Optometry NSW/ACT News: 28 November 2014

Information on the new Medicare changes

Super Sunday 2015

Sunday 24 May at Australian Technology Park, Redfern. Workshops Saturday 23 May at UNSW. Registrations open February 2015 but mark your diaries NOW! Join us at this iconic CPD event.

Christmas/New Year Office Services

We know that you don’t stop, so we’ll be available to you by phone right across the Christmas break. Just call the usual office number of (02) 9712 2199 and we’ll be only too happy to assist! Note that the office will be unattended from Tuesday 23 December 2014 until Monday 5 January 2015.

Optometry Board & RANZCO Settle Glaucoma Prescribing Dispute

The Optometry Board Australia has reached a settlement with RANZCO and OSA over the dispute concerning prescribing and treatment rights for glaucoma patients by optometrists. The settlement requires that optometrists refer new patients within four (4) months of diagnosis for an ophthalmological assessment. Details of the settlement can be found here.

Explaining Prism & Multi-Focals to Your Patients

Do you get patients who want a copy of their Rx to have fabricated elsewhere – but it’s a complicated multi-focal, or contains prism and you just know you’ll wear the complaint if it isn’t done right? The Association has a couple of letters (editable in Word or equivalent) which you can include with the script explaining the need for care when having these items dispensed. They might help to save you some grief! The prism letter can be found here and the multi-focal letter here.

ACO Offers Therapeutics Qualification at a Discount

The Australian College of Optometry has announced a special deal for members wishing to study their therapeutics qualification online. Until January 1, members can enrol in the ACO course for the same price as 2014 students. The course is available for all students via distance education, with ophthalmology placements being organised locally. For more information click here.

Optometry in NSW

It has been a bad couple of months for optometry in NSW. In that short space of time we’ve lost three valued colleagues: Andrew Whatham, Michael Guray and Peter Spanos. They were all relatively young men with much to offer their families and their communities and they all left us much too early. Peter’s partner Linda asked if we could pass on a message to Peter’s many friends and colleagues and we’re delighted to do that here.

But these tragedies do remind us of the fragility of life and the need to greet each day as a gift – make the most of them!