Legal Protection While Practicing
Avoid getting into hot water! Learn tips and tactics at our next live webcast - Tuesday 13th November
Optometry Australia is presenting a new live webcast titled: Legal Protection While Practicing. This event is free for all members and will be held on 13th November at 7.30pm AEDT. Optometry Australia’s Chief Clinical Officer Luke Arundel will present along side experienced private practitioner and current National President of ACBO, Steve Leslie. They will be joined by optometrists and lawyer Jane Duffy, who has served for nearly a decade on the Optometry Board of Australia and chaired its Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee.
Mr Simon Hanna – Optometry Australia’s Professional Development and Clinical Policy Manager
Stephen Leslie is in private practice in Western Australia, where he concentrates on care of vision and ocular problems related to health issues, or subsequent to acquired brain injuries following stroke, head trauma, and neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinsonian conditions. He served as National President of the Optometrists’ Association of Australia (OAA) 1991-1992, and as a National Councillor of the OAA for 15 years, and was awarded life membership of the OAA (WA) in 1997. He is currently National President of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry (ACBO). He is regularly called on to provide medicolegal reports for police and lawyers regarding clients who have suffered head injuries due to motor vehicle accidents, falls or assaults, as well as expert opinions in medicolegal issues involving optometrists.
Jane has qualifications in optometry and law and has practised in both professions. She combines work in the School of Medicine at Deakin University with work in private optometry practice. Jane served on the Optometry Board of Australia for 9 years and chaired its Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee. Prior to that she was the foundation executive officer of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. In 2014, her contributions to the profession of optometry were acknowledged with an Order of Australia medal.