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The Tasmanian Division would like you to explore our new web site and encourage your feedback.

The website includes:

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Underinsurance:

A simple term with potentially devastating consequences 

As the preferred partner of Optometry Australia, Guild Insurance understands the unique risks that face optometrists. One of the biggest risks faced by practice owners is ‘under insurance’ and the application by some insurers of an ‘average’ clause can impact your business if you need to make a claim.

The ‘average’ clause is an insurance provision that can reduce the pay-out of a claim because the sum insured is lower than the value of the property. Unfortunately, most people don’t discover the impact of an averages clause until they come to make a claim.

One way of addressing this risk is to purchase a business insurance policy that provides an option to avert exposure to the underinsurance and averages provision, such as Guild Insurance’s Optometrists Business Insurance policy with its ‘Reinstatement Plus’ basis of settlement.

Reinstatement Plus works on the proviso that the sums insured are to be calculated by Guild in accordance with the Cordell Building Cost Index. (Part of the global RELX Group PLC)

If you would like to know more on this and other policy provisions, speak to a Guild policy advisor on 1800 810 213. 

Log-in at the Advantage Program section of our website to view the full list of member benefits.

OAA Members Inspire New Name and Direction

Following an extensive review of our membership services, and based on feedback received from members and in alignment with sector and demographic shifts, the National and State Boards of Optometrists Association Australia (OAA) have taken the positive initiative to refocus the Association’s direction.

We are also intending for OAA to change its name to ‘Optometry Australia’ at the national level and we will become Optometry Tasmania. The other State Divisions will also change their name accordingly - i.e. Optometry Victoria, Optometry New South Wales/ACT, Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory, Optometry Western Australia and Optometry South Australia.

As indicated by the change in name, we will begin to concentrate the Association’s resources on strengthening and protecting the profession.  This means we will play a much more high profile and visible role in areas such as government lobbying and advocacy, highlighting eye health issues and promoting optometry to consumers and the health care sector. Our goal is to put eye-health front and centre of Australian health care and to significantly raise the standing of optometrists as eye-health experts.

As you are acutely aware, the optometry sector is changing rapidly as a result of economic, technological and demographic shifts. Optometrists require a strong leadership body that understands, and where feasible, can positively influence these shifts to advance a stronger and more robust profession and optometrists’ individual aspirations.

All Boards have unanimously agreed and collaborated on the new strategic direction.

We believe that this is an appropriate and positive step forward for a peak membership body that is dedicated to advancing the optometry profession.

Members will always remain our first priority and we are committed to providing the highest standard of services. Our membership structures will remain the same. 

Our research tells us that this is what you require from us. You need a professional body that will innovate and support you throughout your career and that will help protect, enhance and promote the optometry sector and the professional standing of optometrists as eye-health experts.  The Association is assured that by leading, engaging and promoting the profession, we can ensure a more rewarding and secure future for all of us.

The changes that we are making signal that we have listened you, that we are aware of market forces, and that we are responsive and willing to change in order to meet future challenges.

This announcement is perhaps the single largest change that we have made in the Association’s recent history. It is one that we are excited about, and committed to, and one that will deliver long-term benefits to you and the sector. It will take time to fully embed this change within all aspects of the Association, although we will be introducing our new logo to you at the end of May.

Your Association has been shaping and representing the optometry sector for over 100 years.  These proposed changes represent a new and progressive chapter in our rich and proud history, which we believe will benefit our profession and all of our members.

What a great event!

AGFEST 2013 - May 2nd, 3rd and 4th 2013

The Optometrists Association of Tasmania's stall at AgFest 2013 was a huge success. It was great to see so many making the most of our free eye screening service. By the end of the three days we screened 667 people, young and old! To say we were busy is an understatement, especially considering we screened 500 people last year. Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and to the public for visiting us. We managed to take a few photos on the day.

  Agfest