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 ACO National Conference 2015 

The ACO is delighted to announce its 6th National Conference to be held in Melbourne on 24 & 25 October 2015

For flyer and registration, ACO National Conference Registration Form




 CPD points

(attendance and assessment)

Optional Pre - conference Program

(conducted at the ACO, Carlton)  

Friday 23 October

09.30 am – 1.00 pm 

OCT – Introduction to technique 

Dr Adrian Bruce

Optional Pre - conference Program 

(conducted at the ACO, Carlton) 

Friday 23 October

1.30 pm – 5.00 pm  

OCT - Interpretation of data 

Dr Mei Hong Tan

Mr Roman Serebrianik


Saturday 24 October

8:15 am – 9:00 am 




9:00 am – 9:05 am        

Welcome address



9:05 am – 10:05 am 

MOORE STEPHENS Keynote address 1: Refractive Surgery for Keratoconus: Options that can now be discussed Outside the Cone of Silence   

Dr Sue Ormonde


10:05 am – 11:05 am

Nanomedicine: Little Solutions for Big Challenges

Prof Killugudi Swaminatha Iyer

11:05 am – 11:30 am



11:30 am – 1:20 pm       

The ACO - Serving the Community in many Special Ways


  • Homelessness
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Communities
  • Disadvantaged Children and Children with Disabilities

Mr Piers Carozzi

Dr Genevieve Napper

Dr Nellie Deen


1:20 pm – 2:00 pm




2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Dry Eye: Tear Jerkers and other Interesting Stories

Prof Eric Papas

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm         Rigid Gas Permeable Contact Lens Fitting: It is not that Hard   Dr Andrew Huhtanen  3
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm  AFTERNOON TEA     
4:30 pm – 5:50 pm        

Elective Session 1 (delegates choose either 1A or 1B)

  • 1A    Anterior Segment Surgery: Techniques that are on the Cutting Edge 
  • 1B    Neuro-ophthalmological Investigations: They need not be Headaches nor Nerve-wracking  Experiences

1A Dr Sue Ormonde


1B Dr Brent Gaskin

 1A - 4.5T 

 1B - 4.5

6:00 pm - 7:00pm

Book Launch : A History of Australian Optometry.  Two hundred years of beating the tyranny of distance and fighting political battles to find new roles and a new place in health care by Professor Barry Cole AO.

Drinks and nibbles provided.  Copies of the book available for purchase and signing.



Sunday 25 October        

7:45 am – 9:00 am

BREAKFAST SESSION –  The History of Medicine from an Ophthalmic Point of View: You are in for a Treat!


Dr  Lewis Levitz  3T
8:45 am – 9:00 am REGISTRATION DAY 2    
9:00 am – 9:05 am Welcome    
9:05 am – 10:05am   MOORE STEPHENS  The Bionic Eye Project: Engineering Innovative Solutions to Severe Visual Loss*  - Dr Penelope Allen  Dr Penny Allen
10:05 am – 10:30am  DESIGNS FOR VISION MORNING TEA   
10:30 am – 11:55 am

Symposium: Contact Lens Management - Solutions and Solutions

Mr Roman Serebrianik

Dr Eric Papas

Mr Russell Lowe


11.55 am- 12.55 pm    AMD Updates: Novel Ways to Halt the Shedding of Blood  Assoc Prof. Andrew Symons  3
12:55 pm – 1:45 pm BAYER LUNCH     
1:45  pm – 3:05 pm

Elective Session 2 (delegates choose either 2A or 2B)

  • 2A   Eyelid Bumps and Lumps: A Systematic Approach to Saving a Patient’s Skin
  • 2B   Corneal Transplant Surgery: Getting to the Depth of the Problem

2A -Dr Khami Satchi

2B - Dr Ben Connell

 2A - 4.5

 2B - 4.5T

3:05 pm – 3:35 pm BOC AFTERNOON TEA     
3:35 pm – 4:55 pm   Cataract Surgery: Implanting Some New Ideas in Our Minds Dr Sue Ormonde  4.5T
5:00 pm   CLOSE    


This conference will bring you:

  • the right mix of quality professional development
  • a varied program that explores optometry from many angles
  • International and Australian speakers will deliver presentations and facilitate forums that will keep you engaged, challenged and entertained 
  • the opportunity to network with other delegates
  • an outstanding venue 
  • a small number of displays by our industry partners who will serve you with personalised quality consultations
  • the ease of access to the venue


Cost: Early bird rate 25% discount  (until June 30 2015)

Conference Registration

ACO Member

Non ACO Member

CPD points

Full Conference Registration

Sat & Sun 24-5 October



43.5 CPD points 

Day Delegate Registration 

Sat 24 October 



22.5 CPD points (10.5T)


Day Delegate


Sun 25 October




21 CPD points (12T)


Major sponsor :  

Moore Stephens Logo-Original black with cyan line 56mm

Please visit our Sponsor page to see a full list of Conference Sponsors
Visit Melbourne:

Experience a great destination and world class city! Choose from high-end cuisine to amazing coffee, plays, festivals and blockbuster sporting events, all taking place across a city full of parks, gardens and historic architecture.