McKendrick takes the lead at Melbourne

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On 1 April, Associate Professor Allison McKendrick becomes the first woman to take on the role of Head of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne as Professor Algis Vingrys steps down.

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Helen Summers in hall of fame

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Northern Territory optometrist Helen Summers has been named in the Australian Businesswomen’s Network 2014 Hall of Fame.

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More practitioners needed to host clinical placements

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With the first optometry students graduating at Flinders this year, and the first Doctor of Optometry students graduating at Melbourne, more practitioners needed to host clinical placements.

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Patients help prisoners’ aid project

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A spectacle recycling program in Acacia Prison, Western Australia, is bringing better vision to thousands of people in overseas who are unable to afford spectacles or sunglasses.

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New partners, products and software in VSP network

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Three more health funds have partnered with the VSP network in Australia, expanding the potential reach, referrals and marketing opportunities for optometrists who have joined the eye-care network.

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Call for Vanuatu volunteers

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An outreach program working to prevent blindness among Vanuatuans is seeking volunteer optometrists to join health-care teams travelling to the island nation this year.

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Call for participants in omega-3 clinical trial

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The University of Melbourne is looking for participants to be involved in a clinical trial of a potentially new omega-3 treatment for dry eye.

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Cinema screen lights up with message on dangers of blue-violet light

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Essilor launches cinema commercial for Crizal Prevencia

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Robert Hess receives H Barry Collin Research Medal at SRC

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Professor Robert Hess was presented at SRC with the 2013 H Barry Collin Research Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in optometry.

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SRC draws 924 delegates

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US speakers Dr Jeffry Gerson and Dr Marc Bloomenstein were popular and warmly welcomed by their audience at SRC.

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ACCC cracks down on fake online business reviews

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The Australian Consumer Law has hit the courts and the results for businesses that post misleading reviews are worrying.

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Safe and cost-effective glaucoma management

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Coffs Harbour NSW optometrist Dr Alan Burrow puts his case for patient safety in the debate on initiating glaucoma treatment

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Pilot projects boost professional links

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More optometrists from Geelong and Darebin in Victoria are needed to take part in pilot projects to strengthen links between the health and eye-health sectors, and increase the number of people having eye tests.

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ProVision marks 25 years

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ProVision will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year with activities to mark its achievements in growing independent practice throughout Australia.

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Micro stent opens way for glaucoma treatment without drops

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A tiny stent smaller than a pinhead is offering a new alternative to lifelong glaucoma eye-drops for cataract surgery patients with glaucoma

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