Alumni Evening: 16 November 2016

Wednesday, 16 November, 2016 - 17:15


We are fortunate in November to have the pleasure of hosting two Alumni continuing education evenings. This second evening, on the 16th November has the theme of communication between clinicians for the benefit of our patients, with an emphasis on referral quality, appropriateness and timing. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Derek Dunstone, who will speak on the “Good, bad and the ugly – what can be learned from an audit of UK optometric referrals”. This will be followed by presentations from two higher degree research students, Mr Terry Ho and Mr Thomas Eze on their work in auditing appropriateness of eyecare delivery in Australia and the timing of referrals from the patient viewpoint.  There will be a panel discussion following.

We hope you will join us for this second Alumni evening in November. Please come early, partake of the refreshments, enjoy conversation with friends, colleagues and staff before settling in for an informative and entertaining evening on optometry practice and referrals.
The schedule for the events is below:

Title: UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science Alumni Continuing Education Evening – Audit of optometry practice – referral quality

When:  Wednesday 16th November, 2016

Where: Rupert Myers Theatre, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Kensington Campus (enter Gate 14, Barker Street)


5:15 - 5.50 pm:  Registration / Light Refreshments - UNSW Optometry Clinic

5:50 – 6:00 pm:  Official Welcome and Address – Professor Fiona Stapleton

6.00 – 6.40 pm:  Keynote: Dr Derek Dunstone:

The Good, Bad and the Ugly – what can be learned from an audit of UK optometric referrals            

6.40 – 7.10 pm:  Presentation: Mr Terry Ho

Measuring the quality of preventative eye care delivery in optometry clinics: a pilot feasibility study        

Presentation: Mr Thomas Eze

Optimising timing of referral to low vision rehabilitation services, the patient viewpoint

7.10 – 7.25 pm: Panel Discussion: Speakers

-       Why were optometrists used to audit referrals rather than ophthalmologists?

-       Were the outcomes of patients that were seen within eye clinics investigated?

-       Was referral quality different for optometrists from different practice types?

-       How can optometrists improve their practice based on what has been learned today?

-       Why is the patient viewpoint important

7.25 – 7.30 pm: Closing comments – Professor Fiona Stapleton 

RSVP Essential:

Enquiries may be directed to (02) 9385 4943.          

CPD points approved: 3 points


MORE ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS – 16 November 2016

Dr. Derek J. Dunstone

Derek Dunstone has worked in his own independent practice  since 1991. He is a College of Optometrists Examiner, Assessor and OSCE Development Team member (writing and editing examination questions). He is also an Associate Adviser to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and active Local Optometric Committee member. He was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Optometry in July 2014 from Aston University, having successfully completed a programme of research and post-graduate learning.

Abstract of presentation: “The Good, Bad and the Ugly – what can be learned from an audit of UK optometric referrals”

This lecture will outline why and how an audit was conducted of referrals made by optometrists in Suffolk, UK. An inspection and quality grading was made of 462 referrals submitted by 182 optometrists. Additionally the outcomes of 3521 referrals was investigated. The results are summarised and key messages of what can be learned explained, including common important omissions. Tips of the most important information to include within a cataract referral are listed. How an individual optometrist can audit their own referrals will be outlined. Finally. Examples of ‘good’, ‘bad’ and ‘ugly’ referrals will be shown.

Mr. Terry Ho

Terry is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Isabelle Jalbert and Prof. Fiona Stapleton on research measuring eye care quality via records audit. He graduated inOptometry from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008 and obtained the Master of Optometry from UNSW in 2014. Before commencement of PhD studies, Terry practised as an optometrist in a corporation, a referral optometry clinic, as well as managed an independent practice in Hong Kong.

Abstract of presentation: “Measuring the quality of preventative eye care delivery in optometry clinics: a pilot feasibility study”

Using medical practitioner and hospital records review, the CareTrack study found a wide range of appropriateness of healthcare delivery, across all conditions in Australia. Seventy-five percent of primary eye care in Australia is performed by optometrists yet little information exists on the quality of eye care delivery in optometric practices. This study tested the feasibility of clinical record review in optometry practices using a set of purposely developed care indicators. This presentation will explain the results of the pilot study, during which 94 clinical records from 2013-2014 were randomly selected from the UNSW optometry clinic and two independent practices and reviewed against a set of eight proposed preventative eye care indicators, including 29 sub-indicators.  Non-standard record-keeping, abbreviations and legibility of records were some of the difficulties encountered in the pilot study.

Mr. Thomas Eze

Thomas is currently studying a Master of Science research degree under the supervision of Dr. Mei Ying Boon and Dr. Isabelle Jalbert. He qualified as an optometrist from ABIA State University, Nigeria, and has worked as a medical officer in the ophthalmology department of the Annunciation Specialist Hospital, Nigeria, and in the optometry department of the Ministry of Health in Ebonyi State Nigeria.

Abstract of presentation: “Optimising timing of referral to low vision rehabilitation services, the patient viewpoint”

Globally, visual impairment is increasing in prevalence with over 285 million people estimated to be visually impaired. Despite the immense benefits of Low Vision Rehabilitation (LVR) services to people with low vision, access and uptake to LVR services remains low. The optimal timing of access to LVR services may improve uptake of the services. This study used semi-structured interviews to explore issues pertaining to the timing of access to LVR services by patients who had accessed those services. This presentation will focus on present the key themes raised by patients of the UNSW low vision clinic and clients of orientation and mobility services, which may assist clinicians to better time their referrals to LVR services.