The achievements of 2019 graduates from the University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science (UNSW SOVS) have been recognised at a virtual awards event hosted by Head of School, Professor Lisa Keay.
Professor Keay welcomed the graduates, their families, academics and members of the optometric community to the event and said the Class of 2019 had been “very special” to her as it was the first class to graduate since her appointment as Head of School.
where there are conflicts and unrest there is also opportunity for graduating optometrists to help determine how the future will be shaped
Academic and optometrist Dr Jack Phu delivered an encouraging keynote address acknowledging the challenges facing graduates as they commence their career journeys, and the opportunities they present.
Within a changing economic and health climate, he said issues like freedom, racism, socially equality and justice will arise – but where there are conflicts and unrest there is also opportunity for graduating optometrists to help determine how the future will be shaped.
Emphasising the vital role of optometrists as primary eye care practitioners, he urged graduates to exercise their leadership and exploit their skills in optometry and beyond to find new ways to deliver eye care with evidence based practice and compassion.
2019 President Optometry Society Ivy Kol took the opportunity to thank the School’s academics and support staff for their commitment.
“The high standard of our class is definitely a reflection of the staff – we couldn’t have done it without you supporting us,” she said.
Referring to the unanticipated events of 2019, she said a consequence was that the class had become unusually close. She encouraged her fellow students to keep in touch and reach out when in need.
2019 Prize Winners
The Stage 1 Optics Prize, sponsored by Transitions Optical (Essilor), for the Best Performance in Geometrical and Physical Optics (VISN1111) and Visual Optics (VISN1221) – Vedant Agrawal.
The Stage 2 Clinical Optometry Prize, sponsored By BOC Ophthalmic Instruments Pty Ltd, for Best Performance in the Clinical Environment (OPTM2133) and Optical Dispensing (OPTM2233) – Lina Shen.
The Stage 3 Ocular Diseases Prize, Sponsored By Essilor Australia Pty Ltd, for the Best Performance in Disease Processes of the Eye 1 (OPTM3105) and Disease Processes of the Eye 2 (OPTM3205) – Jennifer Pack.
The Stage 3 Environmental Optometry and Dispensing Prize, sponsored by UVEX Safety Australia Limited, for the Best Performance In Stage 3 Environmental Optometry And Dispensing – Aaron Tse.
The Coopervision Prize in Contact Lenses, sponsored by Coopervision Australia, for the Best Performance In Contact Lenses (OPTM6411) and Binocular Vision, CL Fitting and Low Vision (Contact Lens Strand – OPTM6421) in the Stage 1 of The Master of Clinical Optometry – Natasha Tein.
The Optometry NSW/ACT Prize on Ocular Therapeutics for the Best Performance in Anterior Eye Therapeutics (OPTM6413) and Therapeutics and the Posterior Eye (OPTM6423) in Stage 1 of the Master of Clinical Optometry – Maardavi Patel.
Mivision Prize in Recognition of Excellence in Social Engagement to Recognise Students that have Demonstrated Excellence in Communication, Advocacy or in Promoting Eye Care to the Community or Other Professions – Shalini Nanayakkara.
The Neville Fulthorpe Prize for Stage 5 Clinical Optometry, sponsored by Judy Rainsford-Fulthorpe, for the Best Performance in the Master of Clinical Optometry 5A and 5B, Stage 2 (OPTM8512 Clinical Optometry 5A and OPTM8522 Clinical Optometry 5B) – Nuriye Gunler.
The Designs For Vision Prize for the Best Overall Performance throughout the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry Program in Primary Care Optometry – Eric Chen.
Dr Andrew Whatham Prize for Stage 5 Centre For Eye Health (CFEH) Clinical Excellence, Sponsored by Centre For Eye Health and Mrs Val Whatham, for the Best Performance in the Centre For Eye Health (CFEH) Stage 5 Clinical Rotation (Master Of Clinical Optometry Stage 2) – Nicola Lee.
The Specsavers Prize for Excellence in Patient Management for Excellence in Patient Management by a Student in the Final Year of the Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Clinical Optometry Program – Richard Cheng.
The ACBO Prize in Binocular and Children’s Vision, sponsored by The Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists, for the Best Overall Performance Throughout The Master of Clinical Optometry Program in Binocular and Children’s Vision – Brian Wong.
The Research Project Prize in Master of Clinical Optometry, sponsored by Optometric Vision Research Foundation, for the Best Overall Mark in the Research Project in the Final Year of the Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Clinical Optometry Program – shared by Nicola Lee and Jermyn Young.
The Luxottica Prize for the Best Performance in Clinical Ocular Therapeutics (Master of Clinical Optometry, Stage 2), sponsored by Luxottica for the Best Performance In Clinical Ocular Therapy 5A (OPTM8513) and Clinical Ocular Therapy 5B (OPTM8523) –Sylvia Li.
The Specsavers Prize for Overall Excellence in the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry Program, sponsored by Specsavers, for the Best Overall Weighted Average Mark (WAM) in the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry Program AND The University Medal – Phoebe Wong.
The Postgraduate Ocular Therapeutics Prize, sponsored by Luxottica, for the Best Performance in Postgraduate Ocular Therapeutics – Michael Lucas.
The Brian Kirby Prize for Research Excellence in Optometry, sponsored by The Brian Kirby Foundation, for the Doctoral Student In Optometry with the Best Thesis – shared by Ephrem Sitiwin, Dinesh Subedi, and Memoon Arshad.
The David Bard Science Vacation Research Scholarship, sponsored by David Bard family – Dogukan Kayhan.
The OVRF-Maki Shiobara Scholarship, sponsored by the Optometric Vision Research Foundation – Yean Chua.
The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) Award for Most Outstanding Graduate in the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry in the Area of Professional Commitment – Sophia Dillon.
The Dean’s 2019 Prizes
The following graduates were awarded a Dean’s Prize.