The issue of visual impairment is concerning with close to 125,000 New Zealanders aged 40 or over facing a form of visual impairment. The number of people aged 40 and over suffering from visual impairment is expected to rise to 174,000 by 2020. A major cause of visual impairment is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and glaucoma, induced, in part, by damage to the eye through mechanisms of oxidative stress.
The notion that a healthy diet may support optimal outcomes for those with AMD and glaucoma is not new, but very difficult to investigate. This lecture will summarise the evidence for nutrition in preventing and supporting better clinical outcomes. The lecture will discuss dietary supplements, nutrients and dietary patterns in relation to AMD and glaucoma.

Dr Andrea Braakhuis is a Senior Lecturer and Registered Dietitian at The University of Auckland. In collaboration with Optometry and Vision Science has conducted investigative and review studies into the effect of diet on oxidative stress related diseases causing visual impairment. Andrea has authored four publications on the topic of nutrition and ocular health and is an Associate Editor for Nutrition & Dietetics Journal.


Unconscious bias and implicit association

International research has detailed pervasive evidence of unconscious bias in employment, education, health, justice and many other areas of life. They occur without our awareness and may often be incompatible with our conscious values and considered actions.

During this presentation, we will demonstrate how unconscious bias and implicit associations occur and discuss some of the evidence, impact and consequences of bias in the workplace.

This workshop will explore strategies to assist reducing or overcoming bias particularly in decision-making areas such as recruitment, performance appraisal, work allocation and in meetings.

Cathie Walsh is the Staff Equity Manager at the University of Auckland. She has a background in psychology and training and has worked for many years in education, health and law primarily in the areas of equity and social justice


From the perspective of a Retinal Specialist, OCT angiography (OCTA) is the newest toy off the block, but is it just a fancy gimmick or does it actually help me provide better care for my patients.
In this talk I will take you through why OCTA, what it can do and what it cannot yet do. We will cover the basics of OCTA interpretation, how it complements existing imaging modalities and when I use it. I will close by looking at the future applications of OCTA and AI.

David graduated from Sheffield Medical School in the UK in 1995, completing his general ophthalmology training in South Yorkshire before embarking on a series of UK and overseas sub-specialty fellowships. By good fortune David found himself working as a Medical retinal fellow in 2005 just as avastin was first being used for AMD in New Zealand. David then returned to the UK in 2006 to establish the first antiVEGF service in the NHS holding this appointment for 3 years. The attraction of Aotearoa however proved too strong and in 2009 he and his family returned to New Zealand rejoining the Medical retina team at Greenlane. David is now employed as Consultant Ophthalmologist at Greenlane Hospital with responsibilities in medical retina; he also holds an honorary position with the University of Auckland. David’s current research interests include retinal imaging and new therapeutics for AMD and Diabetic retinopathy.


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