Specsavers Clinical Conference returns for eighth edition

This year’s event will be held over 7–8 Septber at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will continue the new format introduced last year to include two full days of clinical content delivered by ophthalmology experts.After welcoming approximately 750 delegates last year, the 2019 edition will also include shorter, additional ‘Fringe Talks’ to take place during breaks, with a view to delivering as close to a full year’s worth of continuing professional development points as possible over two days.UK-based Professor Peter Scanlon will be the international guest speaker to feature in the Sunday program, following opening rarks from Specsavers Australia and New Zealand optometry director Mr Peter Larsen.As program director of the UK National Health Service’s Diabetic Eye Screening Program, Scanlon will discuss how he and his team have moved from limited, ad hoc delivery of screening services to systatic, quality-assured processes. This has been applied to the screening, assessment and treatment of 3.3 million people with diabetes in England.Saturday’s program will comprise four one-hour sessions from 10am to 4.30pm. Speakers include; Dr Adam Rudkin, director of Specialist Eye Glenelg, who will discuss vitreoretinal conditions; Dr Dru Daniels, of Dru Consultants, to present on glaucoma; and Gordon Eye Surgery ophthalmologist Dr Caroline Catt to discuss paediatric optometry.Vision Eye Institute Associate Professor Colin Chan will complete the Saturday speaker schedule with a presentation on anterior eye disease.Six one-hour sessions are confirmed for the Sunday agenda from 7:30am to 4:30pm. Following Scanlon’s presentation, Centre for Eye Research Australia deputy director Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden will discuss diabetic retinopathy managent and the newly launched KeepSight program. 

Adam RudkinCaroline CattColin Chan

Dru Daniels

Elaine Chong

Lindsay McGrath

Lyndell Lim

Peter Scanlon

Peter van Wijngaarden

Tu Tran

 Following on, IRIS Surgery ophthalmologist Dr Elaine Chong’s will shine a light on interpretation of optical coherence tomography in medical retina conditions, and Associate Professor Lyndell Lim, of Victoria Parade Eye Consultants, will speak about optometric managent of ocular inflammation.Finally, Oxford Eye Centre ophthalmologist Dr Lindsay McGrath will focus onocular oncology, while Eyes First ophthalmic surgeon Dr Tu Tran will discuss glaucoma co-managent.SCC8, which is also open to non-Specsavers optometrists and students, will also open an exhibition across both days, and an ‘SCC Welcome Function’ is scheduled to take place at the National Gallery of Victoria on the Saturday evening.There is also an opportunity for non-Specsavers optometrists in Australia and New Zealand to enter for a chance to win 20 free ticket/flight/accommodation packages. These costs may also be covered for students, dependant on location. More reading:Large attendance at Specsavers Clinical ConferenceSCC7 entrenches conference’s reputation as a leading event