Cost, equipment, CPD credits influence clinical placements program

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Financial remuneration is one incentive that would encourage more optometric practices to take students on extended clinical placement, a survey has found.

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Important talks deal with MBS changes and items

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Discussion focused on four key areas when representatives of Optometry Australia joined the Department of Health and Medicare at a meeting of the Optometric Benefits Consultative Committee.

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Budget measures update: an overview of changes

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Keep up-to-date with the removal of the fee cap and reduced rebate with this Budget measures overview.

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Police appeal for help to find fugitive

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The Victorian Police Fugitive Task Force is appealing for assistance from optometrists to locate Graham Gene Potter.

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BRAVO study calls for amblyopia patients

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A study trialling video games as a treatment for amblyopia is getting underway in Melbourne and optometrists are needed to help recruit local participants.

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What fun we had at SA Blue Sky!

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The 2014 SA Blue Sky Congress wrapped on a sky-high note, with delegates praising the innovative program bringing optometrists and optical dispensers together for the first time.

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Fines and penalties for franchising code breaches

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A new Franchising Code of Conduct is due to come into effect on 1 January 2015.

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VOS contracts extended into 2015

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The Department of Health has notified providers in the Visiting Optometrists Scheme that their contracts have been extended for a further six months.

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Cornea and retina research earns Downie an academy award

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University of Melbourne lecturer Dr Laura Downie received two prestigious awards at the American Academy of Optometry conference in Denver in November.

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Medicare items to be recosted

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The Department of Health intends to effect the reduction in the rebate for optometry items by recosting all items and retaining the rebate at 85 per cent, and not by reducing the rebate of the current fees by five per cent to 80 per cent.

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Eye Health Heroes tell their story

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The contributions of seven optometrists to improving the eye health of Australians nationwide and overseas have been recognised as part of World Sight Day 2014.

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Dream of being your own boss lives on

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A significant proportion of optometrists working in clinical practice full-time harbour ambitions to own their own practice or partnership, Optometry Australia’s national biennial member survey has revealed.

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PM lauds eye-care workers

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott applauded community members working to prevent avoidable blindness in a pre-recorded video message at a Parliamentary Friends Group dinner leading up to World Sight Day.

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Online study makes endorsement a reality

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When the online Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics began in February, young mother of two Samantha Bushby was first in line.

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‘My CPD Record’ helps members track points

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Keeping track of all your CPD points is now far simpler following an upgrade of the features and benefits on the Member Hub of Optometry Australia’s website, including ‘My CPD Record’.

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