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CONFERENCE

The dual-stream conference program is tailored to meet the needs of optometrists at all stages of their careers, with a separate dedicated masterclass program specifically for optical dispensers and practice managers.

 
 
 
 

CONFERENCE:

The dual stream Clinical Conference is presented by Optometry Victoria and replaces SRC. It will bring together both international and domestic speakers in a cutting edge educational program. The program is tailored to meet the needs of optometrists at all stages of their career. You can choose to attend the clinical conference over one, two or three days.


ABOUT

The Clinical Conference

The O=MEGA19 Clinical Conference is presented by Optometry Victoria and replaces SRC. It will bring together both international and domestic speakers in a cutting edge educational program. The dual stream format is tailored to meet the needs of optometrists at all stages of their career. You can choose to attend the clinical conference over one, two or three days.

What does your Clinical Conference Registration include?

  • Free trade fair entry to over 100 exhibitors

  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on the day you attend

  • Networking cocktail events (Friday and Saturday only)

  • The opportunity to earn up to 48 CPD points (subject to accreditation)

  • A dual stream format of hourly lectures from highly regarded clinical speakers from Australia and around the world

  • Twin keynote lectures (Saturday only)

  • Sponsored breakout sessions (CPD points subject to accreditation).

What is the difference between a Conference Breakout Session and a Masterclass?

Breakout sessions take place during the clinical conference and are presented in a small, more intimate setting by conference sponsors on topics relevant to optometrists. These sessions may also attract CPD points depending on the content (subject to accreditation).

 

Masterclasses are aimed primarily at optical dispensers, opticians and practice management staff etc. and are run mostly by education providers and training organisations. They do not have clinical CPD points attributed to them. Optometrists booking for the clinical conference are welcome to attend a masterclass (fees apply) but attendees should note that masterclasses may conflict with sessions within the clinical conference program. 

 

Continuing professional development points (CPD)

Attending the O=MEGA19 Clinical Conference and answering the assessment questions can earn you up to 48 CPD points. You will be provided with a username and password prior to the conference. You MUST login to register your attendance at each session during the conference.  Once you have logged in for one session you cannot login for another session in the same time period, as the system is set up for only one login per session per hour. 

Please note a daily breakdown of CPD is not currently available. This will be confirmed closer to the Conference.

PROGRAM

FRIDAY JULY 19


12.00pm -1.00pm

Plenary Theatre

Assoc Prof. Bang Bui

Assoc Prof. Bang Bui

Why older eyes are at greater risk of glaucoma
(CPD 3T)

Presented by A/Prof Bang Bui


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the contribution of IOP to glaucoma risk

  2. To understand how low blood pressure contributes to glaucoma risk

  3. To explore why high systemic hypertension paradoxically increases glaucoma risk

  4. To consider how ageing and the optic nerve pressure gradient might influence glaucoma risk


12.00pm -1.00pm

Sovereign Theatre

Katrina Yap

Katrina Yap

Karina Sinclair

Karina Sinclair

Victor Liu

Victor Liu

Optometry cases from around Victoria
(CPD 3T)

Presented by Katrina Yap, Karina Sinclair & Victor Liu


Learning objectives:

  1. To consider the different treatment options for Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) and resultant persistent subepithelial infiltrates 

  2. To review management of pain from a blind glaucomatous eye. 

  3. To compare the safety and efficacy profiles of Descemet’s stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) and Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK) 


1.00pm -2.00pm

Plenary Theatre

Assoc Prof. Jennifer Craig

Assoc Prof. Jennifer Craig

Myth or reality – do novel approaches to dry eye really work?
(CPD 3T)

Presented by A/Prof Jennifer Craig


  1. To appreciate the multifactorial nature of dry eye and the importance of establishing the source of the disease to achieve optimal patient outcomes

  2. To gain an understanding of the evidence base surrounding the use intense pulsed light therapy for dry eye

  3. Based on recent scientific evidence, to consider the role Manuka honey can play in the management of eyelid disease


1.00pm -2.00pm

Sovereign Theatre

Dr Anne Weymouth

Dr Anne Weymouth

Clinical electrophysiology: diagnostic logic for patients with retinal disease

(CPD 3)

Presented by Dr Anne Weymouth


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the role of clinical electrodiagnostics for specific retinal pathologies

  2. To identify those patients who might require advanced diagnostic investigation

  3. To develop clinical diagnostic logic for patients with complex retinal disease


VTI Vision Education Session

2.00pm -3.00pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Peg Auchenbach

Dr Peg Auchenbach

EDOF - a novel method for myopia management

(CPD 3M)

Presented by Dr Peg Achenbach OD


Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the various myopia management treatment options

  2. List clinical evidence for methods of myopia management

  3. Understand the optics of a novel extended depth of focus contact lens


Rodenstock Sponsored Education Session

2.00pm -3.00pm

Sovereign Theatre

Dietmar Uttenweiler

Dietmar Uttenweiler

DNEye PRO: A scientific breakthrough made visible

(CPD 3M)

Presented by Dr Dietmar Uttenweiler



3.00pm - 3.30pm
Trade Floor

Afternoon Tea and Trade Show


3.30pm -4.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Lionel Kowal

Dr Lionel Kowal

Turning our minds to the turned eye

(CPD 3)


Presented by Dr Lionel Kowal


3.30pm -4.30pm

Sovereign Theatre

Richard Lenne

Richard Lenne

Mark De Paola

Mark De Paola

Rural case studies of community impact

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Richard Lenne & Mark De Paola


Learning objectives

  1. To review the method of diagnosis and treatment options  for HZO

  2. To understand possible long term complications of HZO

  3. TBC


4.30pm -5.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Danica Marelli

Pregnancy and the eye

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Danica Marrelli


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the physiologic and pathologic changes that occur in the eye during pregnancy (including refractive error)

  2. To review the effect of pregnancy on pre-existing diabetic retinopathy

  3. To review the use of pharmaceutical agents (diagnostic and therapeutic) during pregnancy.


4.30pm - 5.30pm

Sovereign Theatre

Dr Jordan Keith

Dr Jordan Keith

Epiphora: A strategy for solving the common complaint

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Jordan Keith


Learning objectives:

  1. Form a strategy for evaluating all patients with complaints of epiphora 

  2. Participants will review the common and uncommon diseases that result in epiphora

  3. Participants will discuss the treatment options for the different causes of epiphora


saturDAY JULY 20


Alcon Education Session

9.00am -10.00am

Plenary Theatre

Mark Koszek

Mark Koszek

Setting your New Contact Lens Patients up for Success

(CPD TBC)

Presented by Mark Koszek


DAILIES TOTAL1® was a game-changer for the contact lenses category with its unique water gradient material. DAILIES TOTAL1® has allowed contact lens wearers to wear lenses while minimising interruption to their daily lives, even those that may suffer from contact lens related dryness. Alcon’s water gradient material brought excellent comfort by focusing on tear film stability. Now that existing contact lens wearers have seen the benefit of water-gradient material, Alcon is adding new wearers to our focus. Recent research has showed there is a gap in the market with the need to address the root cause of why 50% of new wearers drop out of lens wear in the first 3 months. Consumer insights show new wearers drop out because of issues with vision, comfort, handling or value.  

Alcon has launched a new contact lens which was designed to address reasons for drop-out which may help maximise the growth of the overall contact lens category for your practice.

PRECISION1™ has a water-step surface to help enhance tear film stabilisation, optimal modulus with its silicone hydrogel core for easy handling, and is offered at a price point accessible to new wearers.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation attendees are expected to:

  1. Understand the causes of contact lens drop-out amongst new wearers

  2. Understand how contact lens surfaces impact tear film stability

  3. Understand factors influencing comfort, handling and vision of contact lens wearers


9.00am -10.00am

Sovereign Theatre

Nicholas Rumney

Nicholas Rumney

Device Technologies Education Session:

Advances in OCT imaging with SWEPT SOURCE OCT ANGIOGRAPHY 

(CPD 3)

Presented by Nick Rumney , UK


Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is a non-invasive imaging technique that rapidly generates angiographic images. OCT-A utilises swept-source deep ranging repeat imaging of moving blood cells within the retinal vessels to construct images of retinal microvasculature. Swept source OCT provides a significant improvement over conventional OCT and facilitates the generation of OCT-A images through rapid scanning speed.

This presentation revises current angiographic techniques and contrasts this with swept-source OCT-A. The advantages and disadvantages of OCT-A will be discussed alongside the structures that can be viewed. Using video the mechanism of image generation can be shown. With any new technology it is important to understand artefact. OCT-A generates a number of artefacts e.g.  projection, motion, segmentation, these are described.

Published studies hint at OCTA’s potential efficacy in the evaluation of common ophthalmologic diseases such age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, artery and vein occlusions, and glaucoma. Using case studies the potential future and current value in clinical care can be demonstrated.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To revise the technology behind OCT-A

  2. To understand and manage OCT-A artefact

  3. To illustrate the benefits via case records


Rodenstock Sponsored Breakout Session

9.00am -10.00am

Hospitality Room 6

Nicola Peaper

Nicola Peaper

Why can’t my patient wear their new spectacles?

(CPD 3M)

Presented by Nicola Peaper


Often patients with little or no change just want a new pair of spectacles, but then find cannot adapt to the new pair. If nothing has changed what is the possible cause?

 

This workshop examines the effect that Corneal Vertex Distance (CVD), Face Form Angle (FFA) and Pantoscopic Tilt (PT) have on the design of a lens and how this may change a patients visual experience and adaptation. Looking at genuine cases the following will be discussed:

  • The effect of PT and CVD on perceived corridor length

  • The effect of FFA on vision at the optical centre and across a lens.

  • The effect of CVD on power when looking at different refracting and dispensing distances.


VTI Vision Education Session

9.00am -10.00am

Hospitality Room 7

Dr Peg Achenbach

Dr Peg Achenbach

Fitting NaturalVue daily disposable for the “opias”

(CPD 3M)

Presented by Dr Peg Achenbach OD


Learning outcomes:

  1. Describe how to fit NaturalVue EDOF cll for presbyopia and myopia management

  2. Describe a case for using NaturalVue EDOF cls for presbyopia and myopia management

  3. Understand troubleshooting methods for the NaturalVue EDOF cl


10.00am -11.00am

Plenary Theatre

Dr Jordan Keith

Dr Jordan Keith

Myopia control: an approach from the USA perspective

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Jordan Keith


  1. To review the evidence available so that optometrists know which patients might benefit from myopia control

  2. To explore treatment options available to offer to patients and what the advantages, disadvantages and risks are for the different treatment options

  3. Debunk some of the myths surrounding myopia control


10.00am -11.00am

Sovereign Theatre

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Danica Marelli

Detecting visual field progression in Glaucoma

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Danica Marrelli


Learning objectives:

  1. To review the main components of a visual field plot that help to determine loss and to think about the main patients to suspect for progression

  2. To look via case studies at visual field results over time to determine if progression has occurred and how treatment might be changed

  3. To discuss non parametric methods for looking for progression and treatment in glaucoma patients


11.00am - 11.30am
Trade Floor

Morning Tea and Trade Show


11.30am -12.30am

Plenary Theatre

David Foresto

David Foresto

Melting point: Managing corneal compromise

(CPD 3T)

Presented by David Foresto


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the relationship between inflammation and healing response

  2. To appropriately manage inflammation in an infectious situation

  3. To learn appropriate pain management strategies in corneal compromise


11.30am -12.30am

Sovereign Theatre

Rod Baker

Rod Baker

Interdisciplinary paediatric practice and prescribing glasses for children

(CPD 3)

Presented by Rod Baker


Learning objectives:

  1. Emmetropisation and broader developmental considerations in early childhood

  2. Literacy difficulties in the early primary school years (not following from amblyopia) and broader educational considerations

  3. Asthenopia in the secondary school years and broader social/health considerations in adolescents


Bausch & Lomb breakout session 

11.30am -12.30am

Hospitality Room 6

Bill Reindell

Bill Reindell

Integrating Innovation into Practice: Enhancing the Patient Communication

(CPD 1)

Presented by Bill Reindell


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand how enhancing patient communication may have a positive impact on patient care and your practice

  2. Apply evidence-based communication techniques that may proactively uncover patient needs and optimize the treatment experience

  3. Make a plan for implementing these techniques in your practice and with your staff


Alcon breakout session

11.30am -12.30am

Hospitality Room 7

Jason Holland

Jason Holland

Assessing Dry Eye – a practical in-practice approach

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Jason Holland


In this workshop the do’s and don’ts of how to identify and classify dry eye disease in a range of practice scenarios will be discussed. Techniques for assessing the tear film and eyelid will be demonstrated, with the opportunity to take a hands on approach. Different management plans will be discussed, enabling optometrists to formulate a management plan depending on their clinical findings and options available in a variety of practice settings.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the diagnosis methodology of Dry Eye Disease

  2. Understand the management and therapy of Dry Eye Disease

  3. Understand the technology behind Systane Complete


12.30pm - 3.00pm
Trade Floor

Lunch and Trade Show


3.00pm -5.00pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Jordan Keith

Dr Jordan Keith

Twin keynote: Cases that helped shape our careers

(CPD 6T)

Presented by Dr Danica Marrelli and Dr Jordan Keith


Learning objectives

  1. Participants will look at some challenging clinical cases one neuro case and one corneal erosion case

  2. Participants will look at cases where technology really helped in diagnosis  - macula hole and CSR

  3. Participants will discuss cases that help highlight important differentials - pigmentary glaucoma and glaucoma that was progressing


5.00pm - 7.00pm
Trade Floor

Trade Show and Social Event


SUNDAY JULY 21


9.00am -10.00am

Plenary Theatre

A/Prof Lyndell Lim

A/Prof Lyndell Lim

The management of uveitis in the era of biologics and injectable depot corticosteroids.

Presented by A/ Prof Lyndell Lim


Learning objectives

  1. To update Optometrists on the latest clinical trials in non-infectious uveitis using injectable or implantable depot corticosteroid preparations

  2. To update Optometrists on the use of biologics in non-infectious uveitis and the impact biologics used in other fields of medicine may have on the eye

  3. To update Optometrists on the current best practice for managing acute uveitis


9.00am -10.00am

Sovereign Theatre

Gavin O’Callaghan

Gavin O’Callaghan

Complications of scleral contact lenses

Presented by Gavin O’Callaghan  


Learning objectives:

  1. Be aware of some of the aftercare findings associated with and unique to scleral contact lenses 

  2. Differentiate benign issues from more serious complications

  3. Prescribe scleral contact lenses with an appreciation of the potential implications of a poor fitting relationship or poor physiological parameters


Zeiss Breakout session

9.00am - 10.00am
Hospitality Room 6

Advances in clinical care in perimetry, OCT angiography and ultra-widefield imaging.

(CPD 3)


Luke Chong

Luke Chong

Clinical evaluation of the SITA Faster perimetric threshold strategy

James Armitage

James Armitage


Clinical and Research applications for OCT Angiography

Graham Lakkis

Graham Lakkis


True colour wide field imaging from the Clarus 500 Clinical Case Reports.


Learning Objective:

  1. At completion of this lecture participants will recognise the clinical benefits of Clarus ultra widefield imaging and appreciated the Clarus advantage over competing imaging systems.


Bausch & Lomb Education Session

10.00am -11.00am

Plenary Theatre

Dr Bill Reindel

Dr Bill Reindel

Kevin Fahy

Kevin Fahy

Capturing Opportunity: Converting insights Into Innovation to enhance patient care

(CPD 3M)

Presented by Bill Reindel, Executive Director of Medical Affairs, Vision Care Bausch + Lomb.  USA

Presented by Kevin Fahy, Research & Development Manager, Bausch + Lomb, Ireland UK


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand contact lens interest, challenges, opportunity to enhance patient care

  2. Develop greater perspective on design innovations for addressing patient needs

  3. Recognize connections between investigational studies and “real world” patient outcomes


Optos education session

10.00am -11.00am

Sovereign Theatre

Willy Gunawan

Willy Gunawan

David Southgate

David Southgate

Ultra-wide retinal imaging: A series of case studies

(CPD 3)

Presented by: Willy Gunawan – Boptom from Collins Street Optometrists and David Southgate BScOptom, PostGradCertOcTher.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify vision & life threatening peripheral retinal pathology

  2. Recognise presenting history that dictates need for peripheral retinal exam

  3. Timely management and referral guideline for peripheral pathology


Vision 2020 Sponsored breakout session

10.00am - 11.00am
Hospitality Room 6


Craig Bennett

Craig Bennett

Peter van Wijngaarden

Peter van Wijngaarden

Simon Hanna

Simon Hanna

Judith Abbott

Judith Abbott

Keep Sight Initiative

The Changing Face of Diabetes in Australia: what we can learn from the UK experience, Includes panel.

(CPD 3)

Presented by Craig Bennett, A/Professor Peter van Wijngaarden, Simon Hanna.

Panel Chair - Judith Abbott. 


Learning objectives:

  1. To provide up to date data regarding current and forecast trends in diabetes, Australia and abroad

  2. To provide an overview of current and emerging implications for Australian eye care, including emerging directions in diagnosis and care

  3. To discuss the UK experience regarding reducing the prevalence of diabetic eye disease, and development of KeepSight, the Australian equivalent


11.00am - 11.30am
Trade Floor

Morning Tea and Trade Show


11.00am - 11.30am
Sovereign Theatre Foyer

Poster Session


11.30am -12.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Danica Marelli

The Glaucoma grab bag

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Danica Marrelli


Learning objectives:

  1. To review the current medications used to treat glaucoma including practical considerations of dosing contraindications and cost

  2. To discuss the stepped approach to glaucoma therapies and the recommendations for laser and surgical interventions

  3. To look at the potential role for emerging medical therapies for patients with glaucoma


11.30am -12.30pm

Sovereign Theatre

Dr Jordan Keith

Dr Jordan Keith

Examining the Diabetic patient: what matters most?

(CPD 3)

Presented by Dr Jordan Keith


Learning objectives:

  1. Form a simplified strategy for evaluating diabetics, understanding why some findings matter more than others and discuss treatments for the threats to vision

  2. Develop patient education using words that heal (not maim) in helping diabetics understand the importance of controlling their disease.

  3. Review literature on the standards of what it means to have “controlled” diabetes


12.30pm - 2.30pm
Trade Floor

Lunch and Trade Show


12.30pm - 2.30pm
Sovereign Theatre Foyer

Poster Session


1.00pm -5.00pm

Hospitality 6 & 7

Student meet-up and career expo (Final year students only)


2.30pm -3.30pm

Plenary Theatre

David Foresto

David Foresto

Contact lenses for psychological benefit.

(CPD 3)

Presented by David Foresto


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand where contact lenses may be useful in situations other than refractive error

  2. To be alert to opportunities to use contact lenses for therapeutic purposes

  3. To understand how certain contact lenses can provide advantage in elite and amateur sporting environments 


2.30pm -3.30pm

Sovereign Theatre

A/Prof Jennifer Craig

A/Prof Jennifer Craig

Applying TFOS DEWS II in practice to guide dry eye detection and management

(CPD 3T)

Presented by A/Prof Jennifer Craig 


Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand the key factors in the pathogenesis and propagation of dry eye disease

  2. To understand the consensus diagnostic criteria recommended for dry eye diagnosis and how to apply these in practice

  3. To understand how the value of a staged approach to the management of dry eye, guided by the disease subtype and severity.


3.30pm -4.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Georgia Cleary

Dr Georgia Cleary

Cornea updates: a short course in shortening the course of corneal disease. Focusing on infective keratitis and recurrent corneal erosion syndrome.

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Georgia Cleary


Topics/Learning objectives:

  1. Ocular surface disease and other risk factors in the aetiology of infectious keratitis: treat the underlying pathology.

    Learning objective:

    To understand the risk factors that underlie infectious keratitis, and the importance of concurrent management of ocular surface disease. 

  2. The role of topical steroids in the management of infectious keratitis: when to go and when to say no.

    Learning objective:

    Topical steroids have an important, but somewhat controversial role in the management of infectious keratitis. The objective is to identify which patients can benefit from the addition of a topical steroid to their treatment regime after initial antimicrobial therapy.

  3. Recurrent corneal erosion syndrome: not just ‘another erosion’

    Learning objective:

    To understand the profile of patients affected by recurrent corneal erosions, and the size of this problem affecting patients in Victoria. Also, to describe the escalating treatment modalities to manage these patients more definitively.


3.30pm -4.30pm

Sovereign Theatre

Prof Erica Fletcher

Prof Erica Fletcher

H Barry Collins Lecture.

What's new in management and treatment of age- related Macular Degeneration

(CPD 3)

Presented by Prof Erica Fletcher


Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the changes in the retina during the early stages of AMD

  2. To understand the differences between conventional drusen and reticular pseudodrusen

  3. To understand the management for those with early stages of AMD


4.30pm -5.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Danica Marelli

Maximising OCT use in Glaucoma

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Danica Marrelli


Learning objectives:

  1. To review and understand optic nerve, retinal nerve fibre layer and macular thickness OCT strategies used detect glaucoma

  2. To look at the limitations and potential interpretation errors that can lead to over or under diagnosis of glaucoma using the OCT

  3. To review glaucoma progression software that is available and how to use and interpret this information


4.30pm -5.30pm

Sovereign Theatre

Dr Jordan Keith

Dr Jordan Keith

Know Your Chances: An evidence based approach to clinical decision making

(CPD 3T)

Presented by Dr Jordan Keith


Learning objectives:

  1. Using  common eye diseases as examples, participants will gain a better understanding of how to use medical literature to make wiser, yet easier clinical decisions in medical optometry

  2. Learn what questions to ask to find answers, what statistics are important to us clinically, how to find them, and how to apply them to patient care to improve the ability to answer the common patient question, “What are the chances this works?"

  3. Learn how to see through the hype in medical news and advertisements


SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers


Speakers


PRICES

3 day conference package

OA Member - $599

Non Member - $1049

International Guest - $599 ex gst


2 day conference package

OA Member - $549

Non Member - $999

International Guest - $549 ex gst


1 day conference package

OA Member - $325

Non Member - $595

International Guest - $325 ex gst


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