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Specsavers Dispensing Conference

Specsavers Dispensing Conference

The second Specsavers Dispensing Conference has now concluded.

Specsavers would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the event. To receive updates on the next SDC, subscribe to the ProFile newsletter.


 12-17 August 2018 (see full schedule)
Where: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth (see full schedule)
Who: Qualified Specsavers dispensers, qualified non-Specsavers dispensers, all optical dispensing students
Contact: Katie Philp, Dispensing Advancement Manager – Email: anz.sdc@specsavers.com

The 2nd Specsavers Dispensing Conference (SDC2) is a one-day event delivered in a roadshow-style format across Australia. New Zealand arrangements will be announced soon.

SDC2 is open to all qualified optical dispensers – both Specsavers and non-Specsavers – and student optical dispensers who are currently studying to obtain the qualification.

The conference program has a strong academic focus and features world-class speakers, interactive workshops and lectures, with driving lenses and blue light among the topical subjects on offer. The speaker line-up includes two international guest speakers from the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO), UNSW Emeritus Professor Stephen Dain, and Dr Lewis Williams from the International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), among others.

Delegates can customise their learning by selecting from a range of sessions according to their areas of interest and professional development goals.

Key Details

The one-day conference will open at 8:30am for registration and breakfast and conclude at 6:00pm with drinks and canapés. The full schedule can be found below.

Brisbane, QLD
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street and Glenelg Street, South Brisbane, QLD

Sydney, NSW
Monday, 13 August 2018
Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW

Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Place, South Wharf, VIC

Perth, WA
 Friday, 17 August 2018
Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, 21 Mounts Bay Road, Perth, WA



Emeritus Professor Stephen Dain
Blue light: Myths and realities and the need for protection
Alicia Thompson
Association of British Dispensing Opticians
It’s all about the face
Professor Joanne Wood
Queensland University of Technology
Driving and vision
Miranda Richardson
Association of British Dispensing Opticians
It’s not just a numbers game: Rx analysis
Dr Lewis Williams
International Association of Contact Lens Educators
Contact lenses for dispensers at the coalface: Core information and pitfalls to be avoided
Dr Vincent Nguyen
University of Technology, Sydney
Vision rehabilitation
Trent McInerney
Rx Safety
A tick for the ticktower: Certified prescription safety eyewear
James Gibbins
Australasian College of Optical Dispensing
How to train your optical dispenser
Timothy Haigh
The how, when and why of optical standards in the modern practice

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