In Focus by Andrew McKinnon

Welcome to 2018, and What We Got Up to in 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, members!

Before jumping into the latest news, take a look back at what we got up to on your behalf in 2017...

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Super Sunday is Back!

Super Sunday - the most exciting CPD event in Australia, being held at Sydney's iconic Luna Park - is back! This year's Super Sunday conference promises to be the best yet, with up-to-the-minute lectures by twenty leaders in the profession on a diverse range of topics. To register, click the image below!

For a chance to win complimentary registration (worth $399) for Super Sunday, take a moment to like our Facebook page. Just like us before 21 February for a chance to win!

Already registered? If you win, we will reimburse your registration fee!

Already liked our page? Relax – you’ll still be in the draw.

Winner announced 21st February. Don’t miss out! This year’s program promises to be our best ever...

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Dry Eye Workshop Mk II Report is Out!

The DEWS II report has been released and provides a definitive guide to the latest information in dry eye management. For a summary of the report click here.


Optometry Giving Sight - Some Big News!

OGS and the Brien Holden Vision Institute have merged! The Global Board of Optometry Giving Sight has announced that it will merge its operations into the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation. For more information on this exciting development, click here.

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Drivers' Vision Standards Update

The drivers’ vision standards published by Austroads were updated late last year. For a copy of the latest standards (vision section only) click here.


Your Own Practice - Seminar Video

Late last year the Division ran a seminar on getting into your own independent practice. The video of the seminar is available to view 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.

We all hope never to encounter these sorts of circumstances, but occasionally they arise.

Usually when we end up dealing with a government body on behalf of a member, that government body is pretty efficient and accurate – but not always.

A member contacted us after they received a complaint from the NSW HCCC. Briefly, the complaint alleged that our member had misrepresented their role with a nursing home and had made false statements to a relative of a nursing home patient about the patient’s eyecare.

The problem was, our member was never mentioned or in any way identified in the complaint – so how did they come to receive a letter from the HCCC? 

Well, it appears that the HCCC made enquiries about which optometrists worked at the nursing home and then assumed that our member must have been involved in the discussions – even though the complainant could not identify who they spoke to. 

When queried, the HCCC advised that they "summarised" the complaint and through that process miraculously (our word) implied that our member was involved.

Needlessly to say, we are now involved in discussions with the HCCC with a view to clearing our member’s name – a HCCC complaint is not something that you want on your file if you can avoid it!

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!