Above and beyond the call of duty

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Stephanie Looi fights bushfires in the Blue Mountains and travels to Norway to develop a new optometry course.

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Strait to the chase

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New South Wales optometrists made a strong showing in the 69th annual Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, beating windy conditions with teamwork and enthusiasm.

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Common purpose—a sustainable, accessible health system

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With a new federal government, the May 2014 Budget is likely to provide little in the way of new spending.

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Bring a big appetite to beat glaucoma

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Glaucoma Australia is asking optometrists to take part in the World’s BIG Breakfast to Beat Invisible Glaucoma

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Rural Health Education Foundation closing after 22 years

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Financial constraints have brought about the closure of the Rural Health Education Foundation and Rural Health TV Channel.

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Advice for staff on employment agreements, work-related injury

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Three new Practice Notes help optometrists navigate employment agreements and work-related injury.

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Living the high life

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Optometrist Stephanie Looi has joined a Remote Area Firefighting Team. They are trained to cope with conditions in which there are no roads, trails or water sources to provide the team with means of escape.

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Optometry not part of Medicare co-payment plan

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Optometry has not been included as part of a proposal to introduce a co-payment under Medicare, CEO Genevieve Quilty has confirmed.

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Optomeyes joins OPSM

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Ten practices in the independent optometry group Optomeyes in Tasmania have joined the OPSM franchise network.

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PBS co-payment and safety net amounts rise

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The Department of Heath has revised PBS co-payment and safety net amounts, in line with changes in the consumer price index.

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Health insurance premiums to rise 6.2%

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Health minister Peter Dutton today announced that private health insurance premiums will rise by an average of 6.2 per cent in 2014.

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Government reviews Medicare Locals

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The Medicare Locals scheme established under the previous Labor Government is to be reviewed immediately.

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Managing two billion friends

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An increasing number of optometrists are using the latest trends in social media to increase patient satisfaction and loyalty and attract new patients to their practice. The benefits are appealing but could your good intentions come back to haunt you?

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OBA’s scheduled medicines guidelines still in force despite court ruling

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Optometrists Association assures optometrists that they can continue to follow the Optometry Board of Australia guidelines for use of scheduled medicines, despite the finding by the Queensland Supreme Court yesterday.

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Sunnies retailers failing product safety laws

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The ACCC says nearly one in seven pairs of sunglasses sold in Australia does not comply with product safety laws.

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