2020 Australian of the Year, Dr James Muecke AM, is destined to inspire social change when he delivers a powerful keynote address at Blue Sky 2021 on Friday 26 February.
An ophthalmologist, humanitarian and social entrepreneur, Dr Muecke has been fighting blindness in Australia and in some of the world’s poorest countries for over 30 years.
Dr Muecke will recount powerful stories from his work with Sight For All, the social impact organisation he co-founded to create a world where everyone can see
In his keynote presentation, Dr Muecke will recount powerful stories from his work with Sight For All, the social impact organisation he co-founded to create a world where everyone can see.
Sight For All’s unique ‘teach a man to fish’ approach is having an extraordinary ripple effect. In Myanmar, for example, where a 2007 Sight For All study found that nearly half of all blindness in children was preventable or treatable, they’ve established and equipped paediatric eye units, and trained a paediatric ophthalmologist. Now that ophthalmologist trains two to three paediatric ophthalmologists annually, and together they provide over 30,000 treatments every year.
With both fascinating and at times confronting stories, Dr Muecke will demonstrate the three key elements of social entrepreneurship – a spirit of adventure, a humanitarian spirit, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Additionally, he will discuss the ingredients that make up an entrepreneurial spirit and how you can harness your passion and use these ingredients to change the world for better.
Solid Speaker Line-Up
Dr James Muecke is just one of a number of high profile speakers participating in Blue Sky 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 26 – 27 February. The hybrid conference program includes presentations from highly respected optometrist Dr Blair Lonsberry, currently a Full Professor with Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon and Dr Nate Lighthizer Chief of Specialty Care Clinics and the Chief of Electrodiagnostics Clinic at the Oklahoma College of Optometry.
Australian optometrists Jeremiah Lim, Lachlan Hoy, Rebekah Hopps, and Jason Booth will all deliver presentations as will ophthalmologists Dr Katja Ullrich and Associate Professor Celia Chen.
Meeting New CPD Guidelines
Blue Sky 2021 is a biennial event organised by Optometry Victoria / South Australia (OV/SA) that is renowned for quality education based on adult learning principles which encourage participation in the learning process. The program has been designed to meet new guidelines for continued professional development (CPD) released by the Optometry Board of Australia in December 2020.
OVSA is an approved Institute of Excellence quality assurance provider and will report on CPD hours earned. Non OA members will be supplied with a certificate of attendance and relevant hours earned for their records.
A COVID-Safe Hybrid Event
Blue Sky can be attended in person or by live-streaming all lectures. Virtual delegates will be able to attend all lectures, participate by asking questions during lectures, and engage with sponsors and exhibitors through the Cvent Engagement Hub, throughout the two-day conference.
All aspects of Blue Sky will be delivered at the Adelaide Convention Centre strictly in accordance with COVID-19 protocols in place at that time, to ensure that those who join the event face-to-face can do so without worry.