In Focus by Andrew McKinnon

New Chairside Reference Guides from CFEH

Our colleagues at the Centre for Eye Health have released two new guides on Pigmented Retinal Lesions and Hypo-Pigmented Lesions. Click on the links to be taken to the guides.

Workshop on Foreign Body Removals

The Young Optometrists Group are hosting a handsoon workshop on foreign body removals, lacrimal lavage and double eye lid eversion - 8 CPD points. Saturday 27 August at the UNSW Optometry Clinic. For more details click here.

Canberra Conference - Diabetes Primer

Canberra Conference 2017_e News

Sunday 15 October 2017, National Gallery of Australia, Parkes, Canberra. View the topic outlines/speaker bios/learning outcomes and download the schedule and registration form by clicking here.

16th Annual Cornea & Contact Lens Congress 2017

See the Light. The Congress is being held in Sydney from 8-10 September 2017. For more information please click here.

Roads & Maritime Services - Correction to Assessing Fitness to Drive Handbook

Roads and Maritime Services have released a correction to the Assessing Fitness to Drive handbook. The changes correct information on the use of telescopic lenses (bioptic lenses) and electronic aids. For the document click here.

Pterygium: The Outcome Measure is Cosmesis, Not Recurrence

Prof Lawrie Hirst is presenting a lecture on PTERYGIUM: THE OUTCOME MEASURE IS COSMESIS, NOT RECURRENCE. Friday 22 September at the Novotel Hotel Sydney. For details click here.

World Sight Day - 12 October 2017

Get involved with this great event! For more information click here.

YWAM Medical Ships Outreach in PNG

YWAM Medical Ships have many upcoming volunteer opportunities for optometrists to join us on outreach in PNG during the last quarter of 2017 through to May 2018. 

More information about outreaches on board the MV YWAM PNG with YWAM Medical Ships is available on our website. Also, interested members can call (07) 4771 2123 or email our team. 

Volunteering Opportunity in Fiji

One of our colleagues, Matt Bradford, is involved in a support project called Marine Reach Fiji. They are coordinating another Outreach from 8-21 October 2017 and are hopeful of getting an Optometrist to volunteer to join them.  

Costs for the program is $1100 FJ ($720 AUD approx.) plus airfares. The program fee covers the transportation, food, accommodation, uniform and materials used for the outreach and the registration for the professional. (Without promising it, we may be able to talk about any OPHL company provisioning and some offset if we have that option.)

Applications to volunteer in the October Outreach are due by July preferably. Further information about Marine Reach Fiji can be found via their website

Two Fantastic Opportunities to Own Your Own Practice

ONE:  Rare chance to purchase an established practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches! Whilst only small, this local icon has been firmly established for 20 years now - and there is still plenty of scope to grow the practice. It's a fantastic opportunity for someone to get a start, especially in a pleasant location on the northern beaches. A new owner could buy either walk in/walkout or with a transition period. It is priced as a good entry level practice, small, tidy and modern fit out, well equipped, with a good location and loyal, friendly patients. Priced very attractively, including stock. For more details contact Sean Roffey on 0408 882 111.

TWO:  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. Find out more about Mildura on their website, 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.

A member found themselves the subject of a review by Medicare’s Professional Services Review group. This is a VERY big issue, as a poor outcome can led to very significant monetary penalties and even criminal charges.

The Association worked with the member to assist in preparation for the formal PSR interview. On the day, Association CEO Andrew McKinnon attended the interview with the member (it was in a regional location) to provide support and advice. Following on from the interview, the Association worked with (and this is continuing at this time) to prepare a response to the report from the interview and to make a case in support of the member.

The support of this member has required literally days of work thus far with significantly more to come. However based on what we have seen, we feel that the member has a good case to put to the PSR and we are hopeful of a pretty positive outcome.

As we say, the Association is here to safeguard and enhance your interests. We have extensive expertise, backed by specialist professional resources. That’s why you belong!