upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 10 Jul 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Sydney Zoom

    On the fence on whether to monitor or refer this macular hole or epiretinal membrane? Unsure about whether that retinal hole or tear needs to be seen the same day? Or confused about the public referral process in Western Sydney?

    In this webinar, we are fortunate to have Dr Rahul Dubey and Dr Gaurav Bhardwaj discuss the referrals, triaging and management of vitreoretinal conditions, and how to navigate the public system in Western Sydney.

    About Dr Rahul Dubey:

    Dr Rahul Dubey is a consultant ophthalmologist, cataract and medical and surgical retina specialist. His special interests include the broad array of vitreomacular disease, advanced diabetic eye disease and complex refractive cataract surgery. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed medical literature, and frequently lectures at national and international conferences. He is particularly passionate about education and supervises ophthalmologists-in training as a consultant vitreoretinal surgeon at Westmead Hospital, and holds a public appointment at the Prince Of Wales Hospital. Dr Dubey also maintains a commitment to the service of rural and regional ophthalmology working with the Outback Eye Service in Dubbo, Bourke and Broken Hill.

    Dr Dubey will discuss surgical management of macular diseases. The learning outcomes are as follows:

    • Triage and manage macular holes
    • Triage and manage ERM
    • Vitreomacular traction management

    About Dr Gaurav Bhardwaj:

    Dr Gaurav Bhardwaj is an experienced ophthalmic surgeon with expertise in vitreoretinal surgery, cataract surgery and medical management of retinal diseases. He is one of few retinal surgeons in Australia skilled in both adult and paediatric surgery.  He has a strong interest in research, having completed a PhD in the area of retinal haemorrhages in children and has continued his research interest with ongoing publications into major scientific journals. Dr Bhardwaj is also involved in supervising junior eye surgeons and retinal fellows from Australia and abroad in surgical training. 

    Dr Bhardwaj will discuss retinal tears and detachment and the current trends in management. The learning outcomes are as follows:

    • Triage and manage PVD
    • Triage and management of retinal holes and tears
    • Understand surgical decision making in treatment of retinal detachment


    This webinar is FREE for all YO members. If you have any questions that you would like to send in beforehand, please email them to us at y.optoms@gmail.com. If you are not a member and would like to attend, you can sign up here.

    To register, please click here. Registration is required, otherwise you will not be able to join the webinar. Please register by 6pm 8th of July 2024

    1.5T CPD hours have been applied for this event. A certificate of attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the event. 


    Special thank you to CooperVision for their unwavering support of Young Optometrists for making these events happen! 

Past events

5 Jun 2024 Clinical Case Studies: Beyond Topical Therapy
15 May 2024 Demystifying Ophthalmic Pain with Dr Dennis Lowe
5 Apr 2024 YO X NEXUS HOSPITALS: Corneal Foreign Body + Lacrimal Lavage Workshop 2024 Canberra
27 Mar 2024 Mastering Pterygium Management
13 Mar 2024 YO X NEXUS HOSPITALS: Corneal Foreign Body Workshop 2024
21 Jan 2024 YO New Graduate Bootcamp 2024
15 Dec 2023 YO Christmas Party 2023
4 Nov 2023 YOTSS - YO Therapeutics Study Session 2023
12 Sep 2023 YO Low Vision Magnified
6 Sep 2023 Fitting on the fly: Introduction to Specialty Lens Fitting
4 Jul 2023 Trivia Night With Dr Alex Hamilton & Dr Dov Hersh
28 Jun 2023 YO Student Social & Ask Us Anything!
17 May 2023 Dr Dennis Lowe Presents Ptosis, Double Vision and Myasthenia
1 May 2023 Dr. Parth Shah Canberra Event: Eye Emergencies and Cranial Nerve Palsies
1 Mar 2023 3.25Ti event on 1st of March!
6 Feb 2023 YO X NEXUS HOSPITALS: Corneal Foreign Body Workshop 2023
22 Jan 2023 YO New Graduate Bootcamp
9 Dec 2022 YO Christmas Party 2022
13 Nov 2022 YOTSS - YO Therapeutics Study Session 2022
11 Oct 2022 Rooftop Bar Glaucoma Trivia with Dr Colin Clement
4 Oct 2022 Approach to Uveitis Assessment and Management with Dr. Noor Ali
18 Aug 2022 Optic Nerve Head Swelling with A/Prof Clare Fraser
12 Jul 2022 Low Vision Magnified
20 Jun 2022 Dr. Parth Shah presents: Emergency Eyecare
23 May 2022 YO x Nexus Hospitals: Clinical Skills Night
29 Mar 2022 Herpetic Eye Disease through to Neurotrophic Keratopathy with Dr Con Petsoglou
28 Feb 2022 Edifying Esotropia
23 Jan 2022 Young Optometrists New Graduate Bootcamp
5 Dec 2021 YOTSS - YO Therapeutics Study Session for UNSW Final Year Students
4 Nov 2021 YO Webinar: Eyelid Eyesores
20 Oct 2021 YO Webinar: Demystifying Adult Strabismus
15 Oct 2021 YO X ECONA presents The SPECtacular Race
15 Sep 2021 YO Webinar: Assessing Anterior Anomalies
1 Sep 2021 YO Webinar: IT’S AN EMERGENCY!
11 Aug 2021 YO X UC Post Grad Chat
3 Aug 2021 POSTPONED - YO Webinar: Neur-OH NO!
30 Jun 2021 YO Webinar: Corrective Surgery and Therapeutic Management
26 May 2021 YO Webinar: Understanding the OCT and Improving Collaborative Glaucoma Care in the ACT
28 Apr 2021 YO Webinar - Keratoconus Keynote
31 Mar 2021 YO Webinar - Interesting Retina Case Studies
3 Mar 2021 YO Webinar - Glaucoma Update and Q&A
22 Nov 2020 YOTSS - YO Therapeutics Study Session for UNSW Final Year Students
3 Nov 2020 YO Webinar - All About the Retina
23 Sep 2020 YO Webinar - General Principles of RGP Fitting & Troubleshooting
29 Jun 2020 YO Webinar - Ocular emergencies, neuro-ophthalmology and potentially life threatening paediatric case studies
17 Jun 2020 YO Webinar - Anterior Eye and Ocular Therapeutics Case Studies
28 Apr 2020 YO Webinar - A practical introduction to vision therapy that you can use right away!
18 Apr 2020 YO Webinar - Interesting cases in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
1 Feb 2020 YO New Grad Bootcamp: From Pupil to Practitioner
17 Nov 2019 YOTSS - YO Therapeutics Study Session for UNSW Final Year Students
9 Nov 2019 YO End of Year Christmas Party 2019
12 Oct 2019 YO - Grand Rounds with Ophthalmologists!
14 Sep 2019 YO & CFEH Trivia Night - 9T CPD points
3 Sep 2019 YO and PersonalEYES Canberra Event
13 Jul 2019 YO's Networking Event - Mix and Mingle with YOur Profession!
15 Jun 2019 YO - All About the Anterior Eye
24 Mar 2019 YO - Optometry: How to find your niche
3 Feb 2019 YO New Grad Bootcamp: From Pupil to Practitioner
18 Nov 2018 YOTSS - YO Therapeutics Study Session for UNSW 5th years 2018
9 Nov 2018 YO Christmas Party 2018
27 Oct 2018 YO! It's the way you say it!
18 Aug 2018 YO and CFEH: Not-so-trivial Trivia Night
22 Jun 2018 YO and Provision - The Science of Business
17 Jun 2018 YO Assessing Anterior Anomalies
19 May 2018 Bali Wellness Retreat
12 May 2018 YO Paediatrics Evening
23 Mar 2018 YO and EyeQ Networking Evening
4 Feb 2018 New Grad Bootcamp: From Pupil to Practitioner
24 Nov 2017 YO Christmas Party 2017
16 Sep 2017 How to forge a successful career in Optometry!..or is Optometry really for you?
27 Aug 2017 YO Foreign Body Removal and Lacrimal Lavage Workshop
2 Jul 2017 The Curious Case of Corneas
17 Jun 2017 YO Neurological Nuances
31 May 2017 Eye Tracking Workshop

Engaging Educational Events and Workshops
Tailored to Young Optometrists

YO X NEXUS HOSPITALS: Corneal Foreign Body Workshop 2023

Kicking off our first practical event for 2023, on Monday 6th of February we held our second ever YO Foreign Body Workshop in collaboration with Nexus Hospitals.

Thank you to everyone who attended the evening and engaged with the workshop. We had a lot of fun and hope it developed your clinical skills and confidence in seeing your future foreign body patients.

A massive thank you to Dr. Cheryl Au and Dr. Michael Rossiter-Thornton who guided our members with their foreign body removal skills and delivered exceptional presentations with interesting presentations on macular and retinal cases and debunking multifocal and extended focus IOLs.

We would also like to hugely thank Nexus Hospitals for the use of hospital space and equipment, Optimed for the use of foreign body removal equipment and slit lamp, as well as Coopervision for their continued support. This night would not have been such a success without all of the contribution and support of everyone involved to make it possible!

We look forward to seeing you all at our next CPD events! 

YO X Nexus Hospital - Foreign Body Workshop

Young Optometrists recently partnered with Nexus Hospitals for our Clinical Skills Night held at Kogarah Private Hospital. We hoped you enjoyed the eye-opening experience!

We were fortunate to have Dr. Cheryl Au and Dr. Michael Rossitor-Thornton leading the foreign body removal and lacrimal lavage.

Dr Cheryl Au is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who subspecialises in medical retina. She specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusions and other macular and retinal conditions. 

Dr. Michael Rossitor-Thornton is an experienced anterior segment and cataract surgeon, and general ophthalmologist. He offers comprehensive care for all aspects of ophthalmic health, including eyelid and corneal disorders, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy and iStent insertion.

We are looking forward to running a second workshop in July, to manage the strong demand we have seen for this practical session. We look forward to seeing everyone then!

For more information on Nexus Hospitals please visit https://www.nexushospitals.com.au/.

YO Webinar - Interesting cases in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus 

Kickstarting the first in a series of webinars, Dr Parth Shah led us through interesting and interactive cases in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. I don't know about you, but that was one of the best home isolation Saturday evenings I had! 

This first webinar features Dr Parth Shah, a Sydney-based ophthalmologist with extensive training across Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.A.. He is highly skilled at managing complex paediatric disorders such as cataracts, congenital corneal opacity, glaucoma, genetic eye diseases and complex strabismus in children and adults. He also manages adult cataracts. Dr Shah currently practices at Sydney Children's Randwick, Prince of Wales and The Sutherland Hospitals, as well as private practice around Sydney. Dr Shah is a Clinical Lecturer at The University of Sydney.

YO New Grad Bootcamp: From Pupil to Practitioner 

Arguably one of our more popular events, the Bootcamp was a refreshing start to 2020. We tackled topics from time management, referral writing to finance management. Are you a fifth year student? Lock it in your diaries for 2021, we're already gearing up for our next one! 

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

It was great to see you all at our events this year. From YOTSS (Young Optometrist Therapeutic Study Session) to the YO & CFEH Trivia Night, we look forward to bringing you bigger and better events. Keep you eyes peeled, we're updating the calendar and working hard planning. 

Abating Anterior Anomalies 

Ultimo - 17th June 2018

We had the lovely A/Prof Colin Chan (ophthalmologist) and Dr Margaret Lam (optometrist) join us on a rather chilly Sunday to present their expertise and experiences with Assessing (and managing) Anterior Anomalies!

Dr Margaret Lam covered an abundance of tips and tricks with advanced contact lens fitting specifically for RGP and scleral fits. A/Prof. Colin Chan imparted immense knowledge of identifying and managing Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia, Corneal graft rejections and updated us with the latest changes in keratoconus. Finishing off with some real life case studies, YO’s Assessing Anterior Anomalies 2018 was a huge success. All of our members came out more confident than ever to tackle these tricky patients!

"Paediatrics Workshop" 

Ultimo - 12th May 2018 

You asked and we delivered! After much talk and requests for a paediatrics night, we had our three fantastic 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) come together and deliver fantastic presentations. 

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.  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. 

"Bootcamp - from pupil to practitioner" 

Ultimo - 4th February 2018

On the 4th of February we had our much anticipated annual Bootcamp for the new graduates. This was a CPD day jam-packed with information, questions and food to get our fresh new graduates ready for their first few weeks as an optometrist (finally!). Congratulations again!


Thank you to our speakers: Andrew McKinnon, Abdul Hamidi, Sarah Pham, Sarah Tait, Rose Huang, Megan Tu, Wilson Luu, Theresa Bui, Wendy Saw and Anna Su.

"Abating Anterior Eye Anxiety" 

Ultimo - 16 October 2016

On the 16th of October, 2016, we held a CPD event, with therapeutic points, on anterior eye challenges we may face in our day to day practice and how to manage them. Check out the day in review video above.


Thank you to our speakers: Stephanie Watson, Heidi Hunter, Margaret Lam and Narelle Hine for their outstanding effort and exciting talks. It was a great chance to catch up with everyone who attended, YO and FroYOs!

Contact Lens Conundrums" 

Sydney - 3 August 2016

On the night of Wednesday August 3, a deluge was nigh. But it didn't stop these brave souls from fighting through the tempered and harsh weather to speak and learn about their passion: contact lens conundrums. Thanks to our wonderful speakers: Dr. Theresa Bui, Dr. Whitney Lam and Dr. Jim Kokkinakis for their time and effort on the day.

Also thanks to Dr. Angelica Ly for organising the event and being an excellent MC! Thank you to all the guests who attended and making this event fab-ou-lous - your dedication is legendary!

We learnt about the basics of contact lens prescribing, multifocal contact lens prescribing and then the bane of most optometrists who prescribe contact lenses - dealing with contact lens compliance.

The evening was so insightful and we gained so much knowledge on how established and successful optometrists went about prescribing. We also had a lovely buffet dinner on the night. We hope to do this again soon!

"YO Paediatrics Day" 
Ultimo - 5 June 2016

Dust off your retinoscopes because young optometrists are ready to see children.


A company of just over 50 guests warmed The Central Room as they sought shelter from the terrible torrential rain on the 5th of June.

Thanks to our speakers: Dr. Grace Wee, Dr. Shaun Chang, Dr. Liz Jackson, and Dr. Michael Jones for their informative talks and their time and effort! Also thanks to our patron sponsor CooperVision, and CR Surfacing for their generosity for the day. To read more about our paediatrics day, please follow the link here.

Social Events

"YO Christmas Party"

Newtown - 11 November 2016

On the 11th of November, YO (NSW/ACT) held our annual Christmas gathering at Thai Pothong, Newtown. The night was full of fun and games, yummy food and all round festive cheer. Highlights of the night included: hilarious optometry musical parodies by fellow YO, Richard Lin, YO Outstanding Contribution award winner, Sarah Tait and a spectacular round of Celebrity Heads. We would like to thank everyone who attended and hope that you all had a blast networking and catching up with YOs and FroYOs like we did! The YO Executives would also like to thank Sub-Committee members, Meesha and Herenia, for being such awesome organisers and MCs for the night!

We hope to see you at our Christmas party next year!

"How to forge a successful career in Optometry!
..or is optometry really for you?"
Ultimo - 16 July 2016

We ran our very first networking event for YOs on the 16th of July, providing them with the opportunity to connect with established optometrists from a variety of backgrounds. It was a huge success and we are grateful for the phenomenal talks from our two guest speakers: Bashir ‘Baz’ Youssef, inspirational life coach and retinitis pigmentosa patient, and Amira Howari, optometrist. We would again like to thank our patron sponsor, CooperVision, for their support of this event.

Established optometrists present on the night were: Amira Howari, Monica Lette, Joe Tanner, Allan Poulter, Khanh Tien Truong, Chih-Chi Lee, Dina Chungue, Susan Ang, Albert Lee, John Evans, Pauline Kang, Jennifer Long, Mark Koszek, Narelle Hine and Heidi Hunter.

All these optometrists had their own specialities, success and passion in their specified fields of optometry. We were all so lucky to be in the same room to network and mingle with these inspirational optometrists!!

And for once, it wasn't raining during our events!

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