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Retina NZ AGM & National Conference Dunedin 2018

This year we're doing something different!

We've teamed up with VICTA and Otago Polytechnic to hold a Save Sight Symposium to be followed by our AGM.  The Save Sight initiative is in support of the NZ Association of Optometrists' Save Our Sight campaign which runs throughout September promoting eye health and public awareness of preventable blindness.

Where:  "The Hub", Otago Polytechnic H Block - Level 1, on the corner of Forth and Union Streets in North Dunedin.

When:  Saturday 8 September, starting with speakers from 10.00am.  Tea/coffee will be available from 9.30 am.

  • Retina NZ's AGM will start at 4.00pm.

Lunch provided.  For catering purposes, please ring us on 0800 569 849 - ext 1 or email

Morning speakers are ophthalmologists Dr Harry Bradshaw on preventable blindness, and Dr Emma Sandford on food for your eyes.

In the afternoon there are two parallel sessions from 1.00 to 2.30pm.  One is on adaptive technology, the other consists of 5 or 6 quick talks introducing ideas from people you can talk to at their exhibitor display stands.

This will be followed by a session on Youth, Age, and the Digital Divide.  All welcome!

Retina International World Congress 2018

Being part of this was a unique experience in optimism and inspiration – an experience generated by bringing together some of the world’s foremost retinal scientists and clinicians along with leaders in patient advocacy and peer support.

Our March 2018 Newsletter, now archived on our Newsletter page, contains a range of members' perspectives on the Congress.

You can read about the speakers here.

Retina NZ AGM & Conference Auckland 2017

Our 2017 AGM & Conference was held in Auckland on 26 August at the Quality Hotel Conference Centre in Parnell.

As well as the presentations from our guest speakers, we launched the NZ Low Vision Handbook, developed from our Blue Book.

Dr Mary Butler (Otago Polytechnic Occupational Therapy School) gave a report on the lighting project she had been working on, and brought along the LUX-IQ lighting tool for participants to try out.

Keri McMullan gave an insightful account from the Low Vision Simulation research project - an invaluable framework for low vision groups as we strive to raise awareness and understanding. A downloadable copy of Keri's paper will be available shortly on our Research page.

Next was a stimulating session with Dr Gretchen Good and Dr Suzanne Phibbs, both from Massey University, on the experiences of vision-impaired people during the Christchurch earthquakes, and our ability to cope in any disaster.

Hannah Kerston gave an enthusiastic update on the 2018 International Congress and the world-class speakers who will be coming.  Associate Professor Andrea Vincent was responsible for the scientific content, and she has put together an exciting programme with speakers from Europe, USA, Australia and NZ.  Information about the Congress speakers is on the Congress Website.

More reports from our AGM & Conference are in our September 2017 edition of Retina NewZ.

To read brief reports from other recent Conferences Click here.

Regular Meetings

In several locations VIP (Visually Impaired Persons) Groups get together regularly for companionship, support, and practical tips on getting along with low vision.

Tauranga usually meets at 10.30 am till 12 noon on the first Saturday of the month in the Okahukura Room at the Tauranga Library.  Contact: Sara (07) 577 6526.

Kapiti meets at 1.30 pm on the 3rd Monday of each month in the Kapiti Community Centre at Paraparaumu. Contact: Elizabeth (04) 299 1800.

Waikanae normally meets at 1.00 pm on the first Monday of each month in the Pop-In Centre, Mahara Place. Contact: Sue (04) 293 5174.

Newlands normally meets at 1.00 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Newlands Community Centre. Contact Gael: (04) 970 3575.

Dunedin meets at 1.30 - 3.00 pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month (except December) at Dunedin Public Library, 4th Floor, Dunnington Suite.  Contact: Lynley (03) 4877 686.

Retinal photographs on this website are courtesy of the New Zealand Association of Optometrists. Other photographs in our page headers are courtesy of the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health.