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YO! We are changing the way we are doing things to better serve YOu.

Have you asked yourself:
"How will I differentiate myself with my skills and knowledge to progress in my career as an optometrist?"
"How will I survive when there are too many optometrists?"
"How will I meet the right people in optometry?"

We have asked you how we can do things even better, what you would like us to provide, how we can address your needs as YOs, and:

Here is our answer for YOu.

Membership Details

A membership year runs from the date of membership approval and is part of Young Optometrists Inc (NSW/ACT).

We have three membership categories:

Become a Member today!

For the price of a big night out, you have access to our incredible package of products and services as a Full YO Member (incl. access to >20CPD hours). If you don't want to miss out, sign up ASAP to start receiving the benefits today and be a part of a dynamic YO NSW/ACT community.

Register your place in the YO NSW/ACT Community today!

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Membership Benefits


Additional membership benefits for students

  • 5th Years receive YOTSS (Young Optometrists NSW/ACT Therapeutics Study Session)
  • YO New Grad (Congratulatory Lunch, Assistance with registration & What you need to know before you start working)
  • ALL Students - YO Annual BBQ @ UNSW
  • ALL Students - Opportunity to attend networking and educational YO events at discounted rates  or complimentary

Free Young Optometrists NSW/ACT CPD events and Seminars

YO collaborates with renowned ophthalmologists, enthusiastic young ophthalmologists, and many other experts in the field of eye care and health care to provide premium education to YO Members. We are happy to contact and coordinate with specialists to educate you in topics upon your request.

Access to Archive of CPD Recordings/Material

We are quickly building our library of educational material from our educational events over a wide array of topics including clinical, and dispensing, career building, and business related. You will have full access to audio recording and slides of presentations.

Discounts to Affiliated Association Events

YO has strong ties with selected affiliated associations which enables us to provide you with discounted members rates to special events in order to gain insight into specialty optometry and develop your skills and knowledge.

For the first year of your YO membership, you can access Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA) events at member's rates. Additionally, CCLSA memberships are $55 for first year graduates, $110 for second year graduates and at normal member rates for third year graduates and above.

Dewings Accountants Complimentary Consultation

As a young optometrist, have you ever wondered whether it’s actually financially viable for you to buy into a practice? To become a partner? To open up your own? To become a franchisee? What’s involved and when are you ready? Dewings Accountants specialises in Optometry, and have offered a complimentary 1 hour consultation with you for you to ask your questions.

Opportunity to contribute to YO Blog Platform

Need a soap box to talk about something that matters to you? Whether or not it’s got anything to do with optometry, this is your chance to voice your thoughts and opinions. YO is now established and respected within the optometric community, and we can provide you with a platform.

YO Networking Events

It’s all about who you know! How do you find your next career move? YO Networking events will allow you to connect with optometrist employers, fellow young optometrists, and ophthalmologists to encourage learning, guidance and mentoring, and opportunities for your next career move in this increasingly competitive optometric environment.

Quarterly e-Newsletter

Keep up with all the news in the world of young optometrists. A message from the Chair to yourselves, updates on fellow YOs sharing their opinions, insights into the lives of YOs, invitations to educational opportunities, and special offers and grants designed for YOs.

YO Classifieds & Volunteer Access

Looking for somewhere new to work? Wanting to spice up your optometry life? Feeling the urge to give back to society? Check the YO Classifieds for your next career move, or an opportunity to gain those warm fuzzy feels from simply utilising the skills you’ve developed as an optometrist.

Voting Rights

You will have the right to vote for your representative YO executive committee, and also self nominate for a position in the executive team. We are filled with joy when we see our fellow YOs interested in contributing to the YO community, as we know that you share our vision to ensure optometry remains a rewarding career, with healthy, enthusiastic, skilled, empathetic, and knowledgeable YOs.

YOur Wellbeing

We believe that optimal eye care, stems from optimal self care. So we want to help you, look after yourself. We want to make it fun! Filled with good food, exercise, sunshine, and nature. We will be organising a variety of activities for you to join in on, all friends welcome.

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