Challenging Clinical Cases
This webcast was held on Tuesday 19th September, 2017
Optometry Australia is presenting a new live webcast titled: Challenging Clinical Cases. This event is free for all members and will be held on Tuesday 19th September at 7.00pm AEST. Sisters Helen and Lorraine Venturato will present on the best approach in dealing with a patient with Dementia and other aged conditions. Pharmacist and Psychology major Louise Edwards will discuss some of the intricacies and tips when testing a patient with a mental health disorder. The webcast will combine both informative presentations and an interview with academic Paul Constable, chatting to us about his experiences and advice around examining patients with autism. 6 CPD points will be available for this event with attendance and successful completion of assessment.
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Helen Venturato
Helen Venturato is an optometrist with over 30 years experience in the industry. She practiced in both corporate and small group settings, before opening an independent practice in Perth and specialized in contact lenses and sports vision. As the Professional Services Manager (ANZ) for Johnson and Johnson Vision Care and Essilor, she has directed and delivered education and training programs throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. In 2013, Helen returned to practice. In her capacity as a locum optometrist, she has worked in a wide range of practice setting and locations. She currently practices in Brisbane. In addition to her clinical practice, Helen also offers education programs for optometrists and practice staff, as well as business management consultancy. Helen has a BAppSc (Optom) from QUT, COT (ACO), an MBA and a PGrad Cert Sports Management.
Lorraine Venturato
Dr Lorraine Venturato is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and holds the Faculty of Nursing Chair in Gerontology. She is also co-leads the Hotchkiss Brain Institute’s Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Neuro-Team.

Dr. Venturato's passion for working with older people has led her to explore creative and innovative approaches to meeting the challenges that face older people and those who care for them. Her research program focuses on developing aged-friendly services and care systems, and a workforce prepared for working with older adults. Her clinical research focuses on quality of care and models of care for people living with dementia.
Paul Constable
Paul Constable studied optometry at the University of Melbourne and graduated in 1991. He then worked in London as an optometrist before completing his doctorate at City University London in 2007. In 2006 his son was diagnosed with autism and this began an interest in visual perception in autism. Paul began seeing children with autism in specialist schools and when he joined Flinders University in 2015 established an autism clinic for children and adults. He has written articles for professionals and parents and carers of individuals with autism for the National Autism Society (UK) and Optometry Australia as well as publishing articles in visual and cognitive function in autism.
Louise Edwards
Louise is a pharmacist who has also completed an undergraduate degree majoring in Psychology. Her thesis completed during her pharmacy degree researching interventions in mental health received First Class Honours and the University Medal. Louise has worked in a variety of pharmacies across Australia in different settings, also experiencing the lifestyle and influences whilst living in the community; from Perth suburban pharmacies, to years in a rural north Queensland pharmacy with considerations for a community with a large mining and military population, indigenous health issues, and issues surrounding rural health service delivery. Louise also worked in Melbourne in both a suburban pharmacy with a significant substance use disorder pharmacotherapy program and a large Melbourne private hospital based community pharmacy. She currently works for WA Poisons Information Centre at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as a Specialist in Poisons Information and as a Lecturer in Pharmacotherapy and Clinical Pharmacy at the School of Pharmacy, Curtin University, Western Australia. Louise has delivered Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training in WA, QLD and Victoria to groups including pharmacists and other pharmacy staff, occupational therapists, dentist and dental staff, education department employees, mining industry employees, human resource and occupational health and safety workers, tradespeople and the general public.
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