Young optometrists make dent in workshops

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Scleral indentation, a technique seldom performed, was demonstrated at the New South Wales Young Optometrists first event of the year.

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Ley sets up Medicare review, advisory group

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Health Minister Sussan Ley has set up a review of subsidised Medicare services, set to identify waste, inefficiencies, duplication and unnecessary referrals.

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New taxes could end decade of service on Norfolk Island

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John and Dominique Kelly are the only optometrists living and working on Norfolk Island. Changes expected to be made to the island’s tax system next year will put their business in jeopardy.

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Lucentis subsidised medicines listing for DME and RVO from 1 July

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Thousands of patients with eye disease will benefit from ranibizumab (Lucentis) being PBS listed for diabetic macular oedema and retinal vein occlusion.

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ODMA offers networking service for independents

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ODMA will hold a speed-dating networking session for independent optometrists and dispensers seeking a business or succession partner, on ‘Independent’s Day’ on 4 July.

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Homecoming in West for new grad

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Lece Xu, the first Flinders University optometry graduate to practise optometry in Western Australia, was delighted to return to her home state to work.

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Economic report: 1 in 2 with diabetes not having eyes checked

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A new report has found that only half of people with diabetes undergo the recommended two-yearly eye examination.

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Call for Primary Health Networks to include diabetes indicators

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Optometry Australia has supported Vision 2020 Australia in calling for the new Primary Health Networks to have a performance indicator linked to the number of people diagnosed with diabetes who are regularly accessing eye care.

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Active on many fronts

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Genevieve Quilty was present at the health-focused Federal Budget ‘lock-up’ to hear the 2015-2016 budget details for the health portfolio.

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We build our case for 2015-2016

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The Federal Budget announcement on 12 May handed optometry two small wins: funding within the Medicare Benefits Schedule for telehealth, and corneal foreign body removal.

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Nice gains but we’re aiming for more

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The second Abbott budget revealed a few nice elements for our profession.

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New funding for preventative eye care in eight local areas

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Twice as many Victorian communities at risk of blindness and vision loss have been given a lifeline with the Victorian Government committing $3.4 million to the Vision Initiative program.

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Catch pre-perimetric glaucoma at WAVE

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Diagnosing a patient with glaucoma before visual field damage occurs can mean they receive early treatment to delay vision loss, a Perth ophthalmologist will tell delegates at WAVE.

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Lack of funding hinders research and development as institute downsizes

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Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten called for more investment in science and research funding when he fronted a media conference at the Brien Holden Vision Institute on 30 April.

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Child Safe laws in force

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Some staff members in optometric practices that provide care wholly or partly for children are now prohibited from performing optometric services in South Australia unless they have a police check.

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