Otago Polytechnic

This symposium is an opportunity for professionals and lay people alike to expand their knowledge of eye health.


SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER, 10.00AM TO 4.00PM
THE HUB, OTAGO POLYTECHNIC, CORNER FORTH STREET AND UNION STREET, DUNEDIN
REGISTER BY EMAIL OR PHONE 0800 569 849 EXT 1


This one-day symposium is the outcome of a collaboration between Otago Polytechnic, Retina NZ and VICTA (Visual Impairment Charitable Trust Aotearoa). The organising committee has been chaired by Dr Mary Butler, a Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic. Attendance is free but registration is required for catering purposes (lunch is provided).

In the morning, ophthalmologist Harry Bradshaw will speak on the three main causes of preventable vision loss, and Emma Sandford, a physician qualified in the medical treatment of eye disorders, will discuss eye health and nutrition.

The messages in Emma’s keynote address will be reflected in the delicious lunch - and in the accompanying recipe and information booklet.

Participants will have the opportunity to browse around the stalls, including a display by Information Technology students of app development work they have been doing to help with eye health screening.

After lunch participants can attend a workshop, or a series of short talks, running in parallel from 1 to 2.30pm.

  • The 90 minute workshop, presented by Matt Rudland of the Blind Foundation, will tackle the challenges of making technology accessible for people with low vision.
  • Topics for the short talks include: computer vision syndrome, lighting for low vision, vision screening for teenagers, e-bikes and mobility scooters, moving well with low vision, how brain injury can affect vision, and introducing people with vision loss to online shopping. Presenters of the short talks include Dr Mary Butler and Occupational Therapy students.

To round off the day, at 2.45pm, a lively collection of Dunedin’s most articulate and opinionated citizens (some venerable, some youthful) will debate the topic: “Not waving but drowning: keeping our heads above the digital flood” with Mark Henaghan, Dean of  Law at the University of Otago, in the Chair.


Published on 7 Aug 2018

Orderdate: 7 Aug 2018
Expiry: 9 Sep 2018