The Doctors’ Program will run all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Further details coming soon - stay tuned…


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. The team at AUSCRS HQ are currently finalising another stellar lineup of guest speakers. Here’s a sneak peek to give you a taste of what to expect in Queenstown.

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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.

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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.

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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Kendall E. Donaldson is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and cornea specialist at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  In addition to caring for her patients, Dr. Donaldson has also enjoyed working with the residents and fellows and became co-director of the cornea fellowship in 2013.

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Dr Giles 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 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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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.

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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.


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 afternoon 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 open - A limited number of positions will be available. Good luck!

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AUSCRS Conference Committee invites you to submit your interest in presenting a video for possible inclusion in the AUSCRS 2019 Chrystal Clear Conference.

Please note: - Closing date for AUSCRS Film Festival Submissions is Friday 31st May, 2019



The requirements of the AUSCRS Film Festival follow the usual format. 

  • Your submission must contain interesting, challenging or complicated cases that have been encountered by the presenter. 

  • New techniques or innovations are also suitable subject matter for videos.

  • Finished films must be no longer than five minutes and cannot include any voice-overs. 

  • The presenter must discuss components of the footage live.

  • The criteria by which the judges will assess the entries are;

    • Presentation • Thought provoking • Educational content • Problem solving • Artistic merit • Innovation • Entertainment

  • Acceptable formats for your film include;

    • DVD • Laptop

  • All accepted films must be checked with the onsite audio/visual team prior to the AUSCRS Film Festival to ensure the smooth running of presentations.