Catalogue Number: 3599
Program and handbook of the 3rd Australian/international Optometrical Congress held in Bali and Singapore May 12 to 25, 1979
Sub-Category: Conference programs, abstracts
Association: Australian Optometrical Association
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1979
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne, Australia
Publisher/Manufacturer: Australian Optometrical Association
Description Of Item: Two items: (1) Program for the congress headed 'Visual Excitement' on the front cover, A4 size, two-fold 6 pages, printed in colour with a Balinese painting on the front, and colour photographs of Brian Leyland, National President of the Australian Optometrical Association and Damien Smith, Executive Director, who was the congress administrator, and the program in a colour chart, and (2) Handbook for the congress, A4 size booklet, glossy paper illustrated cover printed in colour, 32 pages with chart of program on the back, black and white photos of organisers and speakers. Profile of the 22 speakers are on pages 14 to 21, who include Jack Alexander, George Amigo, Ian Bailey, Leo Carney, David Cockburn, Barry Collin, Stephen Dain, John Elliott, Leon Garner, Brien Holden, Alan Johnston, Charles McMonnies, Donald Mitchell, John Nathan, Peter Taylor and Penrhyn Thomas plus several overseas speakers.
Historical Significance: The need for continuing education and for members of the profession to gather together regularly was not fully appreciated until the mid 1970s. Early CPE was confined to monthly lectures organised by the State association and attendance by small groups of activist optometrists at an optometry section of the Australia and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science commencing in 1926. There were sometimes education sessions organised in conjunction with the annual conferences of the State and national associations. The Australian College of Optometry started its systematically planned and diverse year-long CPE programs in 1975. The Australian Optometrical Association organised national congresses but not every year. The program for this congress in Bali and Singapore was the 3rd such congress. It was held in conduction with the 2nd Asian Pacific Optometric Congress. This material illustrates the awakening of the profession of the need for regular educational meetings. The material is also evidence of Australia reaching out to optometrists in the Asia-Pacific.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Mar 2018
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 8