In Focus by Andrew McKinnon 13/05/19

Locum Optometrists - Warning re Non-Payment of Invoices

The Association continues to receive reports that one of the small optometry chains (it has <10 practices) is repeatedly failing to pay its locums.

If you are considering working for a small group, we strongly recommend that you seek guidance from the Association before you commit. You will need to call us on (02) 9712 2199 for this advice, as we cannot give it via email.

Membership Renewals Coming Soon!

Keep an eye on your email for your membership renewal – it will be out in the next two weeks!

See Yourself in Print!

The editors of Pharma formally invite members of Optometry Australia and the New Zealand Association of Optometrists to submit a case report for publication.

For more than a decade, Pharma has been committed to exploring the ever-widening scope of optometry and educating our readers in disease detection, therapeutics and the treatment of ocular conditions.

We are now looking for practitioners to submit their own original case reports that highlight the challenging, unique or unusual presentations that confront optometrists

How to participate: Send a 200-word explanatory summary of your case report, plus 1-2 captioned images, scans or graphs via email. For full details and terms and conditions, click here.

Trek for Sight with Optometry Giving Sight


Our colleagues at Optometry Giving Sight are excited to invite you to join them on this unique trek. 9-18 March 2020 through some of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka. For more details please click here.

Eyecare in Vanuatu - Your Chance to Really Make a Difference!

We are looking for special people who really want to make an impact.

In 2007 a group of Noosa builders decided they could help the Seaside Community in Port Vila, Vanuatu by building the kids a school.  Over 400 kids now attend and the school goes to Year 10. Next year they want to do even more, but we need your help.

We are looking for 2 or 3 experienced optometrists to apply their skills and training to provide basic eye care.  It is on a volunteer basis and funds are available for equipment.  Volunteers, however, are expected to be self-funded.

A trip has been planned for 27th May to 1st June.  If you think you would like to help these people see better, please contact Bettina Schreiber on 0424 467 921 or via email for more details.

MD Foundation - Patient Education and Support Sessions

Our colleagues at the MD Foundation are holding a series of education and support sessions for patients around NSW over the coming months. Please click here for the schedule. 

If you have a patient whom you feel might benefit, please let them know and encourage them to register to attend.

Do You Provide Home Visit Services?

If so, could you please either log into the website portal and ensure that your profile is up to date or alternatively email Sarah and let her know – we’ll then update it for you.

Can you help a flood-affected colleague?

One of our colleagues in Townsville is looking for equipment to help replace items which were lost in the recent floods. They are particularly looking for:

  • Chair and Stand
  • Fundus Camera
  • Slit lamp
  • Projector

If you can assist please contact Allison Crane, Practice Manager – Fairfield Central Greenfield’s Optical Centre, Townsville, (07) 4771 2417.

Kett Optometry Museum - Become a Friend Today!

The Kett Museum is an amazing repository of the history of our great profession. Keep up to date with their work and become a Friend – its free and a wonderful way to help ensure that our history is preserved. Click here for the latest news.