In Focus by Andrew McKinnon 19/10/18

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!

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.

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.

Keratoconus Event - Sydney Eye Hospital

The Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye is running an event next month for patients with keratoconus with the theme being “How to take control of your keratoconus”. They are having patients talk about how they have managed their daily lives with their condition and what their experiences have been like with any procedures they have had and different contact lenses. There will also be some of our researchers on hand to talk about developments in the field to help.

If you have patients who might be interested in attending – or you’d like to go yourself – please visit the Save Sight Institute here, or the direct event page here.

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.

Can You Assist a Colleague in Samoa?

Samoa’s only optometrist is looking to establish an optometry clinic in the island nation. She has contacted us to ask if we might be able to assist with helping her to source donated equipment to help get this project underway.

If you have any of the following items in good working order that you would be willing to donate, could you please send details to Sarah and let her know details of the type of equipment, including model numbers, any photos, approximate age etc. Once we have a list compiled we’ll come back to you about further actions.

The equipment being sought includes: slit lamp; chair and stand; autorefractor-keratometer ; lensometer; frame heater; Nidek LE 1000 patternless edger; trial lens set ; screw drivers and pliers; vision chart, remote and projector.

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.

Optometry Giving Sight - It's Not Too Late to Donate!

Optometry Giving Sight is our profession’s charity, helping millions of people around the world to see through the simple expedient of an eye exam and a pair of spectacles.


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.

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.

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.