Smiling: switch to private billing lifts profit as turnover rises 38%

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The only regret that country Victorian optometrist Peter Fairbanks has about private billing is that he did not do it sooner.

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Children’s campaign takes new direction

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A short video for the web will be available on the Optometry Australia website as part of the Children’s Vision Campaign

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Resources being developed to help members overcome Budget hurdles

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A comprehensive suite of resources to support members in minimising the negative impacts associated with the Federal Budget are due to be released in late September.

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Investing in training for dispensing staff pays dividends

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Optometrists across Australia are investing in their practices’ future and improving the skills of their employees by enrolling staff in optical dispensing courses.

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Patients face AMD treatment delays in city hospital

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A capacity crisis at the Royal Adelaide Hospital is leading to some AMD patients waiting three times as long as they should for injections, and is likely to get worse.

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Well-informed, sharp and heading for graduation

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Practitioners who have supervised Flinders University optometry students on clinical placements at more than 50 sites nationwide speak highly of the students’ skills.

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Canberra Parliament decision-makers experience eye-health screening first-hand

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In demonstrating how an optometrist can detect normal from abnormal, treatable from non-treatable, it shows how an eye examination delivers real value to the Australian community.

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Study shows thousands miss injections

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About 5,000 Australians a year with wet age-related macular degeneration may be missing out on injections to delay AMD progression, a study has estimated.

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Retinal imaging gives early Alzheimer’s alert

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An Australian study suggests that retinal imaging may be a test for the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Conjunctivitis tops red eye list

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Viral conjunctivitis and blepharitis are the most common causes of red eye, according to data from an emergency red eye clinic in Sydney.

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Budget discussions with minister set to continue

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Optometry Australia is maintaining advocacy to minimise the negative impacts of Federal Budget cuts to optometry on patient access to eye care and on the profession.

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Flipbook makes self-audit simple

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An innovative new online resource released by Optometry Victoria helps optometrists audit their professional standards across a range of areas.

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Certainty closer with glaucoma guidelines court case

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Lawyers representing ophthalmology and optometry will return to the Queensland Supreme Court on 4 August for a civil trial on the validity of guidelines that allow therapeutically endorsed optometrists to independently diagnose and manage glaucoma.

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Are you clear about reporting on your patient’s fitness to drive?

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Drivers’ vision involves your diligent record-keeping and legal responsibilities, and communicating to patients their own legal responsibilities when behind the wheel.

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Giving evidence in court: how the system works

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A courtroom is not likely to be familiar territory for most health-care professionals. Knowing how to prepare for a court appearance and what to do when you are there can make the experience easier.

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