The end of an era for optometry?

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The death of Bill Eames in November 2014 marked an end of an era. Bill may have been the last of a generation of men who trained in optometry under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme, after serving in the Second World War.

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Conversations with SRC’s top speakers

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Two leading US optometrists talk about the inspiration for their work and offer advice to their colleagues.

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Submission calls for anti-glaucoma medications PBS subsidy

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A submission to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee seeks PBS subsidisation for schedule 4 anti-glaucoma medications if treatment is initiated by an optometrist whose registration is endorsed to use scheduled medicines.

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Corneal cross-linking patients need Medicare rebate

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The Department of Health has received a request for Medicare benefits for patients undergoing corneal cross-linking as early intervention in progressive keratoconus.

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National eye health survey underway

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A National Eye Health Survey that aims to provide an evidenced-based picture of Australian eye health will start recruiting participants and collecting data in February.

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Tailor spectacles scheme to meet needs of Indigenous people

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people need a dedicated Indigenous component to be established under the South Australian Spectacles Scheme.

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Q&A on Medicare changes with Optometry Australia CEO

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CEO Genevieve Quilty responds to three essential questions on the Medicare changes that come into force on 1 January 2015.

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NEWS revisits an action-packed year

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It was another dynamic year, bringing everything from a successful campaign to scrap the fee cap, to rebranding the organisation, calling for better remuneration for domiciliary care, and celebrating the contributions of optometry’s high achievers. NEWS revisits some of the events that captured our attention.

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First Melbourne OD students graduate

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The first Doctor of Optometry students from the University of Melbourne have graduated and all have secured jobs as optometrists.

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Sussan Ley promoted to Health portfolio

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Sussan Ley has been promoted to the joint responsibilities of Health and Sport, in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s reallocation of Cabinet portfolios.

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Masters of their destiny: QUT optometry students celebrate graduation

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The second cohort of Master of Optometry students from Queensland University of Technology’s School of Optometry and Vision Science has graduated.

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First Flinders University optometry students to graduate

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Twelve students from Flinders University’s final year optometry class have passed the requirements of their course and will be the first optometrists to graduate from the university.

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Mid-financial year economic report makes more cuts to health

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The Department of Veterans' Affairs Optical Advisory Committee will be abolished as part of further cuts to health spending.

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Optometrists team up with students on volunteer trip to Nepal

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Five Australian optometrists, four optical dispensers and two Flinders University optometry students were part of a volunteer team that performed 6,200 eye examinations in Nepal in November.

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Australians take top awards at American optometry meeting

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Australians have again excelled at the American Academy of Optometry meeting in Denver.

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