Deakin Optometry Student Society

optometry students


Annual Events

Guest Speaker Night

The Guest Speaker Night is an academic event that provides the opportunity for education and networking to students. This event is held annually and we invite several well-known and active members of the optometry industry from a broad range of practice and experience to give speeches on possible career directions that students may wish to take in the future. Speakers come with experience with indigenous care, rural and remote optometry, and international aid.


Every year we aim to organise transport and refreshments for students wanting to attend annual conferences such as Southern Regional Congress (SRC) or ODMA. These conferencea are an opportunity for students wanting to further explore their learning in vision science and optometry.

Here is a list of continuing education events


September 2013

2nd- First Monday of every month drinks at Edge

18/19th- Eyeroll bowling night

20th- NOMAD speaker night

30th - Annual General Meeting to elect the 2014 Committee
Interested in joining DOSS? Don’t miss out the opportunity
If you think you will make a great member
Pizza and soft drinks will be provided on the day


Oct 10th Eye Scream Halloween Ball
The end of trimester 2 Party will be Halloween themed!
Fun social event! Perfect opportunity to farewell the 2013 DOSS committee and welcome in the new members one.
Cost: $15 DOSS member $20 Non-DOSS members

3rd - World sight day fundraiser at university. Carnival Afternoon with BBQ and activities.
Look out for delicious food, sumo wrestling, golf, Frisbee, apple bobbing, awesome fun with Deakin staff and much much more!

19th/ 20th Australian College of Optometry Annual Conference

1st August 2013

1s t Optometry Movie Night at Reach Lecture theatre
Movie night was an absolute blast! Students dressed in their comfy pj’s enjoyed delicious pizza , lollies and drinks alongside an entertaining movie.

5th First Monday of every month casual drinks @ Edge

12th - Bionic Eye Talk at Federation Square

21st - Student Australian College of Optometry Welcome Night
Come along to the Student Welcome Night at the Australian College of Optometry (ACO).
Time: 5pm
Cost: Free!
Please RSVP to for catering purposes.
Transport: Student are required to organise transport to and from the college. Public transport services are available.
Where: Level 1, ACO Carlton.

Facebook Event: click here to go to the event on facebook.

28th- World Glaucoma Week

5-7th - Australian Vision Convention
Australian Vision Convention (AVC), Gold Coast Convention Centre. Info: Marika MacKenzie on (AUS) 07 3839 4411

1st/3rd - Southern Regional Congress (SRC)
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, VIC
Info: Phone (AUS) 03 9652 9100

5-7th- ODMA
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Qld.
Info: Contact the event organisers on (AUS) 02 9452 7575

10th World Sight Day

19th/ 20th Australian College of Optometry Conference
Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne on 19 & 20 October
For more info about the ACO conference click here

Proposed Events

These are the proposed events for the next 12 months:

17th - Amazing Race Around Geelong - DATE TBC
Aimed to be a fun and unique opportunity for 1st and 2nd year Optometry Students to meet and mingle.

28th - World Glaucoma Week Talk - TBC
An afternoon tea and talk from ophthalmologist Dr Andrew Narita about Glaucoma and its implications on the community.

9th and 12th - Tour of the Guide Dog Facilities and Morning Tea.
A fun event to learn more about low vision issues and opportunities, specifically focusing on the assistance Guide Dogs can provide for people with low vision or who are blind.

2nd - Trivia Night
Fun social event for all year levels to mingle and be tested on their trivia knowledge.

20th - Independent Optometry Night
A night aimed at hearing from optometrists involved in independent practices to learn about different career opportunities.

5th - End trimester 1, 2013 Party
Fun social event to celebrate the conclusion of Trimester 1 2013

25th - Annual DOSS Guest Speaker Night
The second annual Guest Speaker Night held to provide information to students about lesser known optometric opportunities. This year we hope to have a Locum optometrist, an optometrist involved in overseas aid and an optometrist from an indigenous community.

8th - Inaugral Health Ball
The inaugural Health Ball is a ball held in Melbourne in conjunction with other Deakin Health Societies such as Nursing and Psychology. A great opportunity to meet other health students and make unique contacts in the allied health industry.

20th - Sports Night
A fun social event with the specific sports yet to be decided; possibly barefoot bowls or an indoor sports tournament.

23rd - Annual General Meeting and festivities
DOSS’s Annual General Meeting to elect the 2014 committee with a BBQ and drinks to follow.

19th/ 20th - Australian College of Optometry Annual Conference

10th - World Sight Day Fundraising
On and leading up to World Sight day we will be holding some fundraising events for Optometry Giving Sight.

3rd - End of Trimester 2 Party
End of trimester 2 party aimed to be a fun social event and the perfect opportunity to farewell the 2013 DOSS committee and welcome in the 2014 one.

No events due to exams and trimester break

1st - Theme Park Geelong Trip
A social event for welcoming in the holiday season at the local Geelong Adventure Park.

Events yet to be confirmed

Orientation Camp

The Orientation Week Camp will be held over 2-3 days at a location yet to be decided and will be an excellent opportunity for students to meet each other and network as well as provide opportunities to develop contacts and become familiar and comfortable one another at the very beginning of the course. It will also allow for first year students to form friendships and bonds with second year students allowing for a smoother transition from high school to university life. This type of event will be critical in developing team based and communication skills that will be vital in future study and work. The camp will be an excellent opportunity for your company to receive exposure to a highly receptive cohort of new and existing optometry students and will give you a huge chance to be able to market and inform students of employment opportunities.


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12th September 2013