Blog Post; March 2024

Upcoming Conferences 

Save the date for these two conferences, with more information to come.

2025 SPEVI conference, 13-15 January 2025, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane. Conference delivery: hybrid (both online and face to face.)

2025 OMAA Conference, 14-15 March 2025, Macquarie University, Sydney.

 

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

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.

 

Community of Practice Meetings

Our first meeting for the year was delivered on February 27 by the wonderful Jenny Black on the topic of Posterior Cortical Atrophy. If you weren’t able to join us for this deep dive into an ABI case study, the meeting recording is now available here. Please save the date for the next Community of Practice Meeting: Tuesday 30 April 2024.

 

Job Vacancies

Have you looked at the Job Vacancies page on the OMAA website recently? You’ll find position vacancies listed for various agencies and locations across Australasia so remember to check it out.

 

Inherited Retinal Disease Patient and Family Day, Sydney

A day designed for individuals and families living with an Inherited Retinal Disease to learn about current research and advanced therapies from experts in the field, connect with others, and share experiences.
When: Saturday 23rd March 2024, 9am to 4pm
Where: Aerial UTS Function Centre Building 10, Level 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo NSW
Cost: Free

Patients and families can register to attend here.

 

Technology

Sunu, makers of the Sunu Band mobility aid, have ceased operations. The product has been unavailable for some time and it will not return to market. If you are working with anyone who uses the Sunu Band, Sunu states that the app will continue to work. However, hardware repairs or replacements will not be possible.  Thank you to Ben Moxey from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT for this information.

 

Survey

Save Sight Institute invite you to complete a short survey for their upcoming Mentorship Initiative, starting in 2024.  This program aims to support, encourage, and educate youth and young adults with vision conditions, as they navigate through the education system and into the workforce. Whether you are a person with vision impairment, a parent, or educator, Save Sight Institute would love to hear your ideas and feedback on how this program can be shaped.

For more information please contact Lorraine Villaret
(02) 9382 7300
ssi.pcc@sydney.edu.au

 

Other News

A $2.9 million funding injection from the Federal Government will support the rollout of a new saliva-based genetic test for glaucoma in Australia.

Vision 2020 Australia has launched a new cross-discipline working group to bring together three of Australia’s national eye health professional organisations for a focus on collaborative care models in paediatric eyecare.

The Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and World Health Organization (WHO) have developed an app to allow people to test their vision from home.

Glaucoma Australia announces SiGHTWiSE, the new name of its patient support program.

Specsavers and Vision Australia in new low vision partnership.

Be My Eyes wins Best App in the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards, awarded by blind and low vision users of Apple products.   

In case you missed it, make sure you catch the brilliant mini-series adaptation of the bestselling novel ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr.  The Netflix adaptation was released in November 2023, and features talented blind actors. Read an LA Times review here.

 

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