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It has now finished, we had a great week of bluebird, windless days to explore this vast area. 


The Italian Dolomites will be re-visited the week beginning Saturday January 11, 2020. The standard conference package runs over 7 days/nights with check out Saturday January 18.

This is an amazing and massive ski area. An experience like no other with mind blowing scenery and skiing. Well worth the effort. It will be based in the town of Selva in the Val Gardena area of the Dolomites. I’ve used this venue many times in the past and it works very well. This is perhaps the most social conference I run because most people have a full meal package and the 4 course evening meal becomes a bit of a party every night. Great event.

We are in a perfect central location to explore the massive Sella Ronda ski area. Your ticket covers over 450 lifts [yep 450, not 45] and they are mostly very modern chairs and gondolas. The Dolomites have the most spectacular mountain scenery in the world and the experience is something all snow sport enthusiasts should experience. Our location is very central in the village, an easy walk to explore the shops and access to the main gondola out of town.

I have hotel rooms and apartment options available. Apartment options vary and some will sell out. 

All eye care professionals are welcome to register and attend the academic program. Friends and family are most welcome to all my events.

Send me an email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with the potential make up of your group and I'll give you some options and prices. I do not organise flights, Getting to Innsbruck, Venice or Munich gives good transfer options which I can advise on down the track.

Sort those holidays, you will not regret the experience.



Below is the list of the event's speakers:

Ski Italy Eyecare Conference 

11-18 January 2020. Speakers


Professor David MackeyOphthalmologist

David is a world-leading researcher into the genetics of eye disease, ophthalmologist and head of the LEI’s Genetics and Epidemiology research group, was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for “distinguished service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of ophthalmology, as a clinician-scientist and academic”.

Dr Andrew FieldM.B., B.S., F.R.A.N.Z.C.O, F.R.A.C.S Ophthalmologist

Andrew graduated from Monash University,1980 and worked as a General Practitioner in rural Queensland, third world PNG and suburban Melbourne until 1988. 

He trained as an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital for three years and then did a Fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at John Hopkins Hospital, USA. Worked as a Senior Registrar in Southampton, UK, before commencing private practice at Cairns Eye & Laser Clinic in 1994. Areas of special interest include cataract and pterygium surgery, along with diabetic retinal laser surgery and treatment of wet AMD with intravitreal Lucentis.


Dr Cristina Hubert, Ophthalmologist

Christina is an Ophthalmologist with international practice authorisations(Luxembourg, Belgium, Romania) having had international training in well known hospitals, Moorfields UK, Munich University Hospital Germany,Antwerp University Hospital Belgium, and with well known specialists, such as Prof. Tassignon (EBO president), Dr. Trau (former BSCRS president),

Prof. Alain Bird (Moorsfields), Prof. Lightman (Moorsfields), Dr Gregor(SOE president), as well as a varied experience with anterior and posterior segments   http://www.hubert-vision.com


Conjoint Associate Professor Anthony Chapman-Davies

A third generation optometrist, graduated BOptom from UNSW with first class honours in 1979, completed his MOptom in 1981 and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2011. 

Anthony works in the Sydney practice founded by his grandfather in 1927.  He has been a visiting clinician and lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science UNSW since 1981, culminating in his appointment as Conjoint Associate Professor in 2013 until present.

He has a special interest in clinical education and ocular pathology. In 1998 he was awarded the Josef Lederer Award for Excellence in Clinical Optometry by the Optometry Australia NSW Division

Dr Alec Stereff   MBBS, FRACGP

Alec completed his medical training at Monash University.  He completed most of his residency at the Townsville General Hospital. The allure of continuing the tropical North Queensland lifestyle was too tempting, and he has now remained there for 20 years, completing his fellowship with the Royal Australian College of General Practionioners, and working as a GP at Hermit Park Clinic, in Townsville.  His special interest is in Travel and Tropical Medicine.  

His talk is on Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Dr Ian Parkinson

Dr Ian Parkinson MBChB, BSc (Hons), FRCA, PGCME is an anaesthetic consultant at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in the North West of England. He completed both under- and post-graduate training in Edinburgh, with training years in Townsville, Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne and Christchurch, NZ along the way. He is a lead for clinical skills education at Lancaster University with an interest in simulation training and human factors education.

Una McKeever Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), Post Grad Dip (Gerontology), Cert IV Training and Assessment

Una  is the manager of the Health Independence Programs at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. An occupational therapist with post graduate qualifications in gerontology and workplace training and assessment. She has diverse experience including in a range of mental health and community health settings, emergency department care, veteran and Aboriginal population health and vulnerable populations. She is particularly interested in integrated and multi discipline models of care and managing service innovation and change management. 

Dr Ebrar Al-Yasery 

MD, BMedSt, B.Optom

-       Graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Optometry 2012

-       Currently working as a locum Optometrist in Victoria

-       Continued onto further studies at Bond University, completed Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine 2017

-       Completed medical internship at Eastern Health 2018

-       Currently working as a surgical resident at Western Health 2019

-       In 2020, will be employed as a resident at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Harry Standish F.C.A. JP Accountant

Harry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has over 30 years experience in professional practice.

He provides accounting, taxation and general business advice to individual clients, small to medium businesses and caters to the needs of high net worth individuals and business groups.

Lecture: Taxation/Superannuation





Skiing in the Dolomites

I have skied many different locations and have yet to find one that matches the Dolomites for the interest factor. Here it's like cross country skiing with lifts. You can plan a tour and set off for a days adventure without hitting the same lift or run twice. You will pass through various towns, each with their own character (not mass produced ski resort towns), and travel a variety of superbly maintained runs. (link to an overview ski map of the local area here but note that it only shows a part of the available ski area.)


The lift system is modern and efficient with very few surface lifts. Throughout the area there will be a mix of cable cars, gondolas (bubbles), and fast chairs of various configurations. A breakdown of the Val Gardena system is available here but remember this is only the local area and there are direct links to Val di Fassa, Arabba-Marmolada, Alta Badia (Corvara) and Colfosco, all without removing your skis as the resorts link seamlessly. The ticket system is hands free with a credit card sized card in your pocket being automatically read as you enter the lift and the one lift pass covers all areas.

Grooming and Slope Maintenance

The snow grooming fleet here has to be seen to be believed, after closure each night an army of groomers hits the slopes delivering billiard table runs for the next morning. They also have one of the most extensive and modern snow making systems in the world and the low temperatures (especially in January) keep what is there in very good condition. So if mother nature does not deliver you can still be assured of good on piste conditions.


Italians take food seriously and you will be amazed at the number of on slope restaurants here. Almost every lift has a restaurant nearby with meals ranging from snacks to full dining service. A typical local will hit the slopes late, have a few runs then stop for an extended lunch followed by a relaxing rest on a lounge chair lapping up the winter sun!

Deck Lunch

Conference Skier Mix

We generally have a mix of beginners through to very experienced skiers. Friendships quickly develop in the conference setting and group skis and tours are organised on an informal as needed basis. There is an excellent progressive beginners area that backs onto town to within 150m of the hotel. There are usually quite a few singles so don't feel shy to come along solo. I am happy to give out some contact numbers of past delegates so you can get an unbiased appraisal of the event but, believe me, you will have a ball...