1. Science, Art & Community: Finding the Sweet...

    Shay Zhang | 30 June 2018

    Balancing a role in an expanding optometry group with giving back to the community, is incredibly satisfying.  With a passion for science and art, my idea of fulfilling work lies where they meet.  I began my career in a private... Read More

  2. Fake It ‘Til You Make It

    Ben Gambrill | 31 May 2018

    Stepping solo into a consultation can be daunting early in your career. Sometimes you just have to put on a brave face.  After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014, I began working at Durkin & Black, a... Read More

  3. The Value of Referring Intraprofessionally

    Katrina Yap | 30 April 2018

    Collaboration within our profession is essential for practice and positive patient outcomes… but when do you decide when to refer a patient on to a colleague? As an early career optometrist, I graduated from University legally qualified yet horribly... Read More

  4. Leaping into Ownership

    Michelle Cremona | 02 April 2018

    The concept of practice ownership is daunting, especially when you’re an early career optometrist… yet it’s possible with preparation a supportive team's back-up. The appeal of optometry for me, has  always been the ability to combine... Read More

  5. Unravelling the Psychology of Eyewear

    Layal Naji | 28 February 2018

    Working with patients at the Newtown Asylum Seeker Centre has highlighted the need to be cognisant of each patient’s psychological perspective. It was while I was trying to unpack one of my patient’s self-esteem issues that I first became aware of ... Read More

  6. Learning and Growing in Regional Practice

    Dr. Hayden Merrett | 01 February 2018

    Most teenagers have little idea of what they want to do with their lives. I was one of the lucky few who knew, from a young age, the career path I wanted to take. Being accepted into the Doctor of Optometry Program at The University of Melbourne... Read More

  7. Pursuing a Career in Research

    Khyber Alam | 29 November 2017

    Within a few months of graduating from Deakin University, Khyber Alam found himself managing an OPSM practice in Hobart, Tasmania. Now he’s back at Deakin University, pursuing his passion for research. My first year out from university was a year of... Read More

  8. Building Your Brand as an Optometrist

    Dr. Ayesha Kathriachchige | 27 October 2017

    Building your personal brand – or reputation –  as an optometrist doesn’t come easily, but it’s important. How your patients remember you when they leave your consulting room will dictate whether they come back. The word... Read More

  9. Earning Trust as an Early Career Optom

    Rebecca Pyne | 03 October 2017

    Earning the trust of patients and other healthcare professionals is a challenge for any young optometrist, yet it is integral to facilitating excellent patient care. Dispensing spectacles (and paying bills) is an integral facet of optometry but it’s not ... Read More

  10. Preparing to Guide the Future

    Roxanne Medhora | 29 August 2017

    Sitting on the Optometry Board as a junior has given me a sense of satisfaction and personal achievement beyond everyday work. One day we will be the leaders of the organisation. I will be ready to shape our future. As a young graduate I was excited to... Read More

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