A lot has happened at UMOSS in 2018! Whilst the students have been busy learning & honing their skills in clinic, we have found time for many extra activities. Although we lost our beloved Alice Hoy barbecue space in the mess of construction that has been 2018, UMOSS events have continued to be a regular social staple.

As part of an SSAF grant the committee secured with the help of Dr Kwang Cham, OD students had the unique opportunity to learn about employability and digital literacy in a first event of its kind held in April. This helped prepare students for post-university life with enhanced awareness of how social media impacts our professional careers. Students were also given the opportunity to have professional photos taken for use on their professional profiles.

For the first time ever, UMOSS combined with ‘DOSS’ (Deakin Optometry Student Society) to hold a joint seminar evening in July generously sponsored by OV. The event saw students from both Universities mix with presentations focusing on future scope of practice and our role in advocacy of the profession. We look forward to watching this event grow in the future and thank those who attended for their enthusiasm is getting this event off the ground! Pictures of the event can be found on the OV website and Facebook page.

This year’s marquee social events have once again been hotly contested. The Eye-mazing race was taken out OD2 team "Low Visibility" & recently the successors for the annual trivia night were OD4 team "Late Night Hot Dogs" with a close 1-point victory.

We've had a strong presence at both of 2018’s Teddy Bear Hospitals as part of the RCH Good Friday Appeal, and the OD4 students have made a significant impact in school screenings with the G4K program as featured in an Article by the Herald Sun. In sporting news, our UMOSS team came 3rd in the interdisciplinary mixed netball competition and the DOVS futsal team is in the midst of its finals campaign after holding second place with a fantastic 2018 season.

The committee has been very busy organising what is shaping to be a fantastic Eye-ball for 2018 at ‘The Pavilion’ in the Arts Centre on October 6th with a “Black & Goldmann” theme set to feature. See you all there!  In the coming week, the AGM will be held to elect the new UMOSS committee for 2019. We look forward to sharing the new committee for 2019 with everyone, and as a whole are very grateful for all the help we have received throughout this year.