30 Oct 2018
06:30 PM - 09:00 PM
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Event location
Lucy Jones Hall - The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
426 Albert St
Available to
General Practitioners
Professional development points
This session aims to improve general practitioner’s knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients with sinus disease and cataract.

The session will be delivered in a lecture style for GPs and GP registrars.

Learning outcomes

  • Develop a systematic approach to the assessment of cataract and carry out appropriate referral pathways for its management;
  • Describe the treatment of cataracts, including safety, follow up and expected outcomes;
  • Outline the assessment and management of sinusitis, epistaxis and nasal allergies, focusing on appropriate investigations, early GP management and recognition of red flags;
  • Compare and contrast the different subtypes of sinusitis and their different managements;
  • Describe the GP management of epistaxis and list tips for nasal cauterization;
  • Guide Dogs Victoria update and information on services.


  • Dr Elaine Chong | Ophthalmology Consultant, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Dr Yi Chen Zhao | ENT Consultant, The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
  • Sally Armstrong | Team Leader, Adult & Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Service, Guide Dogs Victoria

  • Dr Elaine Chong | Cataract
Dr Elaine Chong a Consultant Ophthalmologist in both the Cornea and Medical Retina units at the RVEEH and RMH. Having completed an additional 4 years of sub-specialty fellowship training, in Medical Retina at the RVEEH, and Corneal, Cataract & Refractive Surgery at the renowned Singapore National Eye Centre after 5 years of Ophthalmology training at the RVEEH.
Dr Chong is an experienced cataract & corneal surgeon. She has performed over 3000 cataract surgeries and performs various lamellar partial thickness corneal transplants which are preferential to the traditional full thickness corneal transplants. 
She was awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence at the RANZCO Advanced Clinical Exams in 2011. This single medal is awarded to the most outstanding candidate in the final exit examinations across Australia & New Zealand for the year. 
Dr Chong also holds a PhD and Masters of Epidemiology from the University of Melbourne. She has received various research awards for her work in Retinal research. Her work on Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) was awarded the Best Surgical Video at the RANZCO conference in 2016. Her award winning technique of pterygium surgery was also featured internationally in the American Academy of Ophthalmology Network in 2017.
  • Dr Yi Chen Zhao | Sinuses
Dr. Yi Chen Zhao completed his medical training at Monash University with first class honours and several awards. After completing basic surgical training, he obtained his PhD through the University of Melbourne with a focus on the use of simulation during ENT training. He completed his specialist ENT Head and Neck training after various rotations through major Victorian metropolitan hospitals.
He has undertaken additional sub-specialist fellowship training in managing disease of the nose and paranasal sinus as well as complex rhinoplasty. Dr. Zhao currently holds public appointments at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital where he is actively involved in teaching and research. He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Australasian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery as well as the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Zhao manages general adult and paediatric ENT conditions including disease of the tonsils, adenoids and paediatric ear conditions. He has specialty interests in nasal and paranasal sinus conditions, including revision cases as well as functional rhinoplasties. Dr. Zhao presents at national and international meetings as well as having published in several peer reviewed journals. 
Dr. Zhao aims to provide a comprehensive and individualized ENT service to his patients through the use of the latest technology and evidence based medicine. For his rhinoplasties, he aims to produce natural looking results that also function well through the use of an open structured approach to rhinoplasty. 
Dr. Zhao is also able to consult in Mandarin. 
  • Sally Armstrong | Guide Dogs Victoria
Sally Armstrong is the Team Leader of the Adult & Acquired Brain Injury Mobility Service at Guide Dogs Victoria.  She has a Bachelor of Health Science from Latrobe University and has worked with Guide Dogs Victoria for 12 years.  
Sally has spent the bulk of her career as an Orientation & Mobility Specialist, within which she specialised in the mobility needs of people with vision loss secondary to acquired brain injury.  She took on the Team Leadership role approximately 2 years ago, which oversees the delivery of Orientation & Mobility services to adults with low vision and blindness across Victoria. Having provided this service herself for over 15 years, Sally now relishes the opportunity to support the work of seven Orientation & Mobility Specialists to ensure high quality service delivery.


Registration: 6:15pm - 6:30pm 

Session: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Light supper will be provided.



Wilsons Car Park: 90 Victoria Pde offers online night parking rate $5.50 but you must book online at (NB: The Wilsons Car Park at 410 Albert Street, has an hourly rate only - which is $18 per hour!)

Street parking also available on Albert St and surrounds (some unrestricted after 6:30pm, please check signs carefully!)

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