Optometry Australia's advocacy platform is developed in response to member's needs and targeted to support members meet the growing eye health needs of their communities. Current priorities are:
- securing the development of a remuneration system which provides fair and sustainable fees for optometry services
- ensuring the optimum policy and regulatory settings exist to support a well-educated optometry workforce undertaking advanced primary eye and vision care to meet the needs of the Australian community
- establishing and supporting a well-distributed workforce that can meet primary eye and vision care needs across the country, whilst ensuring concentration of optometrists doesn’t exceeds the needs of the population as this can limit opportunities for optometrists to employ their skills to the greatest benefit of the community.
Health outcomes for Australians in rural and remote areas remain poorer than for their counterparts in metropolitan areas, and eye care access can be limited in rural and remote areas. To improve access to optometry services for those in rural, remote and some regional areas, Optometry Australia lobbies for incentives and initiatives to encourage and support the practise of rural optometry and for the ongoing funding of, and improvement to, visiting optometry service schemes.
There is an established 'gap' in eye health outcome and access to primary eye care for Indigenous Australians compared to non-Indigenous Australians. The organisation recognises 'closing the gap' in eye health as an important goal, and works in collaboration with its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Working Group and Vision 2020 Australia to advocate for policy contexts to support sustainable model of eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
Line of Sight - Sustainable primary eye care for all Australians
As part of Optometry Australia’s efforts to strengthen advocacy opportunities for the profession, we have developed a policy platform, ‘Line of Sight – Sustainable Primary Eye Care for all Australians’. ‘Line of Sight’ outlines policies and action which are evidence-based, vital and achievable. Optometry Australia call on the Governments of Australia to use this policy platform as a blueprint for action, partnering with the profession (through Optometry Australia) to preserve and enhance the long-term viability and sustainability of primary eye and vision care for all Australians.
Further information regarding Optometry Australia's advocacy platform and policy positions is detailed through the organisation's Position Statements and Submissions. The organisation's members are provided with regular updates on advocacy activity.