Looking to the future
Increasingly rapid change, associated with technological, economic, political and demographic influences, is disrupting tried and true optometry practice models, working conditions, patient eye care, and clinician training requirements and communication. Change isn’t always positive, yet it brings opportunity if it can be embraced and channeled.
Our Optometry 2040 project, launched in 2018, used proven futures studies techniques – and broad consultation with our members, optometrists across the country and key sector stakeholders – to identify key trends shaping the future of eye health and eye care; the preferred and plausible futures for optometry; and key steps to realising these futures.
To help steer the profession towards its preferred futures, Optometry Australia has committed, among other things, to:
- work with the profession and key stakeholders to consider how the scope of optometric practice can be optimised to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of the eye health care system;
- identify funding models that enable the role of optometry in prevention and maintaining visual function to be maximised;
- develop a comprehensive CPD program, directed at supporting the existing optometry workforce to adopt innovations and approaches that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of eye health prevention and care; and
- ensure optometry students are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to adapt to ongoing innovations.