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 (Distinguished Service Medal)

Mary Wesson Award

Patricia Lance Lecture

Paediatric Orthoptic Award

Emmie Russell Award

J Ringland Anderson Prize

Leonie Collins Prize

Nicky Strang Prize

Diana Craig Prize

The John Pockley/Patricia Lance Prize

The Lance/Jolly Prize

The Orthoptics Australia Prize

 

Zoran Georgievski Medal (Distinguished Service 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: Zoran Georgievski Medal Guidelines     Zoran Georgievski Medal Nomination Form

Sponsor:  Orthoptics Australia

Contact:  Orthoptics Australia T: 03 9586 6080  F: 03 9586 6099   E: office@orthoptics.org.au

Past Recipients:  2019 Marion Rivers, 2018 Catherine Mancuso, 2017 Dr Meri Vukicevic, 2016 Julie Barbour, 2015 Sue Silveira, 2014 Linda Santamaria, 2013 Connie Koklanis, 2012 Neryla Jolly  (Inaugural 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

  • Comprising several of these areas of expertise.

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

Past Recipients: 2017 Keren Edwards, 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

  • 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.

Contact:  Orthoptics Australia T: 03 9586 6080  F: 03 9586 6099   E: office@orthoptics.org.au

 

Patricia 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

2019 Dr Myra McGuiness, 2018 Marion Rivers, 2017 Sandra Staffieri, 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 Terrell. 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:  2019 Navdeep Kaur, 2018 Renee Hernandez, 2017 Sarah Harkins, 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.

Contact:  Orthoptics Australia T: 03 9586 6080  F: 03 9586 6099   E: 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:  2019 Shanelle Sorbello, 2018 Premkumar Gunasekaran, 2017 Linden Chen, 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.

Contact:  Orthoptics Australia T: 03 9586 6080  F: 03 9586 6099   E: 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 Applied Science / Master of Orthoptics or Master of Orthoptics (La Trobe University).

Sponsor:  Orthoptics Australia

Past recipients:  2018 Elizabeth Leonard, 2016 Lachlan Wheelhouse Knight, 2015 Peter Mangiapane, 2014 Gareth Lingham, 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  T: (03) 9479 5075  E: 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 Applied Science / Master of Orthoptics or Master of Orthoptics (La Trobe University) presenting at the Orthoptic Clinical Education Conference.

Sponsor: Orthoptics Australia (Victoria Branch)

Past recipients:  2018 Minh Ong, 2017 Nevena Andric, 2016 Lachlan Wheelhouse Knight, 2015 Paula Freijah, 2014 Steven Lam & Kakeru Ode, 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  T: (03) 9479 5075  E: scholarships@latrobe.edu.au

 

Nicky Strang Prize

Awarded to the most outstanding final year student poster presented at the La Trobe University Annual Orthoptic Clinical Education Conference.

Eligibility:  Student undertaking the Bachelor of Applied Science / Master of Orthoptics or Master of Orthoptics (La Trobe University)

Sponsor: Orthoptics Australia (Victoria Branch)

Past recipients:  2018 Jon Luu

Contact:  The Scholarships Unit Division of Academic Services La Trobe University, Victoria 3086  T: (03) 9479 5075  E: 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 Orthoptic & Ophthalmic Sciences (Honours) (La Trobe University) degree. This prize was awarded from 1993 - 2013.

Sponsor:  Orthoptics Australia (Victoria 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  T: (03) 9479 5075  E: 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.

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, 1967 Deanne Croker (now Gilmore), 1966 Jane Massy-Greene (now Henderson), 1965 Fay Smith (now Clarke)

 

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: 2018 Georgia Rossettin, 2017 Shanelle Sorbello, 2016 Aida Zeric, 2015 Felicia Adinanto, 2014 Devica Apriyani, 2013 Nicole Carter.

 

The Orthoptics Australia Prize

The Orthoptics Australia Prize is awarded annually to the student with the highest overall mark in Professional Practice subjects in their final year of the Orthoptic course. One (1) recipient will be awarded the Prize each year.

Eligibility: The Recipients must:

  • have been a registered full-time postgraduate student in the Master of Orthoptics (C04299) in the year for which the award is made; and
  • be eligible for registration with the Australian Orthoptic Board.

Selection criteria: The Prize will be awarded to the student who received the highest cumulative mark in the subjects listed below.

  • Professional Practice 2 (96038), and
  • Professional Practice 3 (96075)

In the event that two students receive the same highest mark, the prize will be awarded to the student with the higher mark in Professional Practice 3.

Past recipients: 2018 Stephanie Retsas, 2017 Genevieve Mooney, 2016 Mythili Ilango, 2015 Juno Cubelo