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Education tailored to ECOs’ needs

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ECO WA members (L-R) Eden Kwok, Kimberley Ngu, David Hsu, Alvin Chong, Jacky Wu, Kiran Sookroo, Sarah Gosling and Matthew Chung   Image: Pete Gardner Photography

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By Helen Carter
Journalist

 

Members of Early Career Optometrists (ECO) Western Australia attended a CPD afternoon skewed towards less experienced practitioners before the main Western Australian Vision Education conference.

The ECO17 CPD lecture presentations were given on 11 August at the Rendezvous Scarborough Beach Hotel, the same venue as WAVE17 on 12-13 August.

Speakers presenting at WAVE also gave lectures at the ECO CPD afternoon but delivered different topics. They included ophthalmologist Dr Antony Clark from Lions Eye Institute Perth, accountant and finance broker Optometry Finance Australia managing director Paul McKinley; and optometrists Adrian Bell, Amira Howari, Stephen Leslie, Rodenstock Australia professional services manager Nicola Peaper, and from Optometry Australia president Andrew Hogan and national clinical policy adviser Simon Hanna.

ECO WA chairman David Hsu said: ‘All the speakers were very good and their topics were relevant to what we needed. The topics were different from their WAVE talks, more streamlined to the ECO group and focused on younger optometrists.

‘There was discussion after each talk and it was good that we were a smaller group and could do this. It was the third time WAVE has had a specific ECO education session and we will be running it again next year, possibly with a later start in the evening.’

The ECO education session attracted 11 CPD points including three therapeutic points and was followed by canapés and drinks.



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