Clinic closure curtails care for local Aboriginal patients

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An Australian Government decision to withdraw funding for the Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney will affect the patients of the centre’s sole optometrist Andrew Mizzi.

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Career options wider than you think

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The latest Young Optometrists event, ‘Too Many Optometrists’, inspired early career practitioners to broaden their horizons regarding their future job prospects.

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Pace quickens for Medicare petition, review, audit

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As the ‘Stop the cuts to Medicare for optometry’ petition continues to gain momentum, all members are being asked to download the petition from the Optometry Australia website and promote it to their patients.

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Specialist tag

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Optometrists who are advertising their services can use the title ‘optometrist’ but not ‘specialist’, the national registration body has stipulated.

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Eyeclarity has recipe for success with 20 awards on the board

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The partners of eyeclarity, optometrists Jim Papas, Michael Kapitan, Andrew Kotsos and George Prassinos, have won the Pronto Software Australian Retail Innovator of the Year award.

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Patients sign to Stop the Cuts

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All optometrists, regardless of their membership status, are being asked to champion a petition calling for a reversal of the five per cent Medicare rebate cut and for the reinstatement of annual indexation of the rebate.

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Easyclaim up, bulk-billing down

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The latest quarterly analysis of Medicare statistics indicates two noticeable trends: a rise in Easyclaim use and a fall in bulk-billing rates.

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Templates are hitting media spotlight

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Optometrists who used free media release templates developed by the Macular Disease Foundation Australia and Optometry Australia to gain publicity in local newspapers are encouraging other optometrists to make use of similar templates.

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Global myopia institute to open in Sydney

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The world’s first myopia institute to tackle the emerging epidemic will be based in Australia and involve a global consortium of 100 leading scientists and researchers.

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It’s an honour

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A celebration of 38 years of optometric achievement in the Order of Australia

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Weisinger steps down from ‘Deakin Project’

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Harrison Weisinger has resigned as Foundation Director of Optometry and Chair in Optometry at Deakin University, with effect from 3 July.

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Our new Companion

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Nathan Efron has been made a Companion of the Order of Australia for services to clinical optometry. He reflects on his career and contributions as a giant jig-saw puzzle.

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National and state bodies united behind milestone strategic plan

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The federated body of Optometry Australia and its six state members have unanimously adopted the first national strategic plan for the organisation.

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College marks 75 year commitment

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The Australian College of Optometry has looked to the future and the past, announcing four Most Outstanding Graduate Awards while celebrating its 75 years of operations.

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Stapleton shines at BCLA meeting

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Fiona Stapleton, the 2015 British Contact Lens Association Medallist and head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, delivered the key presentation at this year’s BCLA conference, pulling together strands of research conducted over the course of her career.

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