Private fees restore value

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John Molloy and Robert Holloway, two members who changed their billing structure in response to the changes to Medicare on 1 January, share their experiences of switching.

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SRC upholds its reputation for high quality lectures

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SRC 2015 welcomed 825 delegates from Australia and New Zealand at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre during the three-day congress.

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Access campaign needs member support

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Optometry Australia has launched a new advocacy campaign, ‘Eye care for all’, aimed at encouraging the Australian Government to ensure optometric services are made more accessible, particularly for disadvantaged Australians.

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A successful locum story—from both sides

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Phil Jansen and Robert Webster talk about a rural locum scheme that helps practitioners find locum optometrists, and pays the travel and accommodation costs.

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Private fees restore value

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John Molloy and Robert Holloway, two members who changed their billing structure in response to the changes to Medicare on 1 January, share their experiences of switching.

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Does content on your website break the law?

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Using a company’s or government organisation’s logo on your website without authorisation, or referring to yourself as a ‘specialist’ can put you in breach of national laws.

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Talking to politicians

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We are acutely aware that some of the changes to Medicare threaten eye-care access for disadvantaged groups, impacting practices in largely low-income areas of Australia.

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50-year reunion for Melbourne students stirs memories

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Fifteen optometrists from the University of Melbourne graduating classes of 1963, 1964, 1965 and 1966 meet at their 50-year reunion.

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MBS item for corneal foreign body removal a step closer

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Optometrists may soon have a Medicare item number for removal of corneal foreign bodies after four years of lobbying by Optometry Australia.

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Access campaign: ‘We played a part’

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Richard Lindsay and Jessica Chi know that lobbying their local MP face to face can get results.

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Fledgling optometry in Vietnam

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My husband Paul and I have just returned from a week spent in Hanoi, at the Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. We have been part of a year-long speciality contact lens teaching program there, along with five other Australian optometrists.

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We must keep our own board

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We met with officials at the Department of Health to voice our concerns about changes to the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme and emphasised the benefits of a profession-specific board for optometry.

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Students work with ophthalmologists in satellite clinic

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Optometry students are working with ophthalmologists in a new clinic that has resulted from a partnership between The Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

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Medicare snapshot shows costs and consultations rising

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A rise in Medicare expenditure on optometry items is due to the increase in the number of consultations only, as there has been no increase to Medicare Benefits Schedule fees since indexation in November 2012.

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College celebrates milestone anniversary

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The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a range of events and activities including a memory wall.

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