Honours and Awards

Orthoptics Australia recognises the services and achievements of its members through its Honours and Awards system.

Information regarding eligibility criteria, nomination processes and past award recipients are provided below.

Zoran Georgievski Medal

The Zoran Georgievski Medal commemorates the life, professional career and outstanding commitment to the profession of orthoptics by   Zoran Georgievski (1992-2011).

The Zoran Georgievski Medal is an award which recognises a member of Orthoptics Australia for their substantial contribution to furthering the profession of orthoptics in one or more of the following areas:

  • Promoting the practice of orthoptics through professional service;
  • Demonstrating excellence in mentoring orthoptic students in education and training, professional and personal development and career guidance;
  • Demonstrating innovation in service delivery;
  • Applying novel application of applied research methodologies to professional practice;
  • Demonstrating a positive impact on eye health delivery systems;
  • Developing creative educational programs for practice;
  • Developing novel or creative activities to advancement of orthoptics.

Eligibility

Members and fellows of Orthoptics Australia are eligible to receive the Zoran Georgievski Medal after 5 years of consecutive full-time membership. Nominees must demonstrate substantial contribution to furthering the profession of orthoptics in one of the areas listed above. Each applicant must be able to provide supporting documentation for their nomination.

Guidelines & Nomination Form

  Guidelines (PDF 97KB)
  Nomination Form (PDF 32KB)
  Nomination Form (Word 99KB)

Sponsor

Orthoptics Australia

Contact

Orthoptics Australia
Tel: 03 9857 9390
Fax: 03 9011 6237
Email: office@orthoptics.org.au

Past recipients

2016 Julie Barbour

2015 Sue Silveira

2014 Linda Santamaria
2013 Connie Koklanis
2012  Neryla Jolly  (Inaugrual Recipient)

Mary Wesson Award

Miss Mary Wesson D.B.O. (T) was a British orthoptist who had a great affinity with Australian orthoptists and a respect for our professional ability and development. The Mary Wesson Award was established in 1983 following a generous donation from Miss Wesson. The Award aims to honour and remember OA members for their outstanding contribution to the orthoptics profession.

Members and fellows of the OA are eligible to receive the Mary Wesson Award. The specific contribution for which the award is granted may be in the field of either:

  • Education;
  • Research;
  • Administration;
  • Clinical practice; or
  • Comprising several of these areas of expertise.

The award may be given every 3 years at the discretion of the Council of the OA. The form of presentation is at the discretion of the Awards Committee.

Past recipients

2014 Mara Giribaldi
2011 Zoran Georgievski
2010 Elaine Cornell
2008 Julie Barbour
2004 Ann Macfarlane
2001 Heather Pettigrew
1998 Not awarded
1995 Margaret Doyle
1992 Kerry Fitzmaurice
1989 Not awarded
1986 Neryla Jolly
1983 Diana Craig

Nominations

The name and supportive documentation of any member or fellow to be proposed should be sent to the Awards Convenor. Documentation should include:

  • Supportive evidence in the area/areas mentioned above; and
  • Curriculum vitae of the proposed person.

Proposers are responsible for the presentation of the nominee’s case as the Awards Committee will present this information to the Council of the OA and it is on this presentation that the decision depends.

For more information about this award, contact our office on +61 3 9857 9390 or email at office@orthoptics.org.au

Pat Lance Lecture

The Patricia Lance Lecture is presented by a person ‘eminent in the field of vision.

The Patricia Lance Lecture was inaugurated in 1988, following a decision by the Council of the OA in the previous year. The lecture is presented at the Orthoptics Australia Annual Scientific Conference by invitation by the Council of the OA.

Background Information

Patricia Mary Lance completed her training in orthoptics in 1941 at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, the second year the training course was offered in NSW.

Patricia Lance was a foundation member of the OA and among other positions, held that of President for a record 6 terms of office. She contributed regularly at Annual Scientific Conferences and in subsequent years at International Orthoptic Association Congresses.

Patricia Lance helped develop the constitution of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) and became Australia’s first IOA Representative on the Council of Management. She was later elected to the Permanent Scientific Committee of the IOA.

In 1948, Patricia Lance was appointed Tutor Orthoptist at the Sydney-based training school, and in 1973 was appointed Head of School with the formation of the New South Wales College of Paramedical Studies (later renamed Cumberland College of Health Sciences). She held this position until her retirement in 1987.

In 1969, Miss Lance was made an Honorary Member of the OA in recognition of her outstanding contribution to both the orthoptic profession and the Association. This award was later converted to Fellow of the OA.
Patricia Lance’s long and devoted service to her profession was formally recognised in 1979 when she was awarded an MBE for services to health.

Past Presenters of the Patricia Lance Lecture

2016 Linda Santamaria

2015 Fiona Rowe

2014 Patricia Dunlop
2013 Sue Silveira
2012 Shayne Brown
2011 Neryla Jolly
2010 Dr John Crompton
2009 Dr Michael Coote
2008 Stephen Vale
2006 Dr Frank Martin
2005 Dr Kathryn Rose
1999 Kerry Fitzmaurice
1998 Pierre Elmurr
1997 Robin Wilkinson
1995 Dr David Mackey
1993 Assoc Prof Judy Seaber
1992 Carolyn Calcutt
1990 Anne Fitzgerald
1989 Alison Pitt
1988 Elaine Cornell (Inaugural)

Paediatric Orthoptic Award

The Paediatric Orthoptic Award was established to commemorate the work and commitment to paediatric orthoptics of three orthoptists from Western Australia: Bev Balfour; Megan Lewis; and Alison Terrill. It is awarded to the best paediatric paper presented at the OA Annual Scientific Conference.

Eligibility

  • An orthoptist registered as an OA Member;
  • The submission may have been researched while the candidate was a student;
  • The paper can either be a sole author paper or a multiple author paper;
  • Where there is multiple authorship, only one author is eligible to submit and must provide proof of majority contribution;
  • Rapid fire presentations do not meet the eligibility criteria for this prize.

Sponsor

Orthoptics Australia

Past recipients

2016 Cem Oztan

2015 Lindley Leonard

2014 Nicole Carter
2013 Louise Brennan
2012 Jane Scheetz
2011 Suzy King
2010 Fiona Gorski
2009 Jody Leone
2008 Jody Leone
2007 Jody Leone
2006 Lindley Leonard
2005 Kate Brassington
2001 Monica Wright
2000 Melinda Syminiuk
1999 Valerie Tosswill

For more information about this award, please contact our office on +61 3 9857 9390 or email at office@orthoptics.org.au

Emmie Russell Award

The Emmie Russell Memorial Prize was initiated by Emmie Russell, one of Australia’s first and most highly regarded orthoptists. In order to encourage excellence in research among younger orthoptists, Emmie Russell initiated the prize in 1975. The award is presented to a graduate from one of the recognised Australian training schools for the best presentation at the OA Annual Scientific Conference. The presentation is judged on its value to the profession, scientific content and integrity, clarity and presentation.

Eligibility

An orthoptist registered as an OA Member;
A graduate of 5 years or less at the year of entry for the prize;
The submission may have been researched while the candidate was a student;
The paper can either be a sole author paper or a multiple author paper;
Where there is multiple authorship, only one author is eligible to submit and must provide proof of majority contribution;
Rapid fire presentations do not meet the eligibility criteria for this prize.

Sponsor

Orthoptics Australia

Past recipients

2016 Gareth Lingham

2015 Jessica Boyle

2014 Allanah Crameri
2013 Jessica Boyle
2012 Melanie Cortes
2011 Amanda French
2010 Alannah Price
2009 Amanda French
2008 Amanda French
2007 Thong Le
2006 Josie Leone
2005 Lisa Jones
2001 Monica Wright
1999 Anthony Sullivan
1998 Nathan Clunas
1994 Rebecca Duyshart
1993 Zoran Georgievski
1992 Rosa Cingiloglu
1991 Robert Sparkes
1990 Michelle Gallaher
1989 Lee Adams
1988 Katrina Bourne
1985 Cathie Searle
1984 Helen Goodacre
1983 Cathie Searle / Susan Horne
1982 Anne Fitzgerald
1981 Anne Fitzgerald

1980 Sandra Tait
1979 Susan Cort
1978 Anne Pettigrew
1977 Melinda Binovec
1976 Shayne Brown
1975 Vicki Elliott
1974 Francis Merrick
1973 Shayne Brown
1972 Neryla Jolly
1971 Elaine Cornell
1970 Barbara Denison
1969 Sandra Kelly
1968 Leslie Stock
1967 Sandra Hudson Shaw
1966 Gwen Wood
1965 Margaret Doyle
1963 Madeleine McNess
1962 Adrienne Rona
1961 Ann Macfarlane
1960 Ann Macfarlane
1959 Marion Carroll
1957 Margaret Kirkland

For more information about this award, contact our office on +61 3 9857 9390 or email at office@orthoptics.org.au

J Ringland Anderson Prize

This prize is awarded annually by  Orthoptics Australia to the student who gains the highest marks for the orthoptic components during the final two years of their qualifying program.

Eligibility

Student undertaking the Bachelor of Health Sciences / Master of Orthoptics or Master of Orthoptics (Latrobe University).

Sponsor

Orthoptics Australia

Past recipients

2013  Ern Yong Lim
2012 Rosanne Cahill
2011 Nicola Dalton
2010 Selina Webb
2009 Katrina Lee
2008 Fiona Richter
2007 Karen Zhang / Nicole Mocnay
2006 Josephine Leone
2005 Lisa Jones
2004 Bonnie Tocchet
2003 Olivia Cera
2002 Michael Sleep
2000 Elizabeth McCamish
1999 Jassy Sassine / John Varvarigos
1998 Nerissa Bielenberg
1997 Fleur O’Hare
1996 Michelle Brackin
1995 Lindsey Criddle
1994 Nicholas Jones
1993 Colleen Wilkinson
1992 Karen Mill

1991 Zoran Georgievski
1990 Debbie Hilson
1989 Andrea Farmer
1988 Lucina Benich
1987 Joanna McLaughlin
1986 Tanya Phillips
1985 Terry Couper
1984 Moira Tangney
1983 Mimi Leung
1982 Gail Howey
1981 Helen Wan
1979 Jane Sullivan
1978 Anne Romsbottom
1977 Ellen Boag
1976 Kaye Ferraro
1975 Sally O’Donnell
1974 Linda Santamaria
1972 Jo Engwerda

Contact

The Scholarships Unit
Division of Academic Services
La Trobe University, Victoria 3086
Phone: (03) 9479 5075
E-mail: scholarships@latrobe.edu.au

Leonie Collins Prize

The Leonie Collins Memorial Prize is awarded to the most outstanding final year student presentation at the La Trobe University Annual Orthoptic Clinical Education Conference.

Eligibility

Student undertaking the Bachelor of Health Sciences / Master of Orthoptics or Master of Orthoptics (La Trobe University) presenting at the Orthoptic Clinical Education Conference.

Sponsor

Orthoptics Australia (Victorian Branch)

Past recipients

2013 Kirby Symes/Samuel Fielding
2012 Jane Scheetz / Joanna Tsikkou
2011 Ashleigh Rigoni
2010 Lucy Dobson / Patricia Zelazny
2009 Rebecca Page
2008 Emily Caruso / Theresa El-Alam
2007 Thong Le / Tin Nguyen
2006 Naomi Hennessey

Contact

The Scholarships Unit
Division of Academic Services
La Trobe University, Victoria 3086
Phone: (03) 9479 5075
E-mail: scholarships@latrobe.edu.au

Diana Craig Prize

This memorial prize commemorates the contribution of Diana Craig to orthoptics and is awarded by the Orthoptics Australia (Victorian Branch) for the most outstanding research thesis undertaken in the orthoptics honours program.

Eligibility

Students undertaking the Honours program of the Bachelor of Health Sciences / Master of Orthoptics or Master of Orthoptics (La Trobe University) degree.

Sponsor

Orthoptics Australia (Victorian Branch)

Past recipients

2013 Ern Yong Lim
2011 Zanobia Ujjainwala
2010 Rebecca Moorhead
2009 Katrina Lee
2007 Thong Le
2006 Lisa O’Connell
2005 Lisa Jones
2004 Bonnie Tocchet
2003 Adrienne Hall
2002 Pam Garoufalis
2001 Brent Hewitt
1999 Fleur O’Hare
1998 Suzane Vassallo
1997 Konstandina Koklanis
1996 Lindsey Criddle / Suzanna Talevski
1995 Chi Dzung Luu
1994 Karen Mill
1993 Catherine Beaton

Contact

The Scholarships Unit
Division of Academic Services
La Trobe University, Victoria 3086
Phone: (03) 9479 5075
E-mail: scholarships@latrobe.edu.au

The John Pockley/Patricia Lance Prize

This prize was awarded to the student with the highest general proficiency demonstrated in the Bachelor of Applied Science Orthoptics.

This prize was awarded from 1992 – 2008.

Past recipients

2008    Aminah Hamdoun
2007    Wing Yang Chow
2005    Elaine Chan
2004    Anthony John Lehner
2003    Hewida Took
2002    Johnny Mrljak
2000    Liliana Makowski
1999    Monica Agius
1993    Alexandra Harris
1992    Joanne Kirsty Mitchell

The Patricia Lance Prize

This prize was established in 2004 by donations from friends and colleagues of Patricia Mary Lance MBE DOBA (died 2003). The prize was awarded annually to the student enrolled in Clinical Studies IV who demonstrated the greatest proficiency in clinical practice.

This prize was awarded from 2005 – 2008.

Past recipients

2008    Amanda French and Melanie Lai
2007    Katrina Rogers
2005    Heyem Metlej

The Lance/Jolly Prize

This prize was initially established in 2004 as the Patricia Lance Prize, by donations from friends and colleagues of Patricia Mary Lance, MBE. In 2012, additional funds were contributed to the prize by Neryla Jolly on her retirement after over 40 years of service to orthoptic education. During this time the name of the prize was changed to the Lance/Jolly Prize. Both Miss Lance and Mrs Neryla Jolly held the position of Head, School of Orthoptics, at Cumberland College of Health Sciences and University of Sydney, respectively.

From 2016, this prize is awarded annually to the student with the highest average mark in the orthoptic course at the Graduate School of Health, University of Technology Sydney.

Past recipients

2014    Devica Apriyani
2013    Nicole Carter