People on the move – October 2023

Welcome to People on the move – October 2023, Insight’s monthly bulletin to keep the Australian ophthalmic sector updated on new appointments and personnel changes.

If you’d like to tell the market about a new person in your company, practice, or clinic, please send the person’s name, position, image and a short description about their role to editor Myles Hume for consideration at

Julia Thompson – Mondottica Australia

Mondottica Australia has welcomed new Victoria/South Australia/Tasmania Sales Representative Ms Julia (Jules) Thompson to its team. She joined the company 2 October, with extensive optometry experience having been the dispenser/practice manager at Bill Cutler Optometrists for the past 10 years. Ranges carried will be Benetton, Christian Lacroix, Joules, Mako, Moleskine, Pepe Jeans, Sandro, Scotch & Soda, Ripcurl, Ted Baker and introducing Taylor Morris.

Dr Sandra Block – World Council of Optometry 

Dr Sandra Block from the US will serve as the World Council of Optometry (WCO) president for the 2023-2025 term, replacing Australian Professor Peter Hendicott. She has served in various positions on the WCO Board since 2015 and is a Professor at Illinois College of Optometry. “WCO is stronger than ever, leading the profession to be a part of the solution to effect change and improve access to quality, affordable, and equitable eyecare,” she said. The UK’s Dr Cindy Tromans has been elected as WCO president-elect for the 2023-2025 term.

Prof Peter Hendicott – World Council of Optometry 

With Professor Peter Hendicott’s term ending as president of the World Council of Optometry, he will now continue to serve the WCO Board of Directors for the next two years as the immediate past president. “It has been an honour to serve as president of the World Council of Optometry over the past two years, and I would like to sincerely thank all my colleagues in optometry worldwide for entrusting me with the role,” he said. “Particular thanks must go to Professor Sandy Block for her valued teamwork, input, and support. I look forward to WCO’s continued success under her presidency.”

This article originally appeared in Insight.

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