AONA Queensland is an association providing support to ophthalmic nurse members living in Queensland to assist with their professional growth and development. We also offer associate membership to professionals in the ophthalmic field (e.g. Orthoptists and other allied health professionals).
Our History In November 1988, St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital presented a one-day seminar entitled “Ophthalmic Nursing – Looking Ahead”. This seminar was the first time that a group of Queensland nurses interested in ophthalmic nursing had gathered to listen to presentations and exchange ideas. The day was a huge success and sparked the idea of forming our own association as Sydney had before us.
The mailing list from this seminar was used to notify interested nurses about a meeting to be held on the 10th of February 1989, with the view of forming our own association. Sixteen registered nurses attended, and with their votes plus sixteen proxy votes our association was formed. The Executive Committee at the time included President Jenny Streeter, Vice President Eve Wong, Secretary Jenny Nimmo, Treasurer Janelle King, and Committee Members Freda Doran, Shirley Kubach and Sheree Ritchie.
We achieved a great deal in our first six months. Jenny Nimmo moved to Sydney and Freda Doran accepted the position of Secretary. Professor Hirst happily became our Patron. We adopted the Constitution of AONA Sydney and gratefully accepted a donation of $500 from their association personally presented to us by Jean Roberts, their President. Our first Seminar was held at Greenslopes Repatriation Hospital on the 16th of September 1989. Registration cost $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Topics included ‘Trachoma’, ‘Low Vision Clinics’, ‘Glaucoma’ and ‘Laser Therapy’.
Since then, our association has gone from strength to strength. We continue to provide educational and networking opportunities for Queensland and interstate ophthalmic nurses, as well as working to further the advancement of ophthalmic nursing throughout the country.
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