Shock tactics for diabetes monster

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Sydney optometrist Mike Jackson can tell horror stories of patients as young as 28 years with severe diabetic eye disease who are blind at 35 and dead at 40 from diabetes complications.

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VIEWPOINT: Non-endorsed optometrists have vital role in glaucoma diagnosis and management

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Optometrist Dr Alan Burrow of Coffs Harbour says changes in patient demographics require us to limit the number of undetected or over referred cases, and we all need to enhance our clinical skills and invest in equipment and technology.

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Robert Hess to receive H Barry Collin Medal and give amblyopia lecture at SRC

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Robert Hess will be presented with the H Barry Collin Research Medal and give an acceptance lecture at SRC in March 2014. Professor Hess is director of research in the Department of Ophthalmology at McGill University in Canada.

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Accolades for Australians at Academy meeting

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Australian optometrists are to receive a swag of prestigious awards at the American Academy of Optometry annual meeting in Seattle this week.

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‘It’s taken 23 years of hard work to become an overnight success’

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Independent optometry practice, Kosmac and Clemens Optometrists, has won an award for Business of the Year at the Bendigo Business of the Year Awards.

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Gulf and Ranges Optometrists wins business award

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South Australian practice group Gulf and Ranges Optometrists has won its third regional business award.

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‘Highballs for Eyeballs’ raises $4,479 for OGS

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Sure Optical joined forces with ReviveR cocktail bar to raise funds for Optometry Giving Sight on World Sight Day.

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McKendrick to become head at Melbourne

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Allison McKendrick has been chosen to become the next Head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She will be the first woman to hold the position.

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Optometrists can support Be Medicinewise Week

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Optometrists can support Be Medicinewise Week by discussing the use of medicines with patients and directing them to the NPS MedicineWise website which has tools and resources.

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Glowing reports of a great NQV

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Guests socialised at the North Queensland Vision beachfront dinner in Palm Cove last weekend. They were entertained by predinner fire-dancing.

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Moving away from bulk-billing

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By reducing bulk-billing, optometrists can access the full fee for their services and over $10 more for many consultations. Planning and a well-considered approach can help ensure your move to reduce bulk-billing is positive for your practice.

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Have your say on criminal history checks

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Optometrists have until 31 October to comment to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency on international criminal history checks.

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Renew your registration before 30 November

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Optometrists with general or non-practising registration have until 30 November to renew their registration with the Optometry Board of Australia.

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Efron international vice-president

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Nathan Efron has been elected vice-president of the International Society for Contact Lens Research. He with Dr Nicola Pritchard has also won an award from the US Diabetes Complications Consortium, the only grant to have been made to researchers outside the USA in the current round.

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Berlin marathon achievers

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Kate Johnson and Paul Gifford took on the 40th Berlin Marathon on the way to the American Academy conference in America.

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