In Focus by Andrew McKinnon

Membership Renewals

Membership renewals have been sent – this year via email and a link to our new membership system, Membership 360. If you haven’t received your renewal, please contact us at the office on (02) 9712 2199 or via email.

Two Fantastic Opportunities to Own Your Own Practice

Looking for your own practice in Sydney? Don’t pass up this opportunity! A long established practice in South-Western Sydney is looking for a new owner to lift it up and take it to new heights. This could be the opportunity you have been waiting for! For details click here.

Make a tree change to majestic Mildura, in the heart of Murray River country! This fantastic business opportunity consists of two practices in close proximity offering the ultimate in life style coupled with professional satisfaction and very good income. Servicing the regional city of Mildura and surrounding communities, the full scope optometry practices are family orientated businesses which have been built on long term patient relationships and a vision for patient care supremacy. For details click here.

Frames for Children

Ever wondered where to get great frames for children? One of our ophthalmology colleagues, Dr Kate Reid from Canberra Hospital, came across Tomato Glasses and wanted to pass on the info to you. To view the Tomato catalogue, click here.

BHVI Aboriginal Vision NSW Program

The Brien Holden Vision Institute Aboriginal Vision NSW program is looking for locum Optometrists to conduct 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 day circuits to communities in NSW if anyone is interested can they please contact Elizabeth Louwdyk via email or phone (02) 9385 7463.  We are especially looking for optometrists available to do clinics in June & July at this stage. All clinics are supported by the Visiting Optometrist Scheme funding.

One in Four People with Vision Loss Wait More than 10 Years to Request Assistance


Don’t let your patients go without!

Guide Dogs Australia has found that 50 per cent of respondents to survey waited more than two years between diagnosis and seeking assistance from the organisation.

A staggering 26 per cent waited more than 10 years before contacting Guide Dogs NSW/ACT for help!

Don’t let this happen to your patients! For more information on the outstanding services available through Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, click here.

Your Association - Our Support for You

Each month we bring you a short article about things that the Association is doing to support members. This month we thought you’d like to hear from a member who we assisted:

Dear OA,

Thank you for all your time, the amazing advice and everything you have done to help me with managing my staff and the termination.
You have saved me so much money, stress and sleepless nights and I can never thank you enough for that.

Kind regards.

The Association is here solely to safeguard and enhance your interests. We have extensive experience and knowledge, backed by specialist professional resources. That’s why you belong!

16th Annual Cornea & Contact Lens Congress 2017

See the Light. The Congress is being held in Sydney from 8-10 September 21017. For more information please click here.

Working With Children & Working With Older People Checks

In NSW, any optometrist who at any time may find themselves working unsupervised with a child MUST obtain a Working With Children Check. There would be very few optometrists who would be exempt from this requirement. To apply, click here.

In the ACT, registered health professionals are NOT required to have a separate check if their contact with children (or vulnerable people) is in the course of their normal professional activities – in our case, working as an optometrist. HOWEVER, if your contact is in some other capacity (say as a sports team coach) then despite the fact that you are a registered health professional, in that circumstance you must obtain a clearance. For further information, click here.

IMPORTANT – the Federal Government has requirements about police checks for people who work with the aged. The NSW Working With Children Check does include a police check, as does the ACT WWVP check.

Visiting Optometrists Scheme

The Visiting Optometrists Scheme is seeking expressions of interest from optometrists who may be interested in providing services to some of their outreach centres. For further information, click here.