9th Annual Gerard Crock Lecture a great successOctober 25, 2017
It was a wonderful night, commemorating the legacy of a great teacher, mentor and clinician, and celebrating with dear friends and colleagues.
The 2017 Annual Gerard Crock Lecture was held on Wednesday 25 October 2017 at the University of Melbourne’s Ian Potter Auditorium. This year the lecture was presented by Associate Professor Angus Turner, McCusker Director, Lions Outback Vision.
Dr Thomas Edwards kicked off the event with a short talk on retinal gene therapy. Founding CERA Director Professor Hugh Taylor AC then introduced A/Prof Turner, sharing stories of Angus’s early days as a trainee at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and his subsequent work in the Australian Outback.
A/Prof Turner’s talk “Eye care in the Wild West” was both fascinating and insightful. It drew on his experiences delivering eye care to remote and regional communities, and the associated challenges.
“How do you deliver best practice eye care to someone who lives 2,000 km away from the nearest major hospital? What if you had to wait 10 months to see a visiting specialist about your eyes, only to be told that yes, you need surgery, but there’s no time to do it this visit, you’ll have to wait another year?” A/Prof Turner said.
When A/Prof Angus Turner established Lions Outback Vision in 2010, this was the reality facing many West Australians in regional, remote and Indigenous communities. Together with a small but passionate team of eye health professionals, A/Prof Turner is utilising innovative technology such as telemedicine to deliver eye health care to thousands of people who would otherwise have fallen through the cracks.
The Gerard Crock Lecture series honours the memory of renowned ophthalmologist, the late Professor Gerard Crock, inaugural Ringland Anderson Professor of Ophthalmology. Special thanks to A/Prof Elizabeth Dax for inviting us to host the pre-lecture refreshments in the beautiful Dax Centre.
Audio and video recordings of the 2017 Annual Gerard Crock Lecture will be available in due course.