2024 ASO International Eye Care Expo

The Australian Society of Ophthalmologists will host its inaugural overseas Mission in Hanoi, Vietnam from 15 – 21 September 2024.

Experience the ‘Paris of the Orient’, the cultural heart of Vietnam, surrounded by the River Delta on this seven-day educational program that will take you onto the frontlines of local eye health services.

It is an opportunity to experience second-world ophthalmology, how it works, what you can do, and how you can help — with the added benefit of being able to bring the family or a friend for a tax-deductible getaway close to home. 

The proposed program aims principally to provide an understanding of eye health services and ophthalmology practices and services in Vietnam and examine how we might contribute to bridging any gaps experienced by our ASEAN friends.

You will also have access to exclusive ASO member benefits, which may include one-on-one industry advice to support the delivery of your existing private practice or future ambitions. 

As a delegate, you can expect to hear from foreign affairs representatives as well as Australian-trained ophthalmologists who are now working on the ground. 

An enjoyable bonus of the program will be exposure to the ancient culture of Vietnam and its modern tourism attractions with local knowledge from our very own CEO, Kerry Gallagher AM. 

As a member of the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam, Kerry lived in and worked closely with Vietnamese communities and developed a lifelong respect and appreciation for the people and local culture. 

You can secure the Early Bird Offer by registering before 17 July 2024 for a chance to WIN a bonus day tour in Hanoi and dinner for two people.

This is an experience not to be missed! Download our ASO International Eye Care Mission brochure for more information.

Early Bird Registrations


Secure our Early Bird Offer by registering before 17 July 2024 for a chance to WIN a bonus day tour in Hanoi and dinner for two people.

Early bird registrations also save 25% on registration fees. International delegates are welcome.

To secure your place, please download and complete the ASO International Eye Care Mission booking form.

Alternatively, please contact our Travel Partner, Orbit World Travel:


Ros Chillingworth and Karen Hartley
(07) 5556 7222


Event Programme


Day One | Sunday, 15 September 2024

Airport transfers and hotel check-in

Registration and welcome reception 

Day Two | Monday, 16 September 2024

Buffet breakfast

Half-day plenary sessions

Hanoi tour and visit to the Know One Teach One (KOTO) organisation for disadvantaged youth

Day Three | Tuesday, 17 September 2024

Buffet breakfast

Half-day plenary sessions

Lunch at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel

 Private sightseeing

Day Four | Wednesday, 18 September 2024

Halong Bay sailing tour

including visits to fishing villages, Tia Chi, snorkelling, kayaking, and more

Day Five | Thursday, 19 September 2024

Half-day plenary sessions

Private lunch and sightseeing

Day Six | Friday, 20 September 2024

Half-day plenary sessions

Private lunch and sightseeing

Farewell dinner 

Day Seven | Saturday, 21 September 2024

Buffet breakfast, check-out and airport transfers

About the Venue

Step back into history at Hanoi’s tallest 5-star hotel — the Sofiel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

A grand dame of Southeast Asia, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi welcomes guests to experience her colonial grandeur and timeless elegance.

Located steps from the Opera House in Hanoi’s French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era.

Surround yourself in heritage as you stroll through stately corridors and explore a dramatic past. A century of stories resides behind its classical white facade, green shutters with original wrought iron details, and stately wood panelling.

Stand on the walkways that grace its lush courtyard lawn and immerse yourself in the hotel’s rich traditions.

Do not miss the chance to encounter an iconic landmark that has made cherished memories since 1901.

Sponsorship Opportunities


Unique sponsorship opportunities are available for our International Eye Care Mission.

Please contact Sandra Reed, ASO Members and Partnerships Manager, via email at sandra@asoeye.org or by phone on 0439 693 556.