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Celebrating Orthoptics Awareness Week: 31 May – 4 June

In partnership with Insight, Orthoptics Australia (OA) is marking this year’s Orthoptics Awareness Week (31 May-4 June) with five articles, themed: ‘A day in the life of an orthoptist – through my eyes’. It features orthoptists who are advancing eye research and contributing to innovative models of care in various clinical settings across Australia.

This year’s awareness campaign is being promoted in the lead up to World Orthoptic Day which is held on the first Monday of June each year (7 June). It will highlight the expertise of orthoptists when it comes to providing integrated pathways into ever expanding patient volumes through eye clinics, and advancements in eye research.

Starting today 31 May, one article by an Australian orthoptist will be uploaded each day until Friday 4 June. The OAW 2021 articles have been authored by:

Sachinee Jayasuriya – Lions Eye Institute – The role of an orthoptist in clinical trials.

Marion Gaussen – Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital – Playing a greater role in glaucoma care. 

Nabill Jacob – Vision Australia – Blindness, low vision and the orthoptic assessment.

Darvy Dang – Centre for Eye Research Australia – Clinical research and a new retinal camera

Linden Chen – Marsden Eye Specialists – No day the same in this orthoptist’s clinic

As part of the campaign, OA is also providing an OAW poster/flyer that can be printed and posted around clinics and workplaces, handed out or used on social media. Another resource is the 2021 OAW logo that can also be used on social media or as an email signature.

“Join us in celebrating and promoting OAW 2020 by following Orthoptics Australia on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and by sharing our featured articles written by fellow orthoptists using the hashtag #OAW2021,” the association said.

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