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Specsavers Clinical Conference

Specsavers Clinical Conference

The 7th Specsavers Clinical Conference has now concluded.

Specsavers would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event. SCC will return to Melbourne in 2019 from 7-8 September. To receive further updates on the next conference as they are announced, subscribe to the ProFile newsletter.


When: 8-9 September 2018 (see full schedule)
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria, Australia
Who: Specsavers optometrists, all non-Specsavers optometrists, optometry students
Contact: Gemma Robertson, Events Coordinator – Email: anz.scc@specsavers.com Mobile: +61 (0)428 285 535

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Key Details

The Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC) is one of the largest professional development events in the Australian and New Zealand optometry calendar, with more than 600 delegates attending in 2017. The annual event features a conference program of optometry and ophthalmology experts as well as an exhibition.

With the theme ‘Transforming Eye Health’, the 2018 event is jam-packed with new developments, foremost of which is the move to two full days of CPD/CD content.

The popular Clinical Education Sessions held on the Saturday prior to the Clinical Conference have been extended from a half day to a full-day program of education sessions, increasing the conference to a full two days. Combined with three CPD/CD articles that will be made available to SCC7 delegates, the goal is to get as close as possible to delivering a full year’s worth of CPD/CD points over the two days – the most that have ever been offered at SCC.

The event will also feature an expanded exhibition as the focal point for the two days, along with an ‘SCC Welcome Dinner’ which replaces the traditional cocktail and canapés event. At the dinner, two very special new awards will be presented and a new optometry-relevant fundraising element will be introduced.

More details, including the full speaker program, will be announced in the coming months. Subscribe to the ProFile newsletter to ensure you receive future event updates.


Key Details

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Clinical Education Sessions and Exhibition
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm
Cost: $300 + GST
Content: The Clinical Education Sessions will take place over a full day from 10:00am to 4:30pm, comprising four one-hour sessions of clinical content. For the first time, the exhibition will also be open on the Saturday, providing delegates with even more time to learn about the support Specsavers offers, the new technology available, and the depth of Specsavers’ relationships with sponsors and other eye health stakeholders. Some 20 exhibition stands are anticipated.

SCC Welcome Dinner
Time: 6:30pm10:30pm
Location: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Cost: Event hosted gratis by Specsavers
Content: The inaugural SCC Welcome Dinner, which replaces the transitional Welcome Cocktail event, is a no-cost event, hosted by Specsavers’ Optometry Team for all SCC delegates, speakers and sponsors. The SCC Welcome Dinner will be held at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), on St Kilda Road in the heart of the Melbourne CBD.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Clinical Conference and Exhibition
7:30am – 4:30pm
Location: MCEC
 $325 + GST
Ophthalmology meets optometry – a series of six one-hour sessions presented by leaders and experts in ophthalmology, all designed to provide valuable take-home messages that can be implemented in the optometry consulting room.



Saturday, 8 September 2018

Main Program

Dr Tu Tran
Eyes First
Glaucoma: Review of referral pathway, case reviews, OCT overview
Dr Chameen Samarawickrama
Hospital for Specialist Surgery
Managing corneal lesions
Dr Erwin Groeneveld
Brisbane Eye Clinic
Guidelines for detection and management of diabetic eye disease
Dr Simon Skalicky
Eye Surgery Associates
Managing the glaucoma patient: optometry, ophthalmology and Glaucoma Australia


Fringe Talks

Nabill Jacob
Vision Australia
When to refer your patient for low vision services and what services are available
Annie Gibbins
Glaucoma Australia
Proactively shifting the dial on glaucoma detection and adherence rates


Sunday, 9 September 2018

Main Program

Dr Jesse Gale
Wellington Hospital, New Zealand
Identifying glaucoma amongst countless imperfect OCT scans
Professor David A Mackey
Lions Eye Institute, University of Western Australia
Optic nerve diseases – genetics, differential diagnosis and potential treatments
Dr Xavier J Fagan
Ringwood Eye Specialists and Northern Eye Consultants
Ophthalmic signs of systemic disease and working collaboratively with medicine
Associate Professor Adrian Fung
Retina & Macula Specialists Miranda
Posterior segment ocular tumours for optometrists
Associate Professor Colin C Chan
Vision Eye Institute Chatswood
The red eye: when to be afraid … very afraid
Professor Glen Gole
Cura Ophthalmology Specialists
When to refer kids
Peter Larsen
Specsavers Australia & New Zealand
State of the Nation Eye Health Report


Fringe Talks

Professor Jonathan Shaw
Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute
PREDICT: a new study to find new ways of preventing vision loss from diabetes – how you can help
Taryn Black
Diabetes Australia
The importance of regular eye screening and early detection and treatment of diabetes-related eye disease



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