MDFA announces macular degeneration education sessions up to November

The Macular Degeneration Foundation of Australia has announced the dates and venues of its education sessions up to November. They are:

  • Taree,NSW: 14 August, Club Taree.
  • Port Macquarie, NSW: 15 August, Port Macquarie Race Club.
  • Forster,NSW: 16 August, Club Forster.
  • Gold Coast, Qld: 27 August, Southport Community Centre
  • Tweed Heads, NSW: 28 August, South Tweed Sports Club.
  • Coffs Harbour, NSW: 4 September, C.ex Coffs.
  • Nambucca Heads, NSW: 5 September, Nambucca Heads RSL.
  • Central Coast, NSW: 10 September, Terrigal Uniting Church.
  • Brisbane, Qld: 13 October, Geebung RSL Club.
  • Brisbane, Qld: 15 October, Queensland Eye Institute.
  • Maroochydore, Qld: 16 October, Maroochydore RSL Club.
  • Noosa, Qld: 17 October, Villa Noosa.
  • Hobart, Tas: 3 November, Grand Chancellor Hotel.
  • Newcastle, NSW: 12 November, Belmont 16s.
  • Maitland,NSW: 13 November, Maitland Leagues Club.

Bookings: 1800 111 709.       

By | August 12th, 2018|Conference|

There’s a medical-information overload: SCC 6

THERE is already a medical-information overload worldwide, with the amount of medical information doubling every three years and by 2020 expected to double every quarter, Dr Carl Glittenberg, of the Netherlands, said in his paper ‘Why OCT screening is the future’.

Dr Glittenberg was speaking at Specsavers Clinical Conference 6, held in Melbourne on 2-3 September.

He pointed out that:

  • Every 40 seconds, a new article appears on PubMed/MEDLINE;
  • 80% of health-care professionals spend almost five hours per month to keep abreast of their domain; and
  • Only 20% of the knowledge medical practitioners use is evidence based: one out of five diagnoses are wrong or incomplete.

There are 13,000 diseases, syndromes and injuries; 7,000 types of drugs; 7,000 orphan diseases; 4,000 medical and operative protocols; 21,000 human genes; 10,000-plus data points in a patient’s HER; and 100s of guidelines.

Use of artificial intelligence

Dr Glittenberg then turned to an example of using artificial intelligence, commencing with ‘IBM Watson’, which helped to save a 60-year-old-female patient’s life in August 2016.

The patient was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, for which she was unsuccessfully treated with several different anti-cancer drugs, leaving doctors confounded.

IBM Watson for Genomics concluded the patient suffered from a rare type of leukemia and recommended a different treatment, which was successful.

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By | September 10th, 2017|Conference|

IACLE awards winners

The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) presented awards to four winners at the British Contact Lens Association’s (BCLA) 40th Clinical Conference at Exhibition, which took place at the ACC in Liverpool on 9-11 June.

The IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards recognise and reward achievements in contact lens education globally.

The winners from the United Stataes, Jordan and Korea each received a bursary of up to $US3000 towards the cost of attending a major international conference.

Professor Jan Bergmanson from the University of Houston won the Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017 award. Dr Yazan Gammoh from Amman Ahliyah University in Jordan received the Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017 award, and Professor Koon-ja Lee from Eulji University in Korea received the Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017 award.

Kristina Mihić, from the University of Applied Sciences in Croatia was awarded the IACLE Travel Award 2017, which is a travel bursary for an IACLE educator member who would not otherwise be able to attend a major international conference.

The ceremony, which took place on the final day of the BCLA event “marked a successful participation of IACLE, its members and fellows this year,” the organisation said.

By | June 21st, 2017|Conference|

Escape the cold at Cairns conference

The North Queensland Vision conference will be held at the Hilton Cairns in Cairns on 1-2 July.

Enrolments: Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory, 58 St Paul’s Terrace, Spring Hill, Qld 4000; (07) 3839 4411.


By | June 14th, 2017|Conference|

16th Annual Cornea and Contact Lens Congress in Sydney in September

The 16th Annual Cornea & Contact Lens Congress will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Sydney on 8-10 September 21017.

The congress “will shed light on the latest in contact lens and anterior eye practice with expert insights into dry eye, contact lens myopia control, new ocular surface therapeutic learnings and evolutionary changes growing contact lens practice”.

Jessica Chi, National President/Chair of the CCLSA, said that the program committee are planning an outstanding program. “Delegates will take part in a fantastic program over two and a half days, delivered by an array of talented local and international speakers. The program aims to enlighten and share experiences among the audience of optometrists, ophthalmologists, researchers, and optometry students.”

By | June 14th, 2017|Conference|

International ophthalmology conference on eye cancer starts in Sydney this week

The 18th International Society of Ocular Oncology Biennial Conference will be held at Sydney’s International Convention Centre on 24-28 March.

The Conference is being hosted by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists’ NSW Branch, which will hold its Annual Scientific Meeting alongside the ISSO Conference.

The focus of the meetings will be ocular oncology/oculoplastic surgery, with both events including presentations from internationally renowned experts. The sessions will discuss developments in eye-cancer management, specifically in relation to intra and extraocular tumours that are encountered in clinical practice.

The ISSO scientific programme has been developed with the Australian context in mind and will include sessions exploring the relationship between eye cancer and sun exposure, particularly in countries with high UV levels.

There will also be a special segment on ocular melanoma as part of the ISOO Biennial Conference, comparing it to melanoma of the skin – a disease that is common in sun-loving Australians and one in which Australia leads the world in research and treatment.

Over 20 ophthalmologists from developing countries have also been sponsored to attend the ISOO conference where they will build on their ophthalmic knowledge and skills to take back to their home countries.

Approximately 400 eye-health professionals are expected to attend the conferences to discuss the latest in ocular oncology.

More information: the 

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By | March 22nd, 2017|Conference|