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Optometry Australia today launched its three-year report card highlighting the initiatives achieved by the organisation on behalf of members, during the FY2018-2021 strategic period.

In introducing the report card, National President Darrell Baker said, ‘When I was presented with this report I was immensely proud to read the wide and varied programs that we delivered or commenced during the last three years.

‘This period was about future proofing optometry during a period of unprecedented change brought about by a number of factors including the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic’.

Darrell said that Optometry Australia is accountable to its members and the report card provides a ready-reckoner of key outcomes aligned to Optometry Australia’s FY2018-2021 strategic pillars of: lead, engage, promote and endure.

Above: National President, Darrell Baker

‘I would like to congratulate the team at Optometry Australia on these achievements, and to acknowledge the support of our state divisions.

‘We have a strong culture within our organisation centred on ensuring that members are front and centre of all decisions made and that our organisation’s FIRST* values underpin performance.

I would also like to thank my fellow board members whose vision for optometry continues to help shape our decisions which are always aimed at strengthening optometry and ensure a sustainable future for optometrists’, Darrell concluded.

In early June, Optometry Australia released its new shared strategic plan for FY2021-2024 period. This plan continues to reinforce the initiatives and work undertaken by the organisation in the previous three-year period.

Darrell said that the new plan tables the organisation’s commitment to supporting members, sustaining our sector’s evolution by continuing to strengthen optometry’s reputation as a core health profession and to building community awareness of the necessity of visiting an optometrist regularly throughout life.

Read more about the FY2021/2024 Shared Strategic Plan.

*Optometry Australia’s FIRST values are: Forward thinking, Integrity & respect, Responsive & accountable, Strategic vision and Team work.

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Acknowledgement of Country

In the spirit of reconciliation Optometry Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.