Members in major services and products review

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Optometrists Association is involving members in a major review of its services and products.

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Patient records privacy carries risk for business

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Optometrists should ensure their electronic patient record storage practices comply with the new Australian Privacy Principles coming into force on 13 March

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Hazelwood fire causes eye problems in Latrobe Valley

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Optometrists working in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley are treating residents for sore eyes from falling ash as a fire continues to burn inside an open-cut coal mine at Hazelwood power station.

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New OBA policy, guidelines released

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The Optometry Board of Australia has published revised guidelines and codes of conduct on its website, covering social media, mandatory notifications and advertising.

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Symposium on refugees, racism and optometry

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‘Refugees and racism: why it matters to optometrists’ will be discussed by refugee health-care advocate Sue Casey in a symposium at SRC 2014.

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August date set for RANZCO action

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A hearing is due to commence on 4 August 2014 for the RANZCO and ASO action to challenge the validity of the OBA guidelines that allow independent glaucoma management by endorsed optometrists.

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Hospital and college sign agreement

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The Australian College of Optometry and the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital have signed an Affiliation Agreement which will benefit patients needing both optometric and ophthalmological care.

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Online petition calls for tactile banknotes

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An online petition is calling for Australian banknotes to be designed with tactile markings for blind and visually impaired people.

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World leader in amblyopia to speak at SRC

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Robert Hess is hoping optometrists will have an open mind to change when he talks at SRC about a new approach to treating amblyopia.

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Large practices wanted for Medicare billing trial

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Large optometric practices are invited to participate in a trial that looks at challenges they face when billing under Medicare.

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Optometry leader Joe Chakman made Member of the Order of Australia

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Optometrists Association’s former CEO of 30 years, Joe Chakman, has been made a Member of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours.

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Practice Notes on professional indemnity insurance and risk management

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Optometrists Association has released two new Practice Notes: one on professional indemnity insurance and risk management, and the other a risk management check-list.

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The difficulty in dealing with dementia patients

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Good vision is especially important for patients with dementia as visual impairment is a contributory factor to this illness. HELEN CARTER reports.

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Fee cap removal tops submission to Government Budget

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Optometrists Association focuses on one priority issue in its submission to the 2014-2015 Federal Budget: removing the Medicare fee cap.

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Franchise law reform to balance power in small business

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Federal Small Business Minister Bruce Billson plans to introduce franchising law reform legislation to parliament this year.

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