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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

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

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

Sophisticated technology or our own backyard?  Where to turn to in the search for novel and effective dry eye therapies


Presented by A/Prof Jennifer Craig


1.00pm -2.00pm

Sovereign Theatre

Dr Anne Weymouth

Dr Anne Weymouth

Clinical electrophysiology: diagnostic logic for patients with retinal disease

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


2.00pm -3.00pm

Plenary Theatre

VTI Vision Education Session


Presented by Dr Peg Achenbach OD


2.00pm -3.00pm

Sovereign Theatre

DNEye PRO: A scientific breakthrough made visible

Rodenstock Sponsored Breakout Session


Presented by Dr Dietmar Uttenweiller


3.00pm - 3.30pm
Trade Floor

Afternoon Tea and Trade Show


3.30pm -4.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Turning our minds to the turned eye


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

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

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

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


9.00am -10.00am

Plenary Theatre

Nicholas Rumney

Nicholas Rumney

Device Technologies Education Session:

Advances in OCT imaging with SWEPT SOURCE OCT ANGIOGRAPHY 


Presented by Nick Rumney , UK


9.00am -10.00am

Sovereign Theatre

Sponsored education session


Presenter TBC


9.00am -10.00am

Breakout Room 1

Nicola Peaper

Nicola Peaper

Why can’t my patient wear their new spectacles?

Rodenstock Sponsored Breakout Session

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.


9.00am -10.00am

Breakout Room 2

VTI Vision Education Session


Presented by Dr Peg Achenbach OD


10.00am -11.00am

Plenary Theatre

Dr Jordan Keith

Dr Jordan Keith

Myopia control: an approach from the USA perspective

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

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


10.00am -11.00am

TBC

Sponsored breakout session 2


Presenter TBC


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

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

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


11.30am -12.30am

TBC

Bausch & Lomb breakout session 


Presenter TBC


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

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


10.00am -11.00am

Plenary Theatre

Dr Bill Reindel

Dr Bill Reindel

Kevin Fahy

Kevin Fahy

Bausch & Lomb Education Session

Capturing Opportunity: Integrating Insights into Innovation for Practice Growth.


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


10.00am -11.00am

Sovereign Theatre

David Southgate

David Southgate

Willy Gunawan

Willy Gunawan

Optos education session

Ultra-wide retinal imaging: A series of case studies


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


9.00am - 10.00am
Breakout Room 1

Zeiss Breakout session

True colour wide field imaging from the Clarus 500 


11.00am - 11.30am
Trade Floor

Morning Tea and Trade Show


11.30am -12.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Dr Danica Marelli

Dr Danica Marelli

The Glaucoma grab bag

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?

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


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.

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


Presented by A/Prof Jennifer Craig 


3.30pm -4.30pm

Plenary Theatre

Cornea updates: shortening the course of corneal disease - infective keratitis and RCE

Presented by Dr Georgia Cleary


Learning objectives:

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

  2. 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. 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

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

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

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

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


1.00pm -5.30pm

Breakout Rooms 1 & 2

Student meet up and career expo

(Final year students only)


SPEAKERS

Keynote Speakers


Speakers


PRICES

3 day conference package

Early Bird (ends 23 April)

OA Member - $399

Non Member - $699

International Guest - $399 ex gst

Regular (from 24 April)

OA Member - $599

Non Member - $1049

International Guest - $599 ex gst


2 day conference package

Early Bird (ends 23 April)

OA Member - $398

Non Member - $698

International Guest - $398 ex gst

Regular (from 24 April)

OA Member - $549

Non Member - $999

International Guest - $549 ex gst


1 day conference package

Early Bird (ends 23 April)

OA Member - $199

Non Member - $349

International Guest - $199 ex gst

Regular (from 24 April)

OA Member - $325

Non Member - $595

International Guest - $325 ex gst


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