Early Career Optometrists Victoria

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Optometry Victoria provides services to a vital and vibrant community of optometrists, at every stage of their career.

Early Career Optometrists Victoria (ECOV) are a committee of Optometry Victoria, providing regular events, networking opportunities, information and advice specifically for early career optometrists. You can read more about the committee here. ECOV recently changed their name from Young Optometrists Victoria. The new name better reflects the diversity of early career optometrists, and is consistent with the other Optometry Australia state division early career committee names. 

Early career optometrists are encouraged to contact the ECOV committee with ideas, suggestions and issues by emailing earlycareeroptomvic@gmail.com or through the Early Career Optometrists - Optometry Victoria facebook page.

Upcoming events 

ECOV's Back to Basics: Glaucoma CPD seminar will be held on Monday 20 May. The seminar has been moved to a larger venue to accommdate member demand for this event. 

Previous events

The Immediate Graduates dinner was held on Monday 1 April from 7pm-9pm at Berth Restaurant, Docklands.

ECOV's CPD seminar Diagnostic Dilemmas with guest speaker Anne Weymouth was an outstanding success. Held on 19 March at Optometry Victoria, the seminar attracted over 55 members on the night. 

The ECOV trivia night was held on Monday 26 November. This fun, social event for early career members included dinner, drinks and prizes. 

The Immediate Graduates dinner was held on Monday 22 October and provided the Deakin 2018 graduating cohort the opportunity to reconnect since starting work. Held at the beautiful Berth restaurant in Docklands, the dinner was a fun night with delicious food and drinks. 

Referrals 101 was a seminar for early career members held on Monday 10 September. The seminar provided early career optometrists with the resources and skills to triage and write effective referrals. Guest speakers were ophthalmologist Dr Amy Cohn and optometrist Anthony Sargeant. 

The third ECO National Think Tank held on 9 September provided early career representatives from each of the states and territories with the opportunity to discuss the future of the profession and the key emerging issues. A final report from the Think Tank will be presented to Optometry Australia in late 2018. 

ECOV's Prescribing contact lenses for presbyopia seminar was held on Monday 2 July. The seminar provided early career members with a practical overview of the types of multifocal contact lenses and the basics of fitting soft multifocal lenses. The seminar had an emphasis on case-based discussion and troubleshooting tricky patients. Guest speakers were optometrists Andrew Huhtanen and Katrina Yap.  

Optometry Victoria's 'Planning for Success' seminar was held on Monday 7 May. The seminar was aimed at experienced members who are planning for the future, and early career members who are looking to move into practice partnership or ownership. For photos and the presentations visit the webpage

The Immediate Graduates dinner was held on Monday 23 April, at Berth restaurant in Docklands. The dinner was very popular, with everyone thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to catch up with friends and sample some delicious food. Photos from the night are available here

ECOV's 'Getting the most out of your therapeutics' seminar was held on Tuesday 27 March. This popular seminar provided early career optometrists with a review of the various classes of therapeutics available in clinical practice. Guest speakers were Matt Wells and Jacquiline Kirkman. Members can view the seminar presentations, and photos of the evening here.  

'Tips and tricks for examining little humans' seminar was held on Wednesday 8 November. Speakers Dr Christolyn Raj and Peter Nixon provided a informative and insightful presentation into delivering optometry services for children and their families. 

'A beginner's guide to hard contacts made easy' was held on Monday 28 August. The seminar provided early career members with a practical overview of the basics of fitting rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses and easy keratoconic fits. Participants received 6 CPD points (with assessment). 

Optometry Victoria's 'Retirement and Succession Planning' seminar was held on Thursday June 15. This was a companion seminar to 'Become your own boss' which was held in March. The seminar provided early career members with an opportunity to meet experienced members who were considering their retirement options, including selling their practice or bringing a new partner into the business. Approximately 40 members attended the seminar. 

The Immediate Graduates dinner was held on Thursday 13 April. The dinner was for all Optometry Victoria Immediate Graduate members.  

'Become your own boss' was held on Monday 27 March 2017. Approximately 60 early career optometrists attended the seminar, making this the most popular ECOV seminar to date.   

In March 2017 the ECOV committee was delighted to announce that Jillian Campbell would join the committee. The committee received an very high calibre of applications, ensuring this was a extremely competitive process. 

In February 2017, ECOV committee member Rebecca Li presented to the third year University of Melbourne students, along with Optometry Victoria CEO Pete Haydon and Optometry Australia's National Professional Services Manager Luke Arundel. The presentation was a great opportunity to meet the third year students, and to speak with them about the sorts of issues that Optometry Victoria and Optometry Australia assist members with, employment contract tips and tricks, support and assistance for early career members and other benefits of membership. 

In October 2016 the ECOV committee held a communication CPD seminar specifically targeted to the needs of early career optometrists. Guest speaker Sharyn Milnes from the School of Medicine at Deakin University provided participants with practical, evidence-based information on communicating effectively with patients. Participants received 1.5 CPD points (non-clinical) for attending. 

The Immediate Graduates Dinner for Deakin 2016 optometry graduates was held on Thursday 20 October 2016. This was a great opportunity for participants to catch up with their peers since starting their career in optometry, and to meet senior staff and Optometry Victoria Board Directors. The dinner was held at the General Assembly in South Wharf in the Melbourne CBD. View photos from the night via Optometry Victoria's Facebook page

The early career optometrists finance seminar was a face-to-face seminar held on Tuesday 10 May 2016, that provided early career optometrists with practical, relevant and easy to understand information on taxation, record keeping, salary sacrifice and other profession-related financial information. Participants received 1.5 CPD points (non-clinical) for attending. 

The Immediate Graduates Dinner was held on 14 April 2016. The dinner was for 2015 University of Melbourne graduates, and offered them a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with their peers, share experiences and meet senior staff from Optometry Victoria. View photos from the night via Optometry Victoria's Facebook page.

ECOV committee members spoke at Optometry Victoria's Careers Expo 2016 held in early March. Over 100 third and final year students attended the Careers Expo. Committee members highlighted the work of ECOV and encouraged students to get involved.  

ECOV hosted a full-day Career Development workshop for early career optometrists in November 2015. Participants heard from a wide range of speakers about working in the areas of children's vision, therapeutics and ocular disease, contact lens, and research, teaching and academia. Various practice options were discussed, and participants were provided with the opportunity to develop a personal career plan. Participants received five non-clinical CPD points for attending. 

ECOV were profiled in the October 2015 edition of Scope. To read the article, click here and scroll to page six.