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Now it feels like home

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By David Hsu
BVisSc MOptom (QUT 2014)
Specsavers Innaloo WA

 

A support network is important. When I first moved over to WA, I was lucky to already have a few friends in the profession working here and as I started to settle in, I found Optometry Western Australia to be very supportive.

I had a difficult time deciding which employer I really wanted to work for. Prior to graduating from QUT, I had visited a number of potential employers and occasionally sat in on some of their consultations. Ultimately, my decision was based on which employer would allow me to grow the quickest as a young optometrist and would open the most doors to further opportunities.

In my first weeks of practice, I had to overcome some personal and mental doubts. I remember asking myself in my first few weeks: ‘Have I made the right decision in moving to WA away from all my friends and family? Am I really competent enough to be managing someone else’s ocular health? Did I just miss a retinal detachment?’

The more patients I saw, the less I asked myself those questions. By about the 88th time I had picked up my Volk lens—that’s 44 pairs of eyes—those questions were the last thing on my mind and I recognised myself as a fully-qualified optometrist.

I am very interested in orthokeratology and miniscleral contact lenses. This was one of the reasons why I chose to go with my current employer. 

I am very happy that I had made the move to the west coast. The weather’s always beautiful and I have already made some really good friends.

When my friends from Brisbane came to visit me one weekend, I took them to Rottnest Island for a day’s cycle and swim. It was such a great day. We rode our bikes from one beach to the next, jumped into the water when we wanted to cool off and took selfies with the quokkas along the way.

I am a big fan of the food scene and nightlife around the city. There always seems to be something on every weekend; sometimes you just have to go looking for it. Since moving here, I’ve been to a Wildcat’s game, showed off my swag at music shows, laughed out loud at a few comedy shows, developed a slight tan over my once translucent skin and gained five kilos that all went straight to my gut.

I’ve learned so much since I started working here, and seen many interesting cases already. I consider Western Australia my new home now.

 

To learn more about becoming a member of the Optometry Western Australia Graduates Group (OWAGG), email katherinejhegarty@gmail.com.



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