Jillian graduated from QUT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry with Distinction. Following graduation, Jillian began her residency at the Australian College of Optometry, which allowed her to focus on her areas of interest, particularly specialty contact lens fitting and ocular pathology. Jillian has completed two postgraduate Specialist Certificates through the University of Melbourne in the Management of Contact Lens Patients and Management of Pediatric Patients, and has an Associate Diploma through Trinity College (London) in Speech and Drama. Jillian also has provided clinical skills teaching through Deakin University pre-clinic and has assisted with managing patients from the RVEEH keratoconus clinic at ACO.
Jillian has also worked with the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Northern Territory communities, and travelled to Vanuatu in 2015 following Cyclone Pam to aid the Vanuatu Prevention of Blindness project. Originally from the far north, Jillian loves any opportunity to escape cold Melbourne in winter and return to sunny Queensland.
Unusual/Interesting Hobby: Sewing. I make some of my own clothes!
Coffee or Tea: Coffee Addict
Favourite Quote: "Kindness is the langauge which the deaf can hear and the blind can see" - Mark Twain
What did I do in 2017?
In April, I was an invited speaker at the Australian Vision Convention on the Gold Coast, where I presented two lectures entitled “Paediatric aphakic contact lens fitting” and “Unusual contact lens cases”. This conference is held every year in Queensland with over 450 optometrists from around Australia participating in workshops, presentations and networking opportunities.
In May, I attended the Southern Regional Congress (SRC). This is the biggest optometric conference in Australia and it is held each year in Melbourne. This year there were over 800 delegates who were treated to some excellent lectures from both local and overseas speakers. I coincidentally was the session coordinator for Richard’s presentation and reported all delegates were listening intently.
In June, I was also an invited speaker at North Queensland Vision conference in Cairns, where I presented on two topics including “Paediatric aphakic contact lens fitting” and ‘The management of corneal graft rejection and failure”. North Queensland Vision is held close to my home town and is an intimate conference with delegates who attend from across Australia and New Zealand.
In July, I gave a presentation for Optometry Australia to recent optometry graduates entitled “Making hard contact lenses easy”. In my lecture, I covered many aspects of rigid contact lens fitting, including spherical, toric and keratoconic fitting.
In August, I attended the Tasmania Lifestyle Congress which has a bit of a reputation for being a boutique conference with strong clinical content, complemented by an enjoyable social program, high quality Tasmanian food and wine, and excellent opportunities for delegates to meet exhibitors and try new equipment. I particularly enjoyed the conference dinner which was held at Mona!
In October, I went to the Northern Territory with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and undertook eye testing in the remote aboriginal communities of Canteen Creek and Epenarra. These communities are approximately 210km south-east of Tennant Creek (120km of which is unsealed road). As such, access to the Community is variable, depending on weather conditions. The population is approximately 200 and these communities are serviced only by visiting health practitioners which only visit a few times per year.
In December, I was a co-author with Richard and Andrew of a paper entitled “Find something new with a change in view: Axial versus Tangential maps” that was published in Optometry Australia’s Pharma magazine.
I am also on a couple of committees which keeps me busy throughout the year. Early Career Optometry Victoria (ECOV) is a committee of Optometry Victoria that was formed in 2015 to provide further support, mentorship and ongoing education to Optometry Students and Optometrists who have graduated within ten years. I am part of this committee which helps to organise regular events, career workshops, provide advice for professional development and networking opportunities for early career optometrists.
I am is also on the committee of the Victorian Chapter of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA). The CCLSA just recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and it is a group dedicated to improving the prescribing and fitting of contact lenses in Australia. The CCLSA encourages a sense of solidarity in the eye care industry by educating members, hosting conventions and lectures, and providing facilities for scientific research.