Incoming OBA chairman Ian Bluntish
By Rhiannon Riches
South Australian optometrist Ian Bluntish has been appointed the new chairman of the Optometry Board of Australia. Mr Bluntish previously served on the OBA as the practitioner member from South Australia.
He will succeed the current chairman Colin Waldron, who will step down on 30 August after completing his three-year term.
Joining Mr Bluntish on the newly appointed board are optometrists Jane Duffy, Dr Ann Webber, Derek Fails, Garry Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor Daryl Guest, and three community representatives.
Their appointments will commence when the term of all current OBA members expires on 30 August.
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council announced on 6 July the new appointments and reappointments of chairpersons, practitioner members and community members across 12 National Boards under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme.
Health Ministers have thanked Mr Waldron, who was appointed inaugural chairman of the OBA in 2009, for his leadership, dedication and contribution to the national scheme.
In welcoming Mr Bluntish to the chair, the Health Ministers said his succession to the leadership role reflected the depth and breadth of his skills and experience, including those gained serving on the OBA as an inaugural practitioner member since 2009.
Mr Bluntish is chairman of ProVision.
Ian Bluntish: appointed as chairman, reappointed as a practitioner member, SA
Jane Duffy OAM: reappointed as a practitioner member, VIC
Dr Ann Webber: appointed as a practitioner member, QLD
Derek Fails: reappointed as a practitioner member, NSW
Garry Fitzpatrick: reappointed as a practitioner member, WA
Associate Professor Daryl Guest: appointed as a practitioner member, TAS
Adrienne Farago: reappointed as a community member
Anthony Evans: appointed as a community member
Associate Professor Rosemary Knight: appointed as a community member
* Terms commence for a period of three years from 31 August 2015
Colin Waldron: chairman and practitioner member, QLD
Ian Bluntish: practitioner member, SA
John Davis: practitioner member, NSW
Jane Duffy: practitioner member, VIC
Derek Fails: practitioner member, TAS
Garry Fitzpatrick: practitioner member, WA
Adrienne Farago: community member
Peta Frampton: community member
Lawson Lobb: community member
* Terms expire 30 August 2015