Wollongong optometrist stands for better health care

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Wollongong optometrist Elena Martinez stood for the Greens in the New South Wales state electorate of Keira on 28 March.

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Wilkie makes concerns over Medicare cuts heard on parliament lawn in Hobart

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Optometry Tasmania president Brett Jenkinson joined the Independent Member for Denison, Andrew Wilkie, for a media conference about the impact of Australian Government cuts to Medicare rebates.

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Eyecare Plus recognises high performers

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Emma Slinger is among Eyecare Plus practice owners who are meeting in cities along the east coast to share best-practice business tips.

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Winning raffle makes volunteering a reality

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Optometrist Andrew Thomas has won a trip to Sumba, Indonesia, as part of the 2014 ProVision annual conference raffle, organised by Optometry Giving Sight.

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Clinical content cornerstone of AVC 2015

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A strong clinical program attracts 471 registrants to Australian Vision Convention.

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Medicare cuts harm Nassar’s patients, business

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René Nassar fears that without the bulk-billing services that he provides, many of his patients will go without eye care, but if he continues to bulk-bill, his business is not viable.

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We state our case to Health Minister Ley

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Leaders from Optometry Australia met face-to-face with the recently appointed Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, in a full day of political engagement in Canberra on 16 March.

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Maps turn up the heat on access campaign

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Optometry Australia will launch this month a ‘Heat Map’ tool that provides a visual representation of relative eye health need across Australia.

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Poppers on the program at Super Sunday

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Ophthalmologists are seeing an increase in cases of temporary and permanent macula damage caused by recreational drug use of alkyl nitrite compounds.

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Eyewear detects drowsiness for mining and transport industries

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Optalert’s glasses are being adopted by truck drivers in the mining and road transportation industries to reduce road accidents caused by fatigue and drowsiness.

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Students keen to hear recent graduates’ stories first hand

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A panel of young optometrists spoke to students from the University of Melbourne and Deakin University at a careers expo at SRC.

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Aviation course expands practitioners’ horizons in a growing area of interest

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Mooloolaba optometrist Wayne Derrick was prompted to become a Credentialed Optometrist by the prospect of the Sunshine Coast Airport expanding in the next five years.

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Atchison’s lifetime of research earns medal

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Professor Barry Collin presented the research medal named in his honour to Professor David Atchison at SRC.

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‘No water, no power, no fuel’ as calamity hits

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Disaster has twice struck optometrist Susan Weston in Yeppoon, a coastal town in central Queensland. Her practice was damaged in Cyclone Marcia and was flooded last year.

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Practitioners top 4,900

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The latest data published online in March by the Optometry Board of Australia revealed that 4,902 optometry practitioners were registered in December 2014.

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