seventeen young optometrists joined presenter David Stephensen as he demonstrated advanced clinical techniques including scleral indentation, lacrimal lavage and dry eye therapies.
Our end-of-year Christmas social dinner was held at the Bavarian Bier Cafe on Sunday, on 13 December. The dinner offered us a chance to catch up informally with colleagues before the Christmas break and talk about what will happen in 2016.
The 2015 Christmas dinner
Get in the group
The Young Optoms QLD/NT Facebook page is shared with a closed group. This allows members to post clinical questions or cases if needed but still comply with patient privacy regulations. To join, members must also be members of OQNT. We also post the occasional update through the Optometry QLD & NT Facebook page, which is open for anyone to like.
Eyes on 2016
Looking ahead to 2016, we are in our planning stage to ensure we continue to bring together events that engage and support our local young optometrist members as they journey through their first five years following graduation.
We will pass on to you what we come up with after we hold our strategic planning meeting.