In a positive step towards fostering networks and embracing innovation and progress in the world of digital healthcare, Optometry Australia has joined the Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) and Australian Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare (AAAiH).
The AIDH is the peak body for digital health representing a united and influential single voice for health informatics and digital health leaders and practitioners, while the AAAiH brings together over 100 national and international partners and stakeholders in academia, governance, consumer, clinical, industry organisations, and peak bodies to translate frontier artificial intelligence (AI) technologies into real-world health services.
Director of Optometry Advancement, Sarah Davies, said, ‘Optometry Australia is delighted to join these important networks. We look forward to working together to help secure optometry’s active participation in the ongoing digital transformation of the healthcare system.
‘The landscape of healthcare is rapidly evolving, and optometry must stay adaptable and responsive to emerging trends. Our participation in these networks will help us stay at the forefront of current and rising digital health initiatives.’
Optometry 2040 – Your preferred future for optometry
In 2018, as part of Optometry Australia’s Optometry 2040 project, we noted that “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.” Five years later, in 2023, this is truer than ever.
The context and landscape surrounding optometry, eye health and optometrists continues to adapt and evolve, and we need to continually review the trends driving us towards the future, and the plausible and preferred futures that could be created for optometry if this work is to remain relevant and useful.
We invite members to join us and register for one of two CPD interactive workshop sessions where CEO, Skye Cappuccio, will revisit the report and outline the progress made since. Together, we will review the trends and drives that continue to shape optometry and community eye health to ensure we continue tracking towards plausible, preferred futures.