Optometry celebrates 100 years of registration in Tasmania

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It is 100 years since a united group of optometrists, with a strong leader in Newham Waterworth, defeated their detractors and history was made with the signing of the Opticians Act in Tasmania’s Parliament.

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Making digital imaging work

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Your decision to purchase an OCT begins with two key questions: where are you going to put it and how do you want to use it? Elisa Pocknee explains what she does in her practice and gives you an idea of how you could use an OCT in your practice.

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Funding boost for novelty lens campaign

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Tasmania Division has more than tripled the funding it has invested in a new campaign warning of the potential dangers of novelty contact lenses. A 16-year-old secondary school student is the face of the campaign, which has gained good media coverage.

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1 in 4 told to get supplements

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Sydney optometrist Dr Jim Kokkinakis recommends supplements to at least 25 per cent of his patients. He always believed in ocular nutrition but after AREDS, he started to recommend supplements based on the formula to patients with AMD and at risk.

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Securing electronic messaging

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Secure electronic messaging provides a way for you to share private patient information with a GP, specialist or optometry colleague efficiently and without security concerns. The first step is to learn more about what secure messaging is and how it works.

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Kate Johnson: How I moved beyond bulk-billing

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Although bulk-billing has helped optometrists bring high-quality eye care to the public, bulk-billing rates have not kept pace with the increasingly complex services delivered by practising optometrists. We ask optometrist Kate Johnson how she moved to a different billing arrangement.

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Radical chic: Optique in Potts Point

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Independent optometrist Susan Green remembers when she first showed designer William Smart the site that would become Optique Potts Point. ‘It was an extremely dark space,’ she recalled. ‘Literally, it looked like a black wall. Then William said: “We have to make this place glow”.’

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Information about superannuation contributions

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OAA Member Assist has found that some members are paying too much superannuation for their employees. Here is a check-list of payments to employees that do or do not attract the superannuation guarantee contribution.

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Changes to retail industry award

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Several important changes have been made to the General Retail Industry Award. This is the Award that covers most ancillary staff working in optometric practices and optical outlets. It does not cover optometrists, who are Award-free.

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CEO Report October 2013

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As I write this column, the result of the 2013 federal election is known, with the Coalition winning the majority of seats in the Lower House and able to form a government in its own right under Tony Abbott, a former federal health minister in the then Howard Government.

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Access to database out back o' Bourke

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Maroubra optometrist Kyriacos Mavrolefteros has one of the more far-flung patient bases in Australia, working in the outback. He has operated a family practice at Maroubra for the past two decades, and works in close collaboration with the Prince of Wales Hospital’s Outback Eye Service.

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The locum service that really works

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Nearly 40 optometrists have been able to take leave from their practices in the past two years, under a scheme that provides government-subsidised locums for rural and remote locations. There are no hidden charges in the scheme that pays for travel, accommodation and meals.

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