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Pupil to practitioner


By Ashleigh McMillan


YO NSW/ACT started their events for the year with an intense boot camp for 28 new graduates, focusing on referral pathways and Medicare billing.

The event on 12 February also covered clinical tips for systemic diseases and contact lens fitting. A diverse roster of speakers gave presentations, including Rajeev Naidu, Elias Harb, Shaun Chang, Sarah Tait and Optometry NSW/ACT’s CEO Andrew McKinnon.

Treasurer and publications officer Wilson Luu said the boot camp had been run to bridge the gap between graduating and stepping into the role of a practitioner.  

‘Going into the real world where you are potentially on your own is a big and scary thing. When reflecting on how we had felt during that transition period, we wanted to help relieve that stress, confusion and anxiety in the new graduates, and turn this challenging and daunting period into something more empowering,’ he said.

‘This boot camp was designed to build their confidence as practitioners, so that they can practise efficiently and provide quality eye care to their patients. Feedback was positive, with attendees finding the day useful.

‘By giving the fledgling optometrists some extra inspiration and providing tips and tricks from practising optometrists, hopefully it will give these new graduates a confidence boost as well as a reminder that they will be great clinicians,’ he said.

Luke Cahill and Christine Craigie attended the boot camp to discuss the role of Optometry Australia, and the event was sponsored by Optometry NSW/ACT and CooperVision. 

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