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  • 22 May 2018 12:47 PM | Anonymous

    Thank you to all who attended the paediatric workshop on Saturday night (12th May 2018). It was a successful and booked out event at the Mercure Hotel, which held our three speakers: Liz Jackson who is a paediatric and behavioural optometrist, Justine Tucker who is an experienced vision therapist, and Dr Michael Jones, a well known and respected paediatric ophthalmologist.

    We were fortunate enough to have Liz Jackson return again to give another talk. As always, Liz's enthusiasm and expertise left us more confident and her tips and tricks are sure to help us better manage our little patients.

    Following Liz's presentation was Justine, who demonstrated how we could utilise vision training techniques to patients who experience accommodative or convergence difficulties. Justine had us all engaged with her demonstrations and hands talk.Thank you to the audience volunteers who had their visual systems stretched and pulled!

    And last, but not least, Dr Michael Jones who ran through his experiences of examining children and how we could best manage and communicate with both nervous children and their parents or carers. And no, we will not forget his most prized equipment if ever he was stranded on an ophthalmic island – a retinoscope!

    With the completion of another successful CPD workshop, we are excited to start planning for our upcoming events in the future! We look forward to seeing you there!


  • 2 May 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Benefits of YO membership

    WATCH our video here on why you should join YO. 

    • 1.       Workshops/Talks tailored to optometrists within first 10 years of graduation
    • o   Controversial topics, how to ask for pay raise, too many optometrists
    • o   Intimate, interactive education
    • o   Great value for CPD , over 30 CPD points a year
    • o   Next workshop Paediatrics evening featuring optometrist Liz Jackson, ophthalmologist Michael Jones and orthopdist Justine Tucker at Mercure 12th May 2018
    • 2.       Travel Scholarships
    • o   $7000 worth of scholarships for interstate and overseas conferences and one interstate conference
    • o   Learn about new technology, clinical ideas and eye care overseas
    • 3.       Networking events
    • o   Not sure if optometry is for you? Want to learn about other career pathways within optometry?
    • o   Meet established optometrists that want to share with you their journey within optometry
    • o   Recently had EyeQ networking event at Doncaster Hotel  on Friday 23rd March, we had inspiring talks from Mark Koscek and ???
    • 4.       Support network/community
    • o   Get access to our closed YO NSW/ACT forum where you can ask questions clinical and non-clinical without judgement
    • o   Blogs, classifieds, newsletters and more
    • o   Join a friendly, supportive and down to earth community for early career optometrists


  • 30 Mar 2018 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have $7000 worth of travel scholarships up for grabs! Apply today applications EXTENDED to June 15th 2018 and are only for full YO members. 


    Tier One 
    Value up to $750 for a conference within Australia. 

    Tier Two
    Value up to $2000 for a workshop/conference anywhere around the world. 

    Tier Three
    Value up to $3000 for a course anywhere around the world. 

    There is one placement program scholarship available, up to the value of $1250. 

    Interested? Applications EXTENDED to 15th June 2018.  

    Not a member? Sign up here:https://www.yoptoms.com/Membership

    Terms and Conditions and application form can be found here.

    Watch the video on why you should go on an overseas/interstate conference here

    Thinking about going to that overseas conference? Go to a conference in Europe, Asia or the USA. You can find out about what overseas conferences available here

    Or find your own in your special interests i.e. Orthok, Paediatrics or Behavioural Optometry interstate or overseas. Have an experience of a lifetime. Learn from global experts. Network. See how eye care is run in other countries. Enjoy a holiday while you are at it. Before or after your conference. 

    Overseas conferences are tax-deductible and are convertible to CPD points in Australia. 

    What are you waiting for? 

    Apply for a scholarship here

  • 5 Mar 2018 11:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    I attended the 7th World Glaucoma Conference in Helsinki, Finland. I went with 3 other optometrists, Wendy Saw, Sandra Au and Jenny Song. It was a 3.5 day conference between June 28th and July 1st 2017. It was an eye opening experience. It was good to meet overseas delegates and learn about the latest in glaucoma from an international perspective. In between conference days we went to a concert, nordic walking and a conference dinner. Before the conference we also travelled to Denmark, Sweden and Norway. For next time, I will do a conference first before any travels, as we did get a little exhausted! I'd definitely do it again, I highly recommend going to an overseas conference, there is nothing to lose. Apply today for a scholarship, go to that overseas/interstate conference!


    Nordic Walking, we are all sporting red "Walk for Glaucoma" t shirts!


    Conference dinner at Kulosaaren Casino


    Helsinki Cathedral


  • 14 Jan 2018 12:22 AM | Anonymous

    Young Optometrist NSW/ACT is excited to introduce their first scholarship ever. There will be three scholarships of differing values and one placement program scholarship available. 

    Please read the pdf application form below for Terms and Conditions and fill out the application form and email it back to us by 30th April 2018.

    If you are not a full member, make sure you sign up to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities we have. Our passion is and always will be optometry. We want to provide YOu with the best chances for growth and development!

    YO Scholarship Proposal.pdf



  • 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


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