2019 Combined Meeting of RANZCO Tasmania Branch and ANZSOPS

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the organising committee, we would like to thank you for joining us at the 2019 combined meeting of the Tasmania Branch of RANZCO and ANZSOPS, held 21-23 June at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart.

On the program page of this website the words ‘PRESENTATION PDF’ appear alongside titles where the speaker has given their consent for publishing.

Dr Nitin Verma AM
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology

Meeting Convenor, Tasmanian Branch of RANZCO

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Hotel Grand Chancellor

1 Davey St, Hobart TAS 7000


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Meeting Convenor

  • Dr Nitin Verma

Organising Committee

  • Clinical Associate Professor Paul McCartney
  • Professor Alex Hewitt
  • Dr Andrew Jones
  • Dr Guy Bylsma
  • Dr Andrew Traill

ANZSOPS Organising Committee

  • Dr Chales Su (President)
  • Dr Richard Hart
  • Dr Alan McNab
  • Dr Jenny Danks
  • Dr Dov Hirsch
  • Dr Adam Gajdatsy
  • Dr Lucy Goold

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Meeting Program

Friday 21 June 2019

Oculoplastics Masterclass for General Ophthalmologists: Manage Common Conditions Like A Subspecialist


0830 – 0900 Registration, Arrival Tea and Coffee – Hotel Grand Chancellor Mezzanine, Level 1
0900 – 1030 History for diagnosis in a patient with a watery eye
Ian Francis
A directed and detailed history of a patient’s tearing, which includes that related to lacrimation, epiphora and plerolacrima, may permit the aetiology of the tearing to be obtained, and the appropriate tests streamlined towards the correct diagnosis 


Lacrimal Surgery for the generalist
Liz Insull
Lacrimal surgery with a focus on the management of nasolacrimal duct obstruction and canalicular trauma

Epiphora in Children
Geoff Wilcsek
This talk will focus principally on the management of congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction, the talk will also look at other causes of dysfunctional lacrimal drainage throughout childhood

1030 – 1100 Morning Tea
1100 – 1230 Thyroid Eye Disease
Tim Sullivan 

The general ophthalmologist’s role in orbital disease
Tim Sullivan

Jenny Danks
Procedures, choices, illustrated surgical techniques useful in your practice
Lower lid entropion, retractors, horizontal tightening
Upper lid entropion techniques, difficulties


1230 – 1330 Lunch
1330 – 1500 Lower Lid Ectropion
Stephen Ng
Surgical techniques, results & longevity of ectropion surgery will be discussed. This will assist ophthalmologists to construct a treatment algorithm for the management of ectropion

Upper Lid Ptosis
Dov Hersh
A practical guide to ptosis surgery for comprehensive ophthalmologists: my approach and tips for anterior ptosis surgery, posterior ptosis surgery and frontalis slings. The talk will focus on techniques to find correct surgical planes, what to do when you are anatomically lost and learning from my mistakes

Upper Lid Blepharoplasty
Ben Burt

1500 – 1530 Afternoon Tea
1530 – 1700 Eyelid Malignancies: Common tumours and common considerations
Lucy Goold
A discussion of common eyelid malignancies, risk factors for extension and guidelines for margins

Adnexal trauma – evaluation and timing of repair
Simon Taylor

Evisceration and Enucleation: Technique selection and modification for improved outcomes
Lindsay McGrath
We will revisit these common procedures for malignant or end stage eye disease, with suggestions for implant type, surgical modifications, and pre and post operative care to optimise cosmesis, motility and prosthesis retention

1800 – 1900 Welcome Reception
Government House
Government House Hobart, 7 Lower Domain Rd, Queens Domain. Click here to view in Google Maps.
Attire for the Reception is Lounge Suit/Day Dress.


Saturday 22 June 2019
0800 – 0835 Registration, Arrival Tea and Coffee – Hotel Grand Chancellor Mezzanine, Level 1
Scientific Session – Hotel Grand Chancellor, Grand Ballroom 2&3
0835 – 0840 Introduction and Welcome
Clinical Prof Nitin Verma AM
Meeting Convenor, Tasmanian Branch of RANZCO
Session Chair Dr Lucy Goold
0840 – 0900 Tips and Tricks for Temportal Artery Biopsy
A/Professor Ian Francis
0900 – 0930 Orbital Fractures: The Maxillofacial Surgeons Perspective
Dr Paul Sillifant
Session Chair Dr Charles Su
0930 – 1030


A Difficult case of Thyroid Eye Disease
A/Professor Geoff Wilcsek

A new technique of floppy eyelid repair
A/Professor Geoff Wilcsek

Sebaceous carcinoma of the eyelid
Dr Dov Hersh

Eosinophilic angiocentric fibrosis (a variant of IgG4 orbital inflammatory disease)
Dr Dov Hersh

Management of congenital Dacryocystocoele: Case Series
Dr Morgan Kennedy

1030 – 1100 Morning Tea – Hotel Grand Chancellor Mezzanine, Level 1
Scientific Session – Hotel Grand Chancellor, Grand Ballroom 2&3
Session Chair Professor Alex Hewitt
1100 – 1105 Introduction to the Bruce Hamilton Lecture
Dr Barry Taranto
1105 – 1135 Bruce Hamilton Lecture
Professor David Mackey 


Session Chair Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM
1135 – 1205 What is the role of Radiation Oncology in managing neoplasia of the ocular adnexa and orbit
Dr Michael Jones
1205 – 1235 Medical Management of Neoplasia of the Ocular Anexa
Dr Andrew Jevtic   


1235 – 1245 IOP after repeated intravitreal injections
Dr Matthew McCartney
1245 – 1255 RANZCO Presidential Update
A/Prof Heather Mack, RANZCO President
1255 – 1330 Lunch – Hotel Grand Chancellor Mezzanine, Level 1
1315 – 1700 RANZCO Communications Team – Media training for Fellows – Harbour View Room 2
1730 – 1830

Younger Fellows Networking Function

Hotel Grand Chancellor Atrium Bar (located within the hotel lobby).

Attire for networking with younger fellows is smart casual.

1830 – 2130

Meeting Dinner

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Harbour View Room 1 (mezzanine level).

Attire for the dinner is smart casual.

Sunday 23 June 2019
0730 – 0830 Annual General Meeting, Tasmanian Branch of RANZCO – Hotel Grand Chancellor Mezzanine, Harbour View Room 2
0815 – 0850 Registration, Arrival Tea and Coffee – Hotel Grand Chancellor Mezzanine, Level 1
Scientific Session – Hotel Grand Chancellor, Grand Ballroom 2&3
0850 – 0900 RANZCO Tasmanian Branch Update
Dr Andrew Traill
Secretary, Tasmanian Branch of RANZCO
Session Chair Dr Andrew Jones
0900 – 0920 Future of Eye Care. A vision
Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM
0920 – 0950 Surgery on Mars
Dr Jeff Ayton
0950 – 1010 A progress report from the Tas RANZCO Hons Scholarship Holder
Connor Greatbatch
Presentation PDF
1010 – 1100 Morning Tea
Scientific Session – Hotel Grand Chancellor, Grand Ballroom 2&3
Session Chair Dr Zoe Gao
1100 – 1105 Australian Society of Opthamologists (ASO) Update
Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM
1105 – 1125 Audit of refractive outcomes using ORA assisted intra ocular lens choice and positioning
Dr George Smith
1125 – 1135 Gene Therapy in Hobart
Professor Brendan Vote
1135 – 1155 Management of lagophthalmos in leprosy
Clinical Professor Nitin Verma AM
Session Chair Dr Rob McKay
1155 – 1330

Audits, Clinical Cases

Interesting Oculoplastic Case #1
Dr Fiona Pearce

Interesting Oculoplastic Case #2
Dr Fiona Pearce

A Frontal bone fracture
Dr Damien Ling


A case of pleomorphic adenoma of the lacrimal gland with calcification
Dr Charles Su


Interesting Oculoplastic Case
Dr Freny Kalapesi

18yo – Unusual thickening/mass lateral Tarsoconjunctiva – Diagnostic Challenge
Dr Peter Martin

Limbal Mass – 2 week history
Dr Peter Martin

A complex case of BCC/IgG4/GPA
Dr Scott Teske

Two cases of late P. Acnes orbital infection
Dr Scott Teske

A post-op cosmetic problem
Dr Scott Teske

Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to invite you to present at the combined meeting of the Tasmanian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), and the Australia and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS) to be held from 21 – 23 June 2019 in Hobart, Tasmania.

The theme for the meeting this year is “Oculoplastic Surgery for the Comprehensive Ophthalmologist”

There will be a limited number of spots available for oral presentations encompassing Challenging Case Discussion & Audit Presentations on Sunday 23 June 2019.

We encourage submissions addressing all areas of ophthalmology.

Presenters will be allocated 10 mins to present on their topic followed by a 5-minute discussion.

The call for abstracts will close Friday 24 May 2019, with notification of abstract acceptances distributed the following week.

Accepted presenters will be required to register for the meeting, pay the appropriate registration fee and meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

If you have any questions in relation to the event or submitting an abstract, please contact our meeting secretariat – Conference Design at mail@conferencedesign.com.au.

We look forward to receiving your abstract and the possibility of seeing you in Hobart.

Dr Nitin Verma AM
Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology

Meeting Convenor, Tasmanian Branch of RANZCO

Submission Portal

To submit a presentation you will be asked to enter your email address and create a password.

Once you have created an account you can submit abstracts. You can log back in to submit more abstracts and register for the conference.

Social Program and Masterclass

Welcome Reception

Date: Friday 21 June 2019

Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Government House, Hobart
7 Lower Domain Rd, Queens Domain TAS 7000

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Attire: Lounge Suit/Day Dress

Cost: Free to attend for registered delegates and partners.

Oculoplastics Masterclass for General Ophthalmologists

Date: Friday 21 June 2019

Time: 09:00am – 05:00pm

Location: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Grand Ballroom 2&3

Attire: Smart casual

Cost: $300 per person

Meeting Dinner

Date: Saturday 22 June 2019

Time: from 6:30pm

Location: To be confirmed

Attire: Smart casual

Cost: Inclusive for registered full delegates, and partners registered as an accompanying person.

Additional tickets can be purchased online for $120 per person.