AIO conference report: Taking an independent view

The Moller Centre Cambridge was the venue for this year’s AIO conference, welcoming around 200 independent optometrists and dispensing opticians and dozens of students who took part in four tracks of learning from around 30 presenters. Peter Black reports

This was my fourth AIO conference, and have to say it will take some beating, the Moller Centre offered first class facilities for a medium-sized conference including that most priceless of commodities in Cambridge – plenty of free onsite parking.

The conference was opened by the new chief executive officer and registrar of the GOC, Vicky McDermott, on what was I think her first public engagement since taking the role a few weeks earlier. McDermott introduced herself and outlined her experience in the health, charity and multinational corporate sectors before demonstrating that she already has a good handle on the issues facing the optical professions and challenges facing the health system in protecting the eye health of the public.

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