PIN to replace signatures from 1 August

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Business owners need to be prepared for the change to a PIN replacing a signature for most credit and debit card transactions from 1 August.

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Pioneering AMD gene therapy

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Forty Australian patients with wet aged-related macular degeneration have been recruited to trial pioneering gene therapy.

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GPs take 3 years to refer type 2 diabetes patients for eye exam

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General Practitioners take on average three years to refer patients with type 2 diabetes for an eye examination, according to results from a Melbourne survey of doctors.

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Policy leaders lobby OBCC

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Optometry Australia has called for changes to the MBS affecting contact lens items, domiciliary loading and fairer remuneration when patients are referred by a medical practitioner.

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More hosts needed for student clinical placements

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One in 10 optometrists needs to take students on clinical placement to cater for the growing number of optometry students requiring training every year.

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Dedication to service, home and abroad, brings OAM

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Jane Duffy, Peter Lewis, Peter Stewart and Susan Walton were each awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Workforce report forecasts 1,200 excess by 2036

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Independent researchers have found that if demand, services and graduate numbers continue as expected, the optometric workforce in Australia will more than double over the next two decades.

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Scale makes grading DR easier

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An international scale that simplifies the grading of diabetic retinopathy is favoured over an alternative system, Australian experts advise.

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Hub offers mothers CPD with crèche

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The first Mums and Bubs hub was attended by five optometrist mothers in Adelaide. These hubs will include CPD for the mothers while their babies are cared for at an on-site crèche.

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Fee cap scrapped, rebate reduced

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Optometry could shift from bulk-billing to a pricing model with potential for fairer remuneration, following an announcement in the Federal Budget that the Medicare fee cap is to be removed.

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Sharing knowledge helps ignite passion

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Suzanne Sahely became involved in the Optometry Australia mentoring program to encourage recent graduates into the field of behavioural optometry.

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3-yearly 10900 for asymptomatic under-65s

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Asymptomatic people aged under 65 years will be able to access rebates for full eye examinations only every third year, in another Federal Budget measure to reduce costs.

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MBS indexation still frozen

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Optometry Australia expects a reduction in bulk-billing will occur by optometrists trying to make up for lost income due to another MBS indexation freeze announced in the Budget.

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Market analysis reveals strong competition nationwide

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An independent report shows there is healthy competition in the optometric market, which may help quell concerns about the risk of monopoly-like behaviour.

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Members core of Optometry Australia

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Members remain core to Optometry Australia and the organisation remains committed to providing maximum membership value through its sharpened focus on the sector.

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