Date: Tuesday March 2nd 2021
Venue: Local Wine & Co
165A King William Road, Hyde Park SA 5061
Welcome to 2021 and our South Australian Division kick starts the year with our return to face to face events!
Please read on for details for this fantastic educational event.
With 50% of the world’s population predicted to be myopic by 2050, the prevalence of short-sightedness is growing exponentially. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is now classifying myopia as an epidemic, particularly with the rise of the newly coined “quarantine myopia”. As primary eye care professionals, optometrists are at the forefront regarding patient education and the evidence-based management of myopia. It is well established that axial elongation significantly increases the risk of irreversible eye diseases, such as myopic maculopathy, retinal detachment, and glaucoma. This prevention of myopia-related eye disease is what makes slowing down the progression of myopia so important.
As an industry, our knowledge regarding both the mechanism and management of myopia is constantly evolving. The presentations will outline how we can apply this information in order to best manage our patients in clinical practice.
Dr Kate Gifford is a clinician-scientist, peer educator and professional leader based in Brisbane, Australia, and a co-founder of Myopia Profile. Kate graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal, and was awarded her PhD in contact lens optics in myopia from QUT in 2018. She holds four professional fellowships, over 70 peer-reviewed and professional publications, and has presented over 140 conference lectures around the world, primarily on clinical myopia management.
Kate was the youngest ever National President of Optometry Australia from 2014-16, and was awarded the inaugural BCLA President’s Award and also named the QUT Young Alumnus of the Year in 2017. Kate works in clinical practice and holds a Visiting Research Fellow position at QUT. When not talking, thinking and dreaming about myopia, Kate is a mediocre runner, aspiring yogi, dark chocolate addict, voracious reader, shoe enthusiast and amateur travel film-maker.
Dr Paul Gifford is a research scientist and industry innovator based in Brisbane, Australia, and co-founder of Myopia Profile. Paul graduated from City University, London, England in 1995; completed his Masters in 2005 and was awarded his PhD in hyperopic orthokeratology and contact lens optics in 2009 from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Paul’s experience includes every facet of the optometry profession, from clinical practice to academia, research and industry.
He holds three professional fellowships, more than 50 peer reviewed and professional publications, has been conferred several prestigious research awards and grants, and has presented more than 50 conference lectures around the world. Paul is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UNSW and consults to contact lens industry on projects relating to product and systems design and software solutions including machine learning. In his spare time, Paul is a new tech explorer, cooking enthusiast, fancy coffee fanatic, avid reader and a much better runner than Kate.
60 minutes of general CPD
(75 minute lecture program)
An open bar and canapes will be going around!
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Looking forward to seeing you there!