AUSCRS Conferences are known for attracting the cream of the crop when it comes to both local and overseas speakers. Crystal Clear 2019 will be no exception. Download a copy of the program overview below.

Our Invited Guest Speakers

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Dr Steven Safran is an American board certified, fellowship-trained Cornea Specialist. His special interest is in cataract surgery with premium lenses. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding a wide variety of eye diseases and is particularly adept at treating patients with delicate or complicated conditions.

Steven will also be presenting this year’s Gold Medal Lecture, titled “Good Lenses Gone Bad: How To Do An IOL Exchange When All Else Fails.”

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Dr. Sheetal Brar is a senior consultant in the phacoemulsification and refractive surgery department and a research coordinator at the Nethradhama Eye Hospital, Bangalore.

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Prof Sathish Srinivasan is a consultant corneal surgeon at University Hospital Ayr, Scotland and Professor of Health and Life Sciences at the University of West of Scotland. His interests are in lamellar corneal surgery, laser refractive surgery, micro incision cataract surgery and anterior segment reconstruction.


Patrick Versace is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon, who has performed thousands of vision correction procedures. Dr Versace is continually involved in trialling and developing new treatments and technology, allowing him to stay up to date with the latest advances in this area. He specialises in lens surgery to correct age-related long-sightedness (presbyopia).

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Dr Florian Kretz is an ophthalmologist and Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology (F.E.B.O.). The focus of his work is on cataract and refractive surgery. He additionally conducts research into the fields of glaucoma, the macula and retinal disease.

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Dr Gilles Lesieur has an IUD diploma in refractive surgery and phacoemulsification. Dr Lesieur performs surgery in France and abroad for the teaching of microincision cataract surgery and is a trainer for cataract surgery in Biaxiale microincision with surgeons from emerging countries.

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Dr Bryan Lee is a board-certified, fellowship-trained Ophthalmologist specialising in cataract, cornea, and refractive surgery. He specialises in cataract surgery and both partial and full thickness cornea transplants. He is an experienced laser (LASIK & PRK) surgeon and is a happy LASIK patient himself.


Dr Paul Harasymowycz heads the glaucoma research unit at the University of Montreal and has served as clinician and researcher at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital and the Guy-Bernier Research Centre since 2011. He is medical director of the Bellevue Ophthalmology Clinics and the Montreal Glaucoma Institute. He is also medical director of the Quebec Glaucoma Foundation.

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Dr Mitchell Shultz is a fellowship trained, board certified refractive surgeon, expert in the most advanced techniques of vision correction surgery. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

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Dr Natasha Pahuja is a cornea and refractive surgeon and also a  PhD scholar at the Maastricht University Netherlands, and a clinical & research scientist at the GROW Research laboratories. Her research is based on molecular biology to understand pathways driving diseases.



We’re delighted to release the Support Staff Program for 2019.

Once again, we’ve worked tirelessly to put together a lineup of speakers who will inspire, inform and entertain you. 


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New Zealand entrepreneur, international speaker, medical thought leader, and number one best-selling author, Sam Hazledine is regarded as one of the brightest business minds in the country. His energy and enthusiasm combined with his much-decorated business experience make him an in-demand speaker who is truly walking the talk.

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Mike King is a New Zealand mental health advocate, television personality, and former comedian. These days Mike is better known for his work as a prominent mental health educator and motivational speaker with the work he does under his charity and with his conference speaking. Mike’s aim is to reverse the population trends of depression and suicide by effecting a positive social change. 


Sue Lindsay is one of New Zealand’s most successful business leaders and a pioneer among female Corporate Leaders. Her awards and accolades are many, including recognition as a Southlander of the Year, a New Zealand Young Executive of the Year and a World Young Business Achiever in Beijing, and that’s just some of the recognition received for this inspiring New Zealander’s dynamic approach to life, leadership and business.



Once again we will be running our highly sought after Advanced Trainee day on the Wednesday prior to the AUSCRS Meeting (July 17th).

This year’s theme will be “How to give a great presentation” and will include:

  • Concept and content generation

  • Slit lamp photography and choosing the best images

  • Movie production

  • Verbal presentation skills

  • Slide preparation

Applications are now closed.

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AUSCRS GALA DINNER - Saturday 20th July

We do things a little differently at AUSCRS, and our annual gala dinner is no exception, providing a great chance to let your hair down (if you still have some), slip into your dancing shoes and have a laugh.


Date: Saturday 20th July
Time: 7pm Onwards
Venue: AJ Hackett Bungy Dome (bus transfers included)
Dress Code: From simple pixie ears right through to full Lord of the Rings outfits
Tickets: Tickets are $160pp. Bookings can be made through the online registration form or by contacting AUSCRS HQ.