(L-R) OWAGG chairman David Hsu with OWAGG members
An event for early career optometrists has enabled practitioners in rural Western Australia to socialise and accrue CPD points.
The lectures and drinks function were held by the Optometry Western Australia Graduate Group on 12 August, the day before the WAVE conference. Eighteen young optometrists attended the lectures at which eight CPD points were offered.
OWAGG chairman David Hsu said the event had been structured to provide early career optometrists with clinical knowledge relevant to their career status.
‘Even more importantly, the day provided them a social platform to mingle with other likeminded professionals,’ he said.
‘A lot of our members aren't local to Perth, with most of them coming originally from either interstate or overseas. We wanted to provide our members an opportunity to make friends with each other and develop a stronger support network for themselves.
’Some people might find it difficult to attend our regular CPD events throughout the year, so this allows them to get a number of CPD points in one go. It’s a great opportunity for us to do something different with our CPD events as well,’ Mr Hsu said.
Optometry Australia president Kate Gifford presented two lectures, one covering the top five conditions treated with therapeutic medicines and the other on how graduates should approach paediatric patients.
Michael Yapp, the chief staff optometrist at the Centre for Eye Health, spoke about recent advances in ocular imaging that are changing how optometrists diagnose eye disease. Mr Yapp was also a speaker at WAVE.
Mr Hsu said the OWAGG event had been driven by the needs of the group’s members who suggested many of the topics covered on the day.
‘The topics had been tailored to areas in optometry that would garner the most interest from the younger crowd, such as ocular therapeutics, contact lenses and paediatric optometry,’ he said.
(L-R) Eden Kwok, Simon Hanna and Jenna Nolan
(L-R) David Hsu and Kiran Sookroo with OWA board member Geoff Smith