Lauren Ayton to jointly lead international task force

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Dr Lauren Ayton, bionic eye clinical research co-ordinator at Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), has been awarded a prestigious fellowship which will see her working alongside the professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, leading an international joint task force.

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Sisters’ swim makes waves for research

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Queensland optometrist Claire Finter and her sister Jayne Moyle are planning to swim 20 kilometres to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation.

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NHMRC gives Optometry and Ophthalmology $7.3 million boost

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An NHMRC grant of half a million dollars will boost efforts to develop a cost-effective tool to help doctors manage treatment for patients with age-related macular degeneration.

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Don’t expect MBS fee rise on 1 November

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Increases to Medicare Benefits Schedule fees will come into effect on 1 July 2014, and not from 1 November 2013. The eight-month delay is a deviation from usual practice.

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Specsavers takes out franchising award

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The Franchise Council of Australia has announced Specsavers is the Established Franchisor of the Year.

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ACO awards outstanding optometrists

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Sixteen optometrists have received awards from the Australian College of Optometry at its 2013 national conference and awards night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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Free CooperVision lenses for disadvantaged youths

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CooperVision is offering Biofinity contact lenses for three years and free of charge to youths in need.

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Setting up a locum service?

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Working as a locum can give you flexibility and let you make lifestyle choices that a permanent role and set hours just don’t allow. For some the attraction is in being your own boss with the chance to travel and work with diverse patient populations. These freedoms also bring responsibilities.

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Ouyen’s community benefits from RFDS outreach services

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service in partnership with the Australian College of Optometry is bringing optometry services to a small town in Victoria’s Mallee region.

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Optometrists collaborate at GP conference

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Two optometrists from the Australian College of Optometry, Roman Serebrianik and Neville Turner, will promote shared care and further collaboration between doctors and optometrists at a GP conference in Melbourne in November.

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OAA urges caution with Whitecoat directory, signals legal implications

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Optometrists Association is advising members to opt out of nib’s new online health practitioner directory, Whitecoat, because of uncertainty over whether patient testimonials published on the site will comply with the National Law ban on purported testimonials in advertising.

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Survey shows indecision on e-records

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In a targeted survey, independent optometric practice owners and managers have indicated that they are undecided about whether they will register their practice to use the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Record system.

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Vision Initiative starts conversation to reduce risk

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Optometrists in four Victorian local government areas will be involved in a pilot project that aims to increase the number of people having their eyes tested, and strengthen relationships between health-care professions.

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College opens dedicated low vision clinic

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A new Low Vision Clinic at the Australian College of Optometry in Carlton is meeting a need for services to equip a growing ageing population with optimum visual acuity and independence.

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Portable equipment cuts travel time for treatment

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IRIS, the Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service, has refurbished portable diagnostic and treatment equipment to treat patients ‘on the spot’ in Australia’s rural and remote communities, eliminating the need to travel.

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