2023: Celebrating 50 Years of Optometry and Vision Sciences


50 years of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Melbourne

In 2023, the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences (DOVS) is celebrating its 50th year anniversary.


As we reach this important milestone it is timely to reflect on our achievements and our evolution since 1973.Optometry Image
For half of a century, the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences has been at the forefront of excellence in optometry and vision science - educating the next generation of optometrists, performing internationally recognised research, and contributing widely to the advancement of our profession as an essential healthcare discipline. In our 50th year, we aspire to celebrate with our alumni, staff, students, staff, and partners, all of whom have contributed in so many ways to establishing and growing Optometry at Melbourne.

Our event seriesLogo of DOVS 50 Years

We have an exciting schedule of celebrations planned across the year, including public lectures, a tour of our facilities, a special quinquagenary dinner and a nostalgic view through our history via social media.

Dates for your diary

Wednesday 22 March 2023
6.30-8.00pm

Seeing Beyond Lecture #1: Reflections and Refractions

Presenter TBC

Venue:  Auditorium - The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000 https://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/248

Registration link TBC

Wednesday 12 July 2023
6.30-8.00pm

Seeing Beyond Lecture #2: A Vision to the Future

Presenter TBC

Venue:  Auditorium - The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, 792 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, 3000 https://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville/building/248

Registration link TBC

Date TBC September 2023
6:30pm-10:00pm

DOVS Quinquagenary Dinner

Presenter TBC

Venue:  The Forum Theatre – Melbourne Connect

Registration link TBC

50 years in 50 weeks

By linking up using social media, we will journey together back and forward through time to commemorate “50 Years in 50 Weeks”. Each week, we will highlight photos, stories and reflections from a single graduating year of Optometry from the University of Melbourne, from 1973 to today.

We invite you to celebrate with us by joining our in-person and online events using the hashtag: #DOVS50years

To make these reflections as complete as possible, we would love to hear from you!

Please share your stories, photos, or random facts via this link, and we will collate and share as many of these as possible. We are particularly keen to obtain any class photographs you may have, so please be encouraged to rifle through your photo albums!

And please check out (and follow!) our social media channels:

- Twitter: @UniMelbDOVS

- Facebook: Optometry and Vision Sciences at Melbourne

- LinkedIn: Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Enquiries:

A/Prof Laura Downie

Email: ldownie@unimelb.edu.au

Ph +61 3 9035 3043