Position Statements

Position Statements

Optometry Australia's advocacy efforts are directed toward ensuring a sustainable primary eye care system and timely access to primary eye health and vision care for all patients, regardless of where they live.

Optometry Australia's advocacy work is responsive to member's needs. Regular surveys of members ensure the organisation understands priorities for members. Further consultation with members occurs through the organisation's expert working groups, state divisions and other consultation forums has led to the development of the below following positions on these issues:

Contents

Optometry Australia and Glaucoma Australia MOU
Bulk Billing by optometrists
Contact Lenses and Welding
eHealth
Equitable access to optometric care
Expired Prescriptions
Position Statement on Uniform Optometry Legislation
Preserving timely access to preventative eye care
Primary Health Care
Private Health Insurance and Optometry
Provision of an Adult Primary Eye Health and Vision Examination
Provision of sustainable eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Ready-Made Spectacles
Regulation of the Prescription of Optical Appliances
Remuneration for sustainable primary eye care
Rural Optometry
Shared Care
Soft Contact Lens Care - Standards of Professional Practice
Supply of Contact Lenses
The optometry workforce
Tobacco Smoking
Ultraviolet and the Eye
Unpreserved Saline with Contact Lenses
Vision and Learning Disabilities
Vision Screenings


Optometry Australia and Glaucoma Australia MOU

Optometry Australia and Glaucoma Australia have signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding  aimed at promoting both organisation’s critical roles in glaucoma detection and management within the community. The MOU is further designed to strengthen the relationship between the two organisations. Back to top


Provision of an Adult Primary Eye Health and Vision Examination

This position statement articulates Optometry Australia's position on the roles of the optometrists in promoting eye care health. Back to top


Soft Contact Lens Care - Standards of Professional Practice

This position statement overviews expectations of what should be expected in a standard contact lens fitting consultation. Back to top


Equitable access to optometric care

This position statement outlines key policies to foster equitable access to optometry for all Australians, particularly those at disadvantage. Back to top


Remuneration for sustainable primary eye care

Optometry Australia has developed a position statement which outlines remuneration and funding policy to ensure primary eye care remains sustainable into the future.  Back to top


Bulk Billing by optometrists

Optometry Australia has updated the position statement on Bulk Billing by optometrists. The decision on whether to bulk bill patients is the responsibility of the optometrist or their practice.  Back to top


The optometry workforce

Optometry Australia has developed a position statement which outlines policy for the future supply of the optometric workforce to ensure optometry continues to meet the eye care needs of the community. Back to top


Preserving timely access to preventative eye care

Optometry Australia has developed a position in response to the Government’s intended changes to the permitted time period for accessing a comprehensive eye examination under Medicare, arising from the 2014 Federal Budget. Back to top


Position Statement on Uniform Optometry Legislation

The Position Statement on uniform optometry legislation sets out the policy basis for seeking a uniform State and Territory legislative environment in respect of certain issues relating to optometry consequential to the National Law. It reflects relevant policy already approved. Back to top


Private Health Insurance and Optometry

The position statement on private health insurance and optometry sets out the position of Optometry Australia on preferred provider arrangements and the need for transparent and consistent information; and fair equitable benefit for patients. Back to top


Contact Lenses and Welding

The position statement on contact lenses and welding sets out to dispel common myths about contact lenses and welding. Back to top    


eHealth

The position statement on eHealth recommends to members they use emerging eHealth technology in their practise to the benefit of patient care. Back to top


Expired Prescriptions

The position statement on expired prescriptions recommends to optometrists that expired prescriptions should not be filled unless there is a compelling reason to do so.  It is illegal to do so in SA and Tasmania. Back to top


Primary Health Care

The position statement on primary health care provides statement of optometry’s place in Australia’s Primary Healthcare sector. Back to top


Ready-Made Spectacles

The position statement on ready-made spectacles sets out Optometry Australia's position on the sale of ready made spectacles. Optometry Australia believes that although ready-made spectacles are unlikely to cause a direct injury to someone using them, their unrestricted sale poses a risk to the community through its potential to divert people with serious eye conditions from seeking professional care. Purchase of ready-made spectacles may lead to a false sense of security, since the spectacles may temporarily address one vision problem whilst other problems have not even been detected. Back to top


Regulation of the Prescription of Optical Appliances

The position statement on regulation of the prescription of optical appliances sets out the organisation's position on the laws governing who should be permitted to prescribe optical appliances. In all States and Territories of Australia the prescription of optical appliances is restricted, except in special circumstances, to optometrists and medical practitioners. Governments have chosen to maintain the restriction on the understanding that the prescription of optical appliances is not an activity that can safely be separated from a comprehensive eye examination and that the person who prescribes an optical appliance also has the responsibility for the entire visual wellbeing of that patient. Back to top


Rural Optometry

The position statement on rural optometry sets out the position of Optometry Australia on rural optometry workforce issues and the advocacy platform of the organisation.  This has been drafted with the assistance of the Rural Optometry Group. Back to top


Provision of sustainable eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

The position statement on sustainable eye care sets out the position of the organisation to sustainable eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.  Back to top


Shared Care

The shared care position statement provides advice to members on successfully sharing patient care with other health professionals. Back to top


Supply of Contact Lenses

The position statement on the supply of contact lenses sets out the position of the organisation on the sale of contact lenses. Contact lenses may pose a significant risk to ocular health and vision if they are not professionally prescribed or if they are not used and maintained correctly.
 
It is therefore the position of Optometry Australia is that contact lenses, regardless of type, tinting, optical power or intended use, should not be supplied except on presentation of a valid prescription. Back to top


Tobacco Smoking

The position statement on tobacco smoking sets out the organisation's view on tobacco smoking. Tobacco smoking can cause damage to ocular tissue, mainly via ischaemic or oxidative mechanisms. Back to top


Ultraviolet and the Eye

The position statement on ultraviolet and the eye sets out the organisation's position on the need for the protection of the eye from exposure to UV radiation. Back to top


Unpreserved Saline with Contact Lenses

The position statement on unpreserved saline with contact lenses indicates that the use of unpreserved saline in multi-use bottles in contact lens maintenance systems poses an unacceptable risk to contact lens wearers and should therefore not be recommended by optometrists. Back to top


Vision and Learning Disabilities

The position statement on vision and learning disabilities outlines optometric interventions such as spectacles and vision therapy are not construed to be a cure for specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia. However, optometrists’ primary role in treating the visual dysfunctions experienced by children may not only remove obstacles to learning but aid in the facilitation of learning. Back to top


Vision Screenings

The position statement on vision screenings sets out organisation's views on what matters ought to be considered before undertaking vision screenings for members of the public. 


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