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.
The 2019 recipient was Shanelle Sorbello for her paper entitled “Post stroke vision care in NSW: What are the care pathways and are they working?”
Orthoptics Australia (OA) is a national organisation representing members in all states of Australia, as well as members from other countries, including New Zealand, United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. OA strives to promote and advance the discipline of orthoptics in public hospitals and ophthalmology practices, and to actively seek and implement career and work benefits and opportunities for its members.