Blog Post; July 2022

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

SPEVI member discounts for NextSense Institute professional learning program:

SPEVI members are eligible for a maximum of five discounts per member for professional learning events. Please contact Trudy Smith, Manager of NextSense Institute CPE program if you have any questions.

If you’re looking for other CPD opportunities, remember to check the OMAA website for suggestions where you’ll find many great course and conference options listed for your convenience.

Are you hosting or attending an upcoming CPD event? Would you like to be able to earn points towards ACVREP recertification at the same time? Click here to find out how you can register your event.

Upcoming Conferences 

  • OMAA Online Symposium, 30 September 2022, 10am – 6pm (AEDT). This year’s symposium theme is Future Proof – addressing future client needs. The OMAA Professional Development team is thrilled to announce that Dr Amanda Lueck has been secured as one of the keynote speakers. Dr Lueck is an expert on visual impairment, particularly the effects of early brain injury on vision in children and its educational consequences. She is a Professor Emeritus of Special Education, San Francisco State University and co-author of Vision and the Brain: Understanding Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children. We are very excited to have her engage with our O&M community in Australasia.
  • SPEVI Online Conference, 18 – 20 January 2023. Further details including registration information can be located on the SPEVI website.

Job Vacancies

Have you looked at the Job Vacancies page on the OMAA website recently? Several new positions have been recently listed, including an exciting opportunity to lead a Clinical Services team! You’ll find position vacancies listed for various agencies and locations across Australasia, so remember to check it regularly.


  • Sound Source Sport is a new lightweight device which creates audio tones that provide directional cues for O&M, sound localisation training, or for playground games and sports.

Other news

  • Behind the Scenes of a Guide Dog’s Journey – Made by the producers of Bondi Vet, Born to Lead is a new documentary series offering unique insight into the lives of guide dogs, from birth to retirement. The first four episodes are out now, with new episodes released weekly.
  • Organisations supporting families with children with vision impairment have formed a new Paediatric Vision Impairment Alliance focused on advocacy at the policy level.
  • Cocky Guides launch new relaxed pace trips, designed for travelers who may be less mobile or who want to spend more time at each location.  Visit the Cocky Guides website to view all available tours.

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