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Large attendance at Specsavers Clinical Conference

12/09/2018By Matthew Woodley
The Specsavers Clinical Conference (SCC7) has continued to expand, with more than 700 people attending this year’s event in Melbourne.

The conference was extended for 2018 with a move to two full days of CPD/CD content, under the theme of ‘Transforming Eye Health’.

Aside from the 14 speakers who presented over the weekend, highlights from SCC7 included a $31,722 donation to Lion’s Outback Vision, the presentation of the inaugural Doug Perkins Medals for Clinical Excellence, and updates on research the optical chain has been carrying out based on data taken from its 6.5 million patient database.


“To see it develop into such a phenomenally organised and widely-attended event is testament to its overall importance as an educational tool.”
Peter Larsen, Specsavers

Money for the donation was raised in the week leading up to the SCC Welcome Dinner, with donations primarily coming from delegates. Specsavers stores Victor Harbour and Botany received the Australian and New Zealand Doug Perkins Medals, respectively.

In his keynote address, Specsavers optometry director Mr Peter Larsen said the group’s soon-to-be-released ‘State of the Nation Eye Health Report 2018’, had shown how benchmarking of its approaches to disease assessment had resulted in improved detection and diagnosis rates for glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and medical retinal disease. Additionally, stores that have received OCT machines as part of the nationwide rollout displayed even higher rates of eye disease detection.

Speaking after the conference, Larsen described it as an “overwhelming success”.

“To see it develop into such a phenomenally organised and widely-attended event is testament to its overall importance as an educational tool for optometrists across Australia and New Zealand,” he said.

“This year was our biggest conference yet, attended by more optometry professionals than ever before and was brought to life through the engaging, interesting and challenging sessions led by an array of world-class speakers and leaders in ophthalmology and eye disease and eye health.”

Including in-App CPD material, a total of 44 Australian CPD points were on offer over the two days, while 27 exhibitors were also present for delegates to visit during breaks.

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