As optometry professionals, you need the best support possible from your professional association to keep ahead of new discoveries, new regulations and develop your skills. You also need member fees to be kept fair, while not missing out on any of the services that help you get the most out of your practice.
Together with Optometry South Australia, over the past year we’ve been exploring the benefits and options of operating under a new, combined single entity.
Our two Boards believe joining together will make us a stronger, more effective member association for you, and have greater capacity to advocate for the issues that matter to you most.
Frequently asked questions
A frequently asked questions (FAQ) document has been developed providing answers to some of the common questions from members. To read the FAQ click here.
To view the video of Optometry Victoria's President Murray Smith talking about the amalgamation, click here.
Members will make the choice
The proposal for joining our two organisations, Optometry Victoria and Optometry South Australia, into a single entity
(Optometry VicSA) will be presented to you for endorsement at the October Annual General Meeting (AGM).
To review the Constitution for the proposed new entity, follow this link.
OV President Murray Smith (L) with OSA President Kurt Larsen.
What you need to do
When the time comes for the October AGM, you will be asked for your endorsement of the proposal. You can either attend in person, or you can mail back an endorsement by proxy to be tabled at the AGM. More details in coming months.
In the meantime, there will be plenty of opportunity to give your feedback and ask questions of our Board, CEO and committee members about aspects of the proposal. Regular updates will be provided on our website, across our Facebook page and in Scope magazine.
You can send an email directly to our CEO here.
Many benefits of joining together
Joining together into a single association will help achieve more for our members, and make changes that innovate, improve and future-proof our associations.
Access to broader skills and better training
Joining forces with Optometry South Australia means that the training and CPD offering and our services will become more wide-reaching and varied, because combined buying power means we can get better value for our members.
We can also draw from a wider pool of expert staff, combining the strong capability of Optometry South Australia's policy and legislation knowledge and matching it with Optometry Victoria’s innovative CPD and member networking opportunities.
Costs down, services up
Having a single entity allows us to be more efficient with our finances, our resources and the way we operate - which benefits all members by keeping membership fees fair, costs down and the value of our service strong. Joining together allows us to be more effective in allocating a larger pool of funding to services, not administration and operating costs.
Stronger voice, certain future
Importantly, joining forces keeps us strong together, as an effective voice for all our members so that we can plan for our future and have greater capacity to advocate for the issues that matter to you most.
A collaborative approach
The transition planning will be professional and transparent, and we look forward to sharing with members the processes and considerations undertaken when making decisions. Our promise to members is that there will be no lag in any of the services you’ve come to see from us in any transition to a single entity.
We encourage you to share with us your concerns and your ideas, either through the committee mechanisms or directly via phone, mail or email.