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APCO GDM

Presentation - APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1
Asia Pacific Council of Optometry   General Delegates Meeting
Date:  18th June 2021 (Friday)    11.30 am – 1.30 pm AEST
 
Virtual as part of Optometry Virtually Connected 2021
 
Agenda
  • Introduction of Delegates 
  • Minutes of the General Delegates Meeting held on 17th June 2019 in Philippines
  • President’s Report 
  • Treasurer’s Report 
  • Membership Committee Report
  • Election of Executive Committee Members for 2021 & 2023
  • Any other Business

Hosted by Carly Lam & Peter Hendicott - the APCO GDM. 
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Optometry Virtually Connected Welcome Address, 2021

Presentation - Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
Optometry Virtually Connected will be opened on Friday 18 June 2021, at 14:00 AEST. 
(Please note the times reflected on the program will be adjusted automatically for your current time zone and location)

You will be warmly welcomed by Darrell Baker, President, Optometry Australia; Peter Hendicott, President, Asia Pacific Council of Optometry; Rochelle van Eysden, Chair, New Zealand Association of Optometrists, Jayesh Chouhan, President, Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board of New Zealand and Lyn Brodie, CEO, Optometry Australia.

Optometry Virtually Connected was created by optometrists for optometrists and we collectively wish you an inspiring and engaging conference that will provide you with not only valuable education but the opportunity to network with colleagues from throughout Australia and around the world. In staging OVC 2021, we wish to acknowledge that this meeting is being held on the traditional lands of Aboriginal and Indigenous people throughout our nation and we pay our respects to Elders both past, present and future.
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Keynote Address by Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Presentation - Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
This address is brought to you by Optometry Australia and Asia Pacific Council of Optometry.

Immediately after our welcome, Professor Sohail Inayatullah, an Australian academic and one of the world’s leading future studies researchers, will deliver our opening keynote address. 

Prof Inayatullah will share his observations about shifts in optometry and eye care that have occurred as a result of COVID not only in Australia but internationally. 
  • Did COVID create a seismic shift in clinical and patient care and emergent eye conditions, or did it just accelerate what was happening anyway? 
  • Has the use of advanced technology such as telehealth and AI in eye health, increased or remained static? 
  • What patterns have been observed globally? 
  • How can optometrists benefit and embrace these changes as well as emerging conditions? 
Prof Inayatullah, who worked with Optometry Australia to create its Optometry 2040 strategy – the roadmap for optometry evolution in Australia – will answer these questions and more. 

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15 Minutes Free Time Your Choice

Short Refreshment Break - Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
15 minutes free time available before the Optometry Virtually Connected presentation by keynote speaker, Dr Jim Thimons on Medical & Surgical Therapies in Anterior Segment Disease.
Have a quick refresh, have a look at the Exhibitor Booths or Who's Here before the presentation starts.
This is a 60 minute presentation presented by Keynote Dr Jim Thimons.   There are 10 optional MCQs available for this session as listed here, and again on the presentation page and also on the MCQ page.


Access timeframe:
The Optometry Virtually Connected platform will remain open until 20 September 2021 to support APCO and New Zealand delegates who wish to access live and on-demand webinars and MCQs. Optometry Australia members please access all Optometry Virtually Connected webinars and MCQs via the Optometry Australia Institute of Excellence.

Presentation Outline:
 A review of the latest advances in the field of anterior segment care available to the primary eye care practitioner and discuss the indications, contradictions and side effects of the newest pharmaceutical agents as well as the medical and surgical technologies that are leading us forward in eye care.  There are 10 optional MCQs available for this session as listed here, and again on the session information and also on the MCQ page.

Learning Objectives:
1.       Understand the latest technologies in Anterior Segment Therapy and their impact on patient care

MCQs
 
APCO and New Zealand delegates: MCQs are accessible by clicking on the MCQ link in the Assessment information below or you can also access them via the MCQ link in the blue menu bar. Please also see the FAQ page for answers to your questions on Optometry Virtually Connected's CPD program.

Duration: 1 Hour
Assessment: There are 10 MCQS with this presentation.
Max CPD Hours awarded: 1.5T
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30 Minute Break - Day 1

Break - 30 minutes - Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
This is a 30 minute break in the live accredited CPD sessions. Please take the time to visit the Exhibitor Booths or CXO Posters or if you are an Immediate or New Graduate and an Optometry Australia member, to meet with our President Darrell Baker and CEO Lyn Brodie in the Networking Rooms.
Make sure you return for the last presentation of Day 1 Optometry Virtually Connected.

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Networking Rooms Friday Opportunity 1

Networking Rooms - Day 1 - Networking Rooms
Immediate and New Graduates are invited to chat with Darrell Baker, Optometry Australia’s President and Lyn Brodie, CEO.  
With Networking Rooms restricted to 14 additional participants at any one time, this is your opportunity to spend some quality time with Darrell or Lyn and to ask them questions about their careers, their vision for the future of optometry, what to expect as an optometrist in Australia, career opportunities and benefits of membership – or any other subject of your choice.

Networking Rooms are ONLY visible during their allotted times so be sure to click the link only when the rooms are live. If the room is full, check back as people can leave at anytime and a space may become available.       
Click here for more information on the Networking Rooms throughout the weekend.
This is a 60 minute presentation by Associate Professor Lauren Ayton on The Future of Optometry.   There are 10 optional MCQs available for this session as listed here, and again on the presentation page and also on the MCQ page.

Access timeframe:
The Optometry Virtually Connected platform will remain open until 20 September 2021 to support APCO and New Zealand delegates who wish to access live and on-demand webinars and MCQs. Optometry Australia members please access all Optometry Virtually Connected webinars and MCQs via the Optometry Australia Institute of Excellence

Presentation Outline:
Advanced therapeutics such as gene therapy, stem cells and vision prostheses are rapidly developing, with commercial products now entering the market. At the same time, artificial intelligence is offering new possibilities for improving the diagnosis and monitoring of eye disease. Excitingly, many of these advances are targeted at patient groups typically managed by optometrists. As such, it is essential that we are aware of the upcoming possibilities, and understand what “The Future of Optometry” may look like.

Learning Objectives:
1.       Learn the basics of gene therapy, stem cell and vision prosthesis technologies, and be able to explain these in layman terms to patients.
2.       Understand the patient groups who may benefit from these new advanced technologies in the short to medium term.
3.       Understand the basis for artificial intelligence use in imaging analysis, and how this may benefit optometric and medical practice.

MCQs
 
APCO and New Zealand delegates: MCQs are accessible by clicking on the MCQ link in the Assessment information below or you can also access them via the MCQ link in the blue menu bar. Please also see the FAQ page for answers to your questions on Optometry Virtually Connected's CPD program.

Duration: 1 Hour
Assessment: There are 10 MCQS with this presentation as listed here, and again on the session information and also on the MCQ page.
CPD: 1.5T Hours
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15 Minutes Free Time Your Choice

Short Refreshment Break - Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
You have 15 minutes free time before the Optometry Virtually Connected Social Activity commences. Take this time for a quick refresh, to grab a drink and nibbles of your choice and get ready to join the magical fun online to round off Day 1 of Optometry Virtually Connected.
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Opening of the APCO E-Forum

Presentation - APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1
This APCO Live Stream is for invited APCO delegates only. 
Moderators: Professor Carly Lam, Professor Peter Hendicott & Professor Tuwani Rasengane

OVC delegates should ensure you are watching the Optometry Virtually Connected Live Stream by clicking on the Live Stream button at the top of your browser and selecting OVC.  

Professor Peter Hendicott, President of APCO
Professor Tuwani Rasengane, WCO Education Committee Chair 
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Teaching & Learning During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Presentation - APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1
Moderator: Prof Carly Lam, Dr. Jessica Neuville & Dr. Allen Cheong.

The coronavirus pandemic has necessitated a rapid transformation of teaching and learning in optometry. Lectures, laboratory session, clinical training, and assessments have all been impacted by the current situation. We will share some of the techniques and strategies used at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University during the pandemic and invite attendees to participate in polls to explore how optometric education has been impacted in the Asia Pacific region. We will also touch on how the current teaching models may influence the future direction of optometric education.

Presenters
  • Dr. Jessica Neuville, Hong Kong
  • Dr. Allen Cheong, Hong Kong
To close: Q & A 
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Join Us For Some Magic!

Social Activity - Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
Be mesmerised by a magical night of wonderment and be prepared to watch awe-inspiring magical tricks that may include you! 
Don’t be fooled that our magician is being beamed into your homes, or practice, because he will likely to be able to read your mind even if you are both thousands of miles apart. 

As a key member of The BlackTies, our magician is no stranger to performing virtually or in in a crowded auditorium.  The BlackTies are the #1 in-demand magicians in Sydney, performing for 300 events a year. It is their mission to make their audience laugh and have fun – and this is exactly what they do. 

We know you will enjoy this captivating 30-45 minute show – so settle back and be prepared to be amazed.



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Poll session #1

APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1
Watch this space... further information to follow for the APCO Poll Questions. 
Moderators: Professor Carly Lam & Professor Peter Hendicott

Polling Questions for Polling Session 1
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Day 1 Conference Close

Day 1 - Lecture Room 1
The end of the Optometry Virtually Connected Social activity concludes Day 1 of Optometry Virtually Connected.
Thank you for joining us and we will see you tomorrow for Day 2 of Optometry Virtually Connected education and activities - look out for our Wellness / Yoga session before the conference commences.
Reset your mind and body before taking on Day 2 of Optometry Virtually Connected
Presentation - APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1
Moderators: Professor Peter Hendicott & Professor Carly Lam & Ben Hamlyn

Competency frameworks set out the expectations of what an optometrist is able to do.  The ability to show the skill and value of the optometrist in the health system enables advocacy to promote the evolution of the profession to match the needs and expectations of the community they serve.  As the health system, technology and community change over time so must the work optometrists do and the skills they possess.  Competency standards also reflect the professional and ethical expectations of a contemporary optometrist. Competency standards allow a pathway to improve the standing and respect of the profession with policymakers and other health professionals and are vital to provide the foundation of effective advocacy and promotion of optometry.
 
Presenter:
Dr. Ben Hamlyn, Australia
Moderator: Prof Peter Hendicott & Dr. Alexander Black & Dr. Shelley Hopkins

The professional competency standards provide an important framework for the expectations of optometry graduates as entry level practitioners. Therefore, it is essential that university optometry curriculums are aligned to these professional competency standards, to ensure that graduates have the knowledge, skills and attributes to meet these standards, as well as inform accreditation of these programs.  This presentation will discuss how Queensland University of Technology’s optometry curriculum has been aligned to these competency standards, with examples of how these standards are mapped to the specific learning objectives and assessment items for the units (subjects/courses) within the program. 

Presenters:
Dr. Alexander Black, Australia
Dr. Shelley Hopkins, Australia 
 
On-Demand Videos are available for the whole of the conference and afterwards so please watch at your leisure. On-Demand includes presentations from our Exhibitors and further information can be found on the On-Demand page & Exhibitor pages.
Your attendance online will be recorded and CPD allocated accordingly after Optometry Virtually Connected.

Recordings of the Live Sessions
If you are Optometry Australia member and missed any of the live lectures, you will be able to access these early next week. You will be able to watch the full lecture, answer the assessment questions, earn your CPD hours and access the resources. To access these courses from Monday 21 June, link coming soon and search for “Optometry Virtually Connected 2021”

On-Demand
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Poll session #2

APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1

Polling Questions for Polling Session 2
Presentation - APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1
Moderator: Prof Peter Hendicott & Professor Carly Lam & presenters;
  • Dr. Prudence Joy Cinco, Philippines
  • Professor Tuwani Rasengane, South Africa
  • Dr. Rita Sum, Hong Kong
  • Ms. Jessica Massie, Australia
  • Dr. Duratul Ain Hussin, Malaysia

The school plays an important role in inculcating the mindset of future optometrist in their role in Primary Eye Care. This talk is about the experience and practice of student clinical training at Cebu Doctors’ University – College of Optometry (CDU). How the faculty impart the importance of educating and training optometry students and the Optometrist role in the delivery of Primary Eye Care. In CDU, student engagement in their learning about Optometry is made through clinical exposures in both hospital- based and private clinics handling different types of patients under supervision of clinical Optometrist. The CDU training is a structured clinical program. Broad range of activities are made to hone students’ clinical skills wherein students participate in the patient clinical management, community extension and public heath activities, and student led research.
 
Presenter:
Dr. Prudence Joy Cinco, Philippines

Early detection and correction of eye and visual problems help to reduce visual impairment in children. Thus, enabling most children to grow into productive and capable citizens who will contribute to the economic development of their community. Primary care optometrists are often the first resource for the community in managing common paediatric eye and visual problems. In this presentation, clinical strategies for examining, prescribing and referral of paediatric patients will be discussed.
 
Presenter:
Professor Tuwani Rasengane, South Africa

Diabetic eye screening is well-known to be effective for blindness prevention. A systematic screening programme is launched in Hong Kong for all the diabetic patients in the primary care. Service outcome of a pilot community-based programme, training of optometrists and quality assurance system are important factors for developing a successful screening programme. This sharing will cover the development of the diabetic screening in Hong Kong.
 
Presenter: 
Dr. Rita Sum, Hong Kong

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects vulnerable populations such as children, ageing populations, people living with disabilities, and those living in remote areas ability to access optometry services. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to further inequities in accessing eye care services. The review explores the evidence surrounding the application of optometrist-provided care via telemedicine and presents opportunities to strengthen and expand the role of optometrists to deliver eye care via telemedicine.
 
Presenter:
Ms. Jessica Massie, Australia

A novel study was conducted in Malaysia to explore and investigate optometric service pathways in diabetic retinopathy screening and referral triaging from a public health context. Measured outcomes included were comprehensive; from the level of optometrists’ appraisal, patient care (clinical efficacy in diagnosis), patients’ access to eye-care, patients’ satisfaction, cost analysis, to the level of ophthalmologist appraisal. The study evidenced the strong clinical capability of optometrists who can provide eye-care services that are safe, accessible, cost-saving and yield high patient satisfaction. This evidence was used extensively in the advocacy work to convince policy makers to consider the expansion of eye services to public community clinics in Malaysia. Therefore, designing, framing, timing and presentation of research evidence to the dynamic stakeholders is essential in delivering the key message of the benefits of primary eye care to community and the healthcare system alike.
 
Presenter:
Dr. Duratul Ain Hussin, Malaysia

Q&A  (APCO e-Forum)
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Poll session #3 and meeting close

APCO e-Forum - APCO Meeting Room 1

Polling Questions for Session 3 & Close.