In Focus by Andrew McKinnon 20/11/18

DSP Blind Pension - An Important Update

If you are managing a patient who is classified as legally blind, are they on the correct pension and receiving the correct entitlements?

The Disability Support Pension (Blind) entitles these patients to special benefits that are different to both the Disability Support Pension and the Aged Pension. The most important difference is that the DSP (Blind) is NOT income or assets tested (unless the patient requires rent assistance). So regardless of their or their spouses’ income, the DSP (Blind) pension is not reduced. For more information click here.

A New Head of School for UNSW


We’re delighted to announce that the next Head of School for Optometry and Vision Science is Associate Professor Lisa Keay. Lisa will be taking over the role from Professor Fiona Stapleton on 1 February 2019 who ends her second term as Head of School.

Lisa comes to UNSW from The George Institute for Global Health within UNSW Medicine. She is the Deputy Director of the Injury Division and Head of the Eye Health Program at The George Institute. Lisa will bring to the Faculty of Science a strong network of global research collaborators and connections to policy makers and practitioners. In line with UNSW 2025 strategic priority, Lisa leads a multi-disciplinary program of research in eye health, safe mobility and health ageing for which she has successfully and continuously sought real world impact through effective engagement with legislators, government programs and policy makers.

On behalf of all members of the profession, congratulations to Lisa and we look forward to working with you!

Special Olympics - Help Needed!

Volunteers are needed for this most rewarding of events - contact Jo Thomas and/or Susan Walton if you can assist!


Do You Provide Home Visit Services?

If so, could you please either log into the website portal and ensure that your profile is up to date or alternatively email Sarah and let her know – we’ll then update it for you.

Hunter Valley Gem for Sale

Colleague David Atkinson has a long-established practice (40 years) for sale in the Hunter Valley, in current location 10 years. Within shopping plaza containing Post Office, NRMA, food outlets and directly opposite doctors surgery. Large client record database; fully equipped for testing and dispensing. Large floor area 78sqM approx. with rental just $3550 per month. Large car park. Wheelchair friendly access. Would suit optometrist owner operator. Ideal entry level practice. Contact David Atkinson via email or on 0402 842 971.

Superannuation Guarantee Amnesty

The government has introduced a Bill to parliament which would extend a 12 month amnesty from penalties to employers who have not met their Superannuation Guarantee obligations.

If you are an employer who has failed to meet their SGC obligations, this is the perfect time to get your affairs in order. You’ll need to speak to your accountant, but more information can be found here.

Family & Domestic Violence Leave

Commences 1st August for Award-covered staff.

A new provision in the Fair Work Act gives Award-covered employees up to 5 days’ leave pa to deal with family and/or domestic violence matters.

More information can be found here or call the Association on (02) 9712 2199.

New Chairside Reference from CFEH

Our colleagues at the Centre for Eye Health have released their latest Chairside Reference - Screening Ocular Toxicity of Selected Drugs.

For a copy of the reference, please click here, and for the accompanying reference list, click here.

Working With Children Check - An Update

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People has released a very easy-to-follow guide for professionals wondering if they need a WWCC in NSW. The guide can be accessed here.

Kett Optometry Museum - Become a Friend Today!

The Kett Museum is an amazing repository of the history of our great profession. Keep up to date with their work and become a Friend – its free and a wonderful way to help ensure that our history is preserved. Click here for the latest newsletter.