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  • 20 Nov 2017 11:30 PM | Anonymous

    Tell us a little about yourself (quirky habits or favourite things etc):

    Hi Everyone :) I’m Wendy and currently settled in Sydney. I have been an optometrist for over half a decade now, and spent my first 5 years working in country locations along the eastern side of Oz: from Cairns down to Tassy and a few places in between! 

    How did you end up in optometry as a career? 

    Optometry became my first preference, after I could not choose to be an interpreter (my mother said I wasn’t good enough compared to Asians from Asia). I was always good at science, so after deciding between Pharmacy and Optometry, I chose Optometry due to the higher enter rank needed.

    What are you most passionate about outside of optometry?

    I love hiking and racquet sports (especially squash), so I try to pursue those in my spare time. In my travels, I bought a guitar in Cairns and a piano sized keyboard in Tassy, so music is something I am passionate about. I have a bit of a farmer’s streak in me, and I’m really into organic gardening and pursuing a healthy vegetarian lifestyle. 

    How would you spend your free time? 

    I spend a lot of my free time actually, going to CPD and Leadership events, like conferences etc, and mixing that up with overseas travel. On Saturdays, I hang out with friends and we play a lot of exciting games, most recently Laser Tag - I’m looking forward to Escape Room next! On Sundays, I go to Church. I go to the beach a lot too at sunset, the beaches here are breathtakingly beautiful! If I have a whole day free, I go hiking with a group (too scared to hike by myself, I’m quite directionless and become lost very easily). 

    I’m supposed to be finishing off my therapeutics, so my free time will be devoted to studying very very soon.

    Most embarrassing moment?

    Doing a presentation when I wasn’t invited to with my whole family present and Science HOD present too, at a CSIRO Student Research Scheme speech night. I kept my cool though, but looking back, I should have been more embarrassed. 

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member?

    It was fun introducing YO to Specsavers graduates in Melbourne this year, so I thought: why not join? I worked in the country as soon as I graduated and stayed in various country locations for at least a year. It was a bit lonely and isolating in the country for me, and I feel like YO is a good platform to reach out to young regional optoms. You guys are doing a fantastic job by the way! It’s not easy being in the country!

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    I wish I could read minds. I’m told I cannot really read people and empathise well enough. I’m really working on that actually. 

    What is your current favourite phrase?

    “Zero to Hero”


  • 4 Nov 2017 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The trip was a fantastic experience. I met the most amazing people (a 60 year old grandpa who climbed Everest and called it an autobahn!) and shared the journey with a generous and caring group of people, who I hope to call lifelong friends. Being able to provide eye care for the people of the Everest region was humbling. We had old grandmas trek for four hours to see us, as there is such limited eye care there. This really put into perspective how fortunate we are in Australia, with our health services and high quality of practitioners. There is no camera out there that can truly capture the beauty of Nepal. Everywhere you looked there were mountains, flowing streams, shooting stars - everything you want a progressing myope to look at! Nepal has much to offer, from the most delicious dal baht to a colourful culture and loving sherpas. However, as primary eye care providers we too have something to offer - our knowledge and services. I hope as eyes4everest evolves, they can reach even more people in need for eye care and put an end to preventable blindness.

  • 3 Nov 2017 11:01 PM | Anonymous

    Tell us a little about yourself (quirky habits or favourite things etc)

    I love playing sports like squash and snowboarding but I seem to injure myself all the time. However, It doesn’t matter that I get a new cut or bruise every time, tear ligaments and break toenails, I’ll still go back for more!

    How did you end up in optometry as a career?

    I was probably like a lot of young kids, coming out of school with no idea what I was doing. It just seemed like a clean easy course to study. How wrong was I about it being an easy course to study!

    What are you most passionate about outside of optometry?

    Probably all my sports like snowboarding, scuba diving, squash and tennis! Need that adrenaline rush!

    How would you spend your free time?

    Mostly catching up with friends either over dinner and drinks or playing the above sports!

    Most embarrassing moment?

    Forgetting patient names... it happens on a daily basis since we see so many people. But most embarrassing was probably when I forgot the patients name and called them something else in the 30 mins they were sitting outside waiting for their dilation!

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member?

    I feel like optometry is being steered too much in one direction and I don’t know if it’s a good direction. So it’s time to try even up the playing field a bit!

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    Probably immortality because with enough time, anything can be figured out and I’d love to see how technology and especially space travel changes with time! Maybe we can eventually figure out teleportation in the future like some of the other members picked so I wouldn’t need to wish for that!

    What is your current favourite phrase?

    Every failure is a step closer to success. I would know that the best...


  • 3 Nov 2017 10:36 PM | Anonymous

    Tell us a little about yourself (quirky habits or favourite things etc):

    I am a Korea-born Kiwi, who moved to Australia in 2012 after finishing my Optometry degree from University of Auckland. I have worked as a full time optom, travelled all over NSW as a locum as well as working for the Specsavers head office for a short while. I currently live in Sydney with my husband and two adorable dogs!

    How did you end up in optometry as a career?
    In my first year at uni, while I studied Biomedical science, I applied for Optometry as it sounded like a great profession where you get to help, problem solve for people in a clinical environment, without the crazy working hours. The more I studied, the more I enjoyed what it was about!


    What are you most passionate about outside of optometry?
    Dogs! I absolutely love dogs and I'm looking at volunteering for RSPCA.


    How would you spend your free time?
    Travelling and finding good restaurants with my husband.


    Most embarrassing moment?
    During a consultation, as I was sitting back down on my stool (it was one of those saddle chairs) I didn't sit far back enough,slipped and fell on the floor in front of a patient!

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member?
    I often heard from Melody how she enjoys working with YO and she has met so many amazing people. This got me quite interested as I love meeting new people and socialising! Also I loved the idea of YO - how it brings young optoms together and provides education as well as lots of fun!

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?
    Teleport. So I could visit my family in Korea whenever I want to!

    What is your current favourite phrase?
    Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


  • 1 Nov 2017 10:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The anticipated Bali Wellness 2018 retreat is here. 



    Click bali wellness retreat 2018.pdf for the brochure, it contains the itinerary, information on how to sign up and more.

    It will take place between May 19th to May 26th 2018 in Ubud, Bali. It will be guided by Beata Alfoldi a renowned transformation teacher. Early bird price of $2250 if you book before December 31st ($2500) excluding flights. Freshly prepared organic vegetarian meals, accommodation and airport transfer are included. There will be workshops, yoga, salt baths, sauna and herbal steam. Open to all optometrists, family and friends but places are limited. Any questions? Email optomwellnessretreat@gmail.com


  • 5 Oct 2017 8:29 PM | Anonymous

    Young Optometrist is a non-profit organisation aimed to assist optometrist in their first 10 years of practice and address needs specific to young professionals who are paving their path in the optometric profession. Carina, along with Megan Tu, Rebecca Li, Rajeev Naidu, Jack Phu and Chris Pooley, was actually one of the founding memberes of YO. She has been an amazing Chair and has really built something to be proud of. After 5 years, it will be sad to see Carina go, however I'm sure she has more amazing things in store for the near future.


    "YO has come such a long way since our humble beginnings in 2012, now providing quality tailored education, insightful sessions, and awesome Xmas parties year on year. As with everything in the world, YO continues to evolve. I am ever so grateful for the priceless experiences, life lessons, friends, and opportunities that YO has provided me with. I've been extremely privileged to have been able to represent YO during my term alongside incredible committee members, and could not be happier to introduce to you all our next chair: Rose Huang. 

    Rose is a dedicated Optometrist, with a huge heart, fantastic leadership skills, and damn, can she lift. I have complete confidence in Rose to lead Young Optometrists NSW/ACT." 

    - Carina Trinh, Outgoing Chair 


    Carina will be passing on the baton to Rose Huang who will be our new chair. 


    "Hi guys, for those who don’t know me I’m Rose and I’m thrilled to be your new chair. Our aim has always been to help create opportunities for you guys, promote career development and facilitate networking, all whilst providing a friendly learning environment. 

    We have a fantastic team here at YO and I am excited to be a part of it. I would like to acknowledge Carina, our previous chair and one of the founding members of YO. She has helped establish such an amazing organization and her passion and hard work has not gone unnoticed. 

    YO is made up of an amazing group of people and without everyone’s hard work and dedication we would not be where we are today. We look forward to providing even bigger and better things for you and building on what we have done so far!" 

    - Rose Huang, Chair of Young Optometrists NSW/ACT


  • 3 Oct 2017 8:09 PM | Anonymous

    Introducing Anna! Anna joined YO earlier this year and is now a part of our executive committee. You might have seen her about - she MC'd at our latest workshop for foreign body removals, lacriminal lavage and double eyelid eversion. Anna is now writing our monthly newsletters, keep your eyes peeled for her latest work! 

    Tell us a little about yourself (quirky habits or favourite things etc)

    I like laughing and making people laugh. I seem to have a habit of getting myself into trouble. Good thing is I have gotten myself into trouble so many times I'm also good at getting myself out of it. I got a lot of funny stories to tell. 


    How did you end up in optometry as a career? 

    I have always wanted to do optometry.I have always enjoyed science and working with people.

    What are you most passionate about outside of optometry? 

    I am passionate about being vegetarian and animal rights.

    How would you spend your free time? 

    I'm a homebody, I like to stay home catch up on house chores. Listening to music, watching shows, going to interesting talks, swimming and yoga.

    Most embarrassing moment?

    Getting trapped in a lift not long ago. I was 45 minutes late and I walked into the wrong building and that building was closed. Managed to get myself out. I panicked even more because I watched a movie about being trapped and dying in a lift. The movie was called 'i origins". It so happened to be a movie that was about eyes too, funnily enough.

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member? 

    I think we have a great community at YO and that workshops and events were awesome. I enjoyed them especially because I was working in practice without a mentor. There are so many benefits of being a YO member. Its my way of giving back.

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    It would be to fly, to wherever I want to be. 


    What is your current favourite phrase? 

    Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.



  • 24 Sep 2017 11:11 PM | Anonymous

    Sarah Pham has been helping plan events with YO even before she had graduated! In fact Sarah is one now one of our executive members and together with other amazing YO committee members she has been working on the YO Christmas Party (Friday 24th November 2017). Don't forget the Christmas party is free for all full members! Hope to see you there.

    Get to know Sarah a bit better and keep reading!

    Tell us a little about yourself (quirky habits or favourite things etc):

    H’yall!! I’m Sarah, a 23yo working and living in the hustling and bustling city of Sydney (more towards South West Sydney). First impressions of me are usually nice, loud, bubbly and a little bit crazy (just a little!).

    How did you end up in optometry as a career?

    To be honest it was an accident! I initially wanted to be a vet but when I did some work experience, I found out that it didn’t suit me as much even though I love animals (still do!). One day, I was just looking through the list of university degrees and I stumbled on optometry. I tried it out and ended up loving it!

    What are you most passionate about outside of optometry?

    Social psychology is really exciting to me! Soooo personality tests are always fun :)

    How would you spend your free time?

    I’m always looking for new things to do with my friends and family. This ranges from trying new cafes and restaurants, participating in different activities such as karaoke, paintball, rock-climbing and movies just to name a few! On the other spectrum, I’ll be working on developing myself so I’ll be at the gym, doing hapkido or attempting to cook (huge emphasis on attempt).

    Majority of the time, my schedule is super packed but I do love the occasional chill and lazy days where I’m at home and catching up on my favourite TV shows!

    Most embarrassing moment?  

    To this day, no one can seemingly explain how I am able to trip over absolutely nothing so often...

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member?

    It was very natural how I joined YO. It started off with me enquiring about YO’s agenda and motivations and then it followed through to me befriending them then I ended up offering a helping hand and contributing to the planing of events over the last couple of years. Afterwards the subcommittee member application was extended to me and I responded in kind.

    It all happened so naturally that I cannot pinpoint my exact inspiration, it all just fell into place.

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    It would be amazing if I could teleport! Think about all the possibilities! I would be able to get to anywhere at anytime. Also, cutting down travel time means that I would have so much more time to spent on more valuable things.

    What is your current favourite phrase?

    The number of mistakes and the regrets in your life are not what define you. It is how you learn from it and move that is important :)



  • 18 Sep 2017 10:11 PM | Anonymous

    Abdul was our amazing presenter at the Foreign Body, Lacrimal Lavage and Double Eyelid Eversion Workshop. He has now joined our executive team and is an integral part in our YO family! Keep reading to get to know him a bit better...

    Tell us a little about yourself (quirky habits or favourite things etc):

    I’m a pretty stress-free take it easy kind of guy. I like spending quality time with people; one on ones or with a small bunch of friends rather than large groups. Habits and hobbies include being meticulous and taking my time inspecting and deciphering new things.

    How did you end up in optometry as a career?
    Thought it would be a chill career, not having to worry about taking work home while still being in a respected field.

    What are you most passionate about outside of optometry?
    I am passionate about family and keeping an active life.

    How would you spend your free time?
    Enjoy playing all different kinds of sports. You name it and I’m up for it!

    Most embarrassing moment?
    Embarrassing moments are plentiful, but it’s always sheepish trying to think of something while answering these types of questions.

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member?
    I’d like to broaden and deepen my understanding by committing myself to an educational role to both help myself and my peers excel.

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?
    I think if you’re going to have a superpower, you’ve gotta go big, so i’m going to say immortality.

    What is your current favourite phrase?
    My current favourite phrase is “Be like the flower that gives its fragrance to even the hand that crushes it.”



  • 11 Sep 2017 10:15 PM | Anonymous

    You may have noticed we have recently been introducing members of the YO Subcommittee (see here for the last one). These members are dedicated, working countless hours voluntarily to shape YO and provide the best possible experience and opportunities for you!

    Introducing Sarah Tait! Sarah joined us earlier this year and her passion and dedication is absolutely amazing. Want to know more about Sarah? Keep reading!

    Tell us a little about yourself?

    I am from NZ and moved to Australia a little over 3 years ago. I love living on the Central Coast NSW. I spend a lot of time at the beach. The relaxed lifestyle is great! I love chocolate, Grey’s Anatomy and my boyfriend’s dog Gary.

    How did you end up in optometry as a career?

    Straight after school I spent 12 months in Italy. I applied for uni when I was still in Europe and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I ended up doing a science degree which I really enjoyed but I realised that I didn’t want to go into research full time. When I finished my BSc, a friend of mine had just finished her first year of Optometry. She was loving Optometry and suggested that I apply. I am very glad that I did, I love working as an Optometrist. It is a great mix of science, health care and problem solving.

    What are you most passionate about outside of optom?

    Volunteer work, but I as I volunteer as an optometrist that isn’t really outside optometry! I am also passionate about travelling. I go on at least one overseas trip a year (not including going back to NZ to visit friends and family). This year I went to China in April and I am going to Cambodia in November.

    How do you spend your free time?

    I love to brunch! I also like to catch up with friends, my boyfriend, go to the beach and walk the dog. At lot of my time off is also spent travelling back to NZ.

    Most embarrassing moment?

    Honestly can’t remember, must have been so traumatic that I blocked it out!

    What inspired you to join YO as a subcommittee member?

    I really enjoyed going to YO events and hanging out with other YOs. I saw how hard the people on the committee worked and I wanted to do what I could to help them out so that YO can continue to deliver great events and advocate for young Optoms.

    If you had one superpower, what would it be?

    Teleportation, travelling would be so much cheaper if I didn’t have to pay for flights! Also it would be great to be able to teleport back to NZ at short notice!

    What is your current favourite phrase?

    No one ever died wishing they had done more housework!

    Along with everyone in the team (especially the lovely Teresa Bui!), Sarah has been an integral part in the planning of the Mix and Mingle. Following the success of last year’s Mix and Mingle this year’s will be held on Saturday 16th September 7pm at the Mercure Sydney. This is an unique event to YO which aims to provide young optometrists with insight into different scopes of practice. Have you ever wondered what the future holds for optometry, or even for your career? Have you been thinking of cutting your hours, or increasing your hours to suit your lifestyle? Are there certain areas of practice that really interest you but you just don’t know who to ask? If you answered yes to any of these, this is the perfect event for you! It will feature renowned, experienced optometrist who have specialised in certain areas, business owners and/or lead exciting lifestyles that may appeal to you. 


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