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JANUARY

Anjou made Member of the Order of Australia

On Australia Day in January, optometrist Mitchell Anjou became a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to optometry and public health.

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FEBRUARY

Minister for Health Peter Dutton (R) with the CEO of NSW/ACT Division Andrew McKinnon

OAA launched a comprehensive campaign to ask the Australian Government to remove the Medicare fee cap for optometry. Local federal members of parliament were ‘flabbergasted’ and ‘incredulous’ to learn first-hand from optometrists of the fee cap restricting their profession.

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MARCH

Tribute to Layland

Professor Brian Layland, synonymous with advancing optometry throughout Australia, was the guest of honour at a lunch in Sydney in March to celebrate his 57 years of service to the association and the profession.

 

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APRIL

Professor Don Mitchell (R) with Professor Barry Collin and the medal named in his honour

Tasmanian born, University of Melbourne educated researcher Professor Donald Mitchell was presented with the H Barry Collin Research Medal award at the Australian Vision Convention in April.

 

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MAY 

Margie O’Neill announced she will be retiring from delivering optometric care in the outback

Margie O’Neill recalls her 17 years working in the outback, in a ‘practice’ covering one million square kilometres, flying in the mail plane and living in a car in outback Australia to deliver services to her patients.

 

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JUNE

Practitioners flocked to Southern Regional Congress

Southern Regional Congress attracted 972 optometrists and 51 exhibitors to its three-day mix of education and exposition in Melbourne on 1-3 June.

 

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JULY

Federal Government announces it will review fee cap impact

CEO Genevieve Quilty stands to ask a question of the Coalition about eye health care at the Vision 2020 Summit in Canberra.

 

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AUGUST

Optometry celebrates 100 years of registration in Tasmania

Tasmania Lifestyle Congress registrants in August were invited to a reception at Hobart’s Government House to mark the 100th anniversary of the Opticians Act. A small but united group of Tasmanian optometrists defeated their detractors when the legislation was passed in Tasmania’s Parliament in 1913 to instate optometry as a profession.

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SEPTEMBER

Optometrist Annette Hoskin uses the UV autofluorescence camera on her daughter Bethany McDonald

Researchers in Western Australia are reviewing eye injuries in Australian children and hope it will lead to strategies to reduce injuries.

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OCTOBER

Australians’ triple success in Seattle

Associate Professor Mark Roth, Dr Laura Downie and Dr Josephine Li were presented with Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry in October. Australian optometrists received a swag of prestigious awards at the academy’s annual meeting in Seattle, cementing their place on the world stage.

 

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NOVEMBER

Helen Summers wins Telstra business award

Darwin-based optometrist Helen Summers beat a field of top businesswomen to win the prestigious Business Owner Award at the 2013 Telstra Australian Business Women’s Awards in Melbourne in November.

 

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DECEMBER

Life membership for Graham Fist

Western Australia Division awarded life membership to Perth optometrist and indigenous health campaigner Graham Fist. Sixty years after starting in the family practice, Mr Fist still works full-time between his city and Kalamunda practices, and works one day a week at the Royal Perth Hospital Eye Clinic where he is the longest serving optometrist.

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