The achievements of 2019 graduates from the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science (UNSW SOVS) have been recognised at a virtual awards event hosted by Head of School, Professor Lisa Keay.
Two Specsavers Graduates were among the prize winners of the 2019 cohort, recognised during the celebration.
Richard Cheng from Specsavers Nowra was presented with the Specsavers Prize for Excellence in Patient Management, while Phoebe Wong from Specsavers Orange was presented the Specsavers Prize for Overall Excellence in the Bachelor of Vision Science Master of Clinical Optometry Program.
Phoebe was also awarded the University Medal.
These awards don’t just recognise excellence from an academic perspective, they also have proven real-world impacts, with both Richard and Phoebe consistently delivering optimised patient outcomes within their respective communities at Nowra and Orange.
Specsavers Optometry Benchmark Reporting shows our graduates are performing strongly when it comes to the detection and management of diabetes and glaucoma.
Since commencing in practice in Nowra, Richard has implemented systematic and highly effective clinical processes resulting in detection of glaucoma at the reported population prevalence (3%) in his community. His use of OCT and implementation of same day visual field assessments have led to new glaucoma detections and are enhancing his ability to work collaboratively with ophthalmology to manage patients in his community with existing glaucoma.
In Orange, over 10% of the patients Phoebe sees for routine eyecare have diabetes. Phoebe has led her clinical team in engagement with the KeepSight program, registering up to 75% of her patients onto the NDSS database. By doing this she is ensuring this growing subset of patients receive tailored recalls and return for regular eye checks at the appropriate frequency. Richard is also an active participant in the KeepSight program.
The pair is an excellent example of the value graduates can bring to clinical teams. Their patient-centric approach is delivering clear and measurable outcomes in their communities.
Graduates are key contributors to Specsavers’ mission to provide eye care services to those who missed out during COVID. They are providing hugely valuable contributions to eye health outcomes in regional communities.