Location: QT Perth
Date: 20th September 2021
Time: 6:30 pm for 7 pm start
We welcome WA members and friends, we invite you to our next CCLSA WA event. We welcome Dr. Kate Gifford & Dr. Paul Gifford to Perth, WA. Please read on for details of 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 WHO is now classifying myopia as an epidemic, particularly with the rise of the newly coined “quarantine myopia”. Being 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 myopic-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. This presentation will outline how we can apply this information in order to best manage our patients in clinical practice.
Dr. Kate Gifford
PhD, BAppSc(Optom)Hons, GCOT, FBCLA, FIACLE, FCCLSA, FAAO, GAICD
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 Ph.D. 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
PhD, MCOptom, FBCLA, FIACLE, FAAO
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 Ph.D. 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 OA CPD have been applied for this learning event.
CCLSA Members: $60.00
CCLSA Student members: $60.00. CCLSA Student membership is complimentary, become a member here.
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Looking forward to seeing you there!
CCLSA WA President