Diabetes and your role in eye care
This Webcast was held on Wednesday 19th September 
Optometry Australia is presenting a new live webcast titled: Diabetes and your role in eye care. This event is free for all members and will be held on Wednesday 19th September at 7.30pm AEST. Centre for Eye Health practitioner, and member of Optometry Australia’s Diabetes Clinical Guidelines working group, Paula Katalinic will present on Optometry Australia’s updated Guidelines on the Examination and Management of patients with diabetes. This will be followed by a panel discussion with practitioner Rowan Prendergast and optometrist and Diabetes Australia ambassador Amira Howari, who will cover different approaches to care (including holistic approaches) when dealing with patients who have diabetes. They will also discuss different models of care that you could consider for your practice.
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Rowan Prendergast
After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2002, Rowan has worked within independent and corporate optometry groups, as an employee, locum and employer. He completed his Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (ACO) in 2015. Since 2014, he has been the franchisee owner of OPSM Waurn Ponds in Victoria, with the practice being awarded Luxottica's Franchise of the Year in 2016. Since 2013, Rowan has been an adjunct clinical lecturer at Deakin University, and is currently a director on the board of Optometry Victoria. He has undertaken voluntary optometric work in East Timor, Tonga and the Kimberley.

Amira Howari
Amira Howari is a senior clinical optometrist, industry speaker and former Optometry Australia Councillor (NSW/ACT). Amira’s qualifications from The University of New South Wales include a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons), Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics and Masters of Optometry. Amira Howari has worked extensively in corporate, independent and pharmaceutical settings taking on the role of Professional Affairs Associate encompassing clinical and business roles. Amira has also worked at The University of New South Wales as a Clinical Supervisor and guest speaker, as well as Professional Affairs with an ophthalmology group in NSW/ACT where she founded the optometry PEACE conference- now in its eighth year running. Amira regularly speaks on public and industry platforms and freelance writes for industry publications. Having lived with type one diabetes for over 24 years, co-managed with ophthalmologists endocrinologists and diabetic nutritionists/educators- her passion in this area has seen Amira venture into educational and proactive roles with a number of institutions, health magazines, radio and public conferences as an Ambassador for Diabetes Australia.

Paula Katalinic
Paula is the Lead Clinician (Diabetes) at Centre for Eye Health, Sydney, and Professional Services and Advocacy Manager at the Optometry NSW/ACT. Her main clinical interest is in the early diagnosis of eye diseases, particularly retinal pathology and the application of advanced ocular imaging technologies. She has had a keen interest in diabetic eye disease throughout her career since working from 2000-2004 at Joslin Diabetes Centre's Beetham Eye Institute, Boston, where she was involved in a large scale diabetic retinopathy telemedicine program. She received her Bachelor and Master of Optometry degrees from The University of New South Wales and gained her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2008. She has also worked in both rural and urban optometric practice and as a Staff Optometrist in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW. Paula has spoken a numerous conferences and educational events both nationally and internationally.

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