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Optometry Australia (OA) has announced it is hosting the Optometry Virtually Connected (OVC) conference for a second consecutive year, after the inaugural event attracted 2,200 delegates in 2020.

Now open to registrations, the two and a half-day conference and product showcase is being held entirely online from 18-20 June 2021 and has its own dedicated website.

OVC was established last after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped conferences and trade shows off the Australian ophthalmic events calendar.

This year’s conference is being held in association with the Asia Pacific Council of Optometry (the regional representation body of the World Council of Optometry comprising optometry associations from 17 countries), New Zealand Optometrists Association and New Zealand’s Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board.

As a result, OA is expecting delegates to attend from Australia, New Zealand and APCO countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region as well as Canada and the US.

The organisation has also announced this year’s conference will be hosted on a new digital platform that “will create a superior experience for registration, attendance and networking”.

Professor Sohail Inayatullah, an Australian academic and one of the world’s leading future studies researchers, is set to open the OVC 2021 program, which offers up to 30 hours of education.

OA said the conference is created by optometrists, for optometrists.

“Importantly, all live keynote presentations and on-demand courses are supported by the latest peer-reviewed, evidence-based research, and quality assured by Optometry Australia’s Institute of Excellence,” OA said.

The virtual product showcase also offers delegates the opportunity to explore the latest patient management technology, products and services on the market from leading optometric suppliers.

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