By Ashleigh McMillan
Perth-based optometrist David Hsu has been appointed chairperson of the Optometry Western Australia Graduate Group (OWAGG).
David graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2014 before moving to Perth to take a role at Specsavers Innaloo. He replaces Katherine Hegarty in the role.
OWAGG was established to build social connections between young optometrists in Western Australia, many of whom have come from interstate or overseas.
‘Along with the clinical hurdles that we come across in practice, we recognise that there are also areas outside of optometry that young optometrists may struggle with, especially for those who have moved interstate on their own,’ David said.
‘We are just like every young person with young people’s problems. Some of us may be interested in financing a new car or buying their first house, some of us may be having trouble with their current employer and some of us may be feeling isolated after moving to a new city.
‘Whatever support we can provide for these young optometrists to help accommodate their needs can only be beneficial and will further their early career,’ he said. ‘OWAGG is driven this year to provide further clinical and non-clinical education that is more tailored to its members' needs.’
OWAGG will host a finance lecture on 23 May, presented by the managing director of Optometry Finance Australia, Paul McKinley. Attendees will receive 3 CPD points. Topics for the evening’s discussion include introduction to finance, car finance and home loans.
Information about the evening can be found here and on the Optometry Western Australia website.
Read about David’s experiences as an early career optometrist.