Further two-year freeze of Medicare indexation

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Optometry has been included in a further two-year freeze of Medicare indexation, extending it to 30 June 2018.

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Revised glaucoma guidelines now in force

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The Optometry Board of Australia has published revised Guidelines for use of scheduled medicines which are now in force.

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No new funding signals end of IRIS Taskforce

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The Indigenous and Remote Eye Health Service (IRIS) will cease operations at the end of this year, despite persistent lobbying from the organisation to secure new funding.

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Eye test on Kangaroo Island demonstrates optometrists’ vital role in managing glaucoma

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A routine eye test at a temporary clinic on Kangaroo Island has proven timely for a patient diagnosed with glaucoma.

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Optometrist builds career hub

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Gold Coast optometrist Amanda Griffiths is the founder of My Health Career, a website designed to help high school and university students get a better understanding of what it’s like to work in the health industry

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Nil claims excess with new professional indemnity insurance contract

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A renewed professional indemnity insurance policy now offers members nil claims excess and coverage for final-year optometry students working on clinical placements with members.

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Optometrists maintain chronic glaucoma clinical independence

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Optometrists maintain clinical independence in ongoing management of patients with chronic glaucoma under the new guidelines.

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Eyes on Mount Everest

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A small group of optometrists travelled to Nepal in September to screen school-aged children and train local hospital staff in eye care.

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OBA: Optometrists can continue to initiate glaucoma treatment

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The Optometry Board of Australia has confirmed that the updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma allow endorsed optometrists to assess patients, make an initial diagnosis and start treatment when that is in the patient’s best interests.

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Kate Gifford leads profession as National President

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From new graduate to the highest office in the profession in 11 years, Queensland’s Kate Gifford has become Optometry Australia’s 41st but only the second female National President.

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Fee for CPD accreditation to offset cost of monitoring and auditing providers

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Optometry Australia is launching a new business arm after being successfully appointed as the program administrator to accredit the optometry profession’s continuing professional development activities.

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Medicare rebate stays 85pc but all items recosted lower

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The Australian Government’s plan to reduce the optometry rebate is expected to be brought into effect by recosting all optometry items under Medicare and keeping the rebate at 85 per cent.

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Children’s campaign engages audience on Kidspot, in media

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A custom-built destination page for Optometry Australia within the popular Australian parenting website Kidspot has helped to get the children’s vision campaign message to stick.

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Schools take up sunglasses protection

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About 40 childcare centres and kindergartens in Victoria have mandated the use of sunglasses when children are outside.

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Honoured, eager and looking forward to the challenges

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Optometry sits on a new precipice of change and it’s time to choose your own professional adventure.

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