Programs for the Southern Regional Optometrical Congresses 1969 and 1971

Catalogue Number: 3580
Programs for the Southern Regional Optometrical Congresses 1969 and 1971
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Conference programs, abstracts
Institution: Victorian College of Optometry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1969 and 1971
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Victorian College of Optometry
Description Of Item: (1) Program for the 1969 Southern Regional Congress, cream glossy paper A4 size with 2 folds folding to 96 x 221 mm.(2) Program for the 1971 Southern Regional Congress, cream matte paper with 3 folds folding to 96 x 220 mm.
Historical Significance: When Australian optometrists first formed professional associations beginning in 1904 there was early recognition of the need to keep informed about new developments, which had its expression with monthly meetings at which a lecture might have been given. See for example Cat No. 551. The NSW association also started a monthly journal the Optometrist of NSW in 1914, which became The Commonwealth Optometrist in 1919 after a national association was formed in 1918. There were no State or National Conferences of optometrists for specifically for the purpose of continuing education of Australian optometrists, except that a session or two was sometimes scheduled in conjunction with the national policy conferences held from 1918. The gap was filled by an optometry section in the annual conferences of the Australian Association for Advancement of Science beginning in 1939, with some hesitant earlier participation in earlier years from 1911. These meetings ended in 1984. The first congress specifically for optometrists was the Southern Regional Congress, initially jointly organised by the Victorian College of Optometry and the Victorian State Association and held every two years. The first SRC Congress was held in 1963 others followed at two year intervals. It continues today and is now annual and organised by Optometry Victoria. These two programmes are for early Southern Regional Congresses organised by and held in the Victorian College of Optometry in 1969 and 1971. Both are three days duration.
How Acquired: Donated by Ian Bailey, honorary life member of the College
Date Acquired: Mar 2018
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 8

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