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Optometrists Association is carefully examining the recommendations of the Australian Government’s Commission of Audit, released today, 1 May.

National CEO Genevieve Quilty was reviewing the recommendations relating to the health profession within hours of the Commission of Audit release.

‘There may be some opportunities for the profession of optometry if the government adopts some of the health-related recommendations,’ she said. ‘Our profession is agile and well educated, making us well placed to partner with government in these opportunities.’ 

‘We are particularly interested in the recommendations about extending the scope of health professional practices, and about examining opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our health-care system.

‘The report provides important up to date information about the demographic challenges that lie before us. As a preventative health-care profession, optometry is an excellent investment in which any government should continue to invest,’ Ms Quilty said.

She said the association would be interested to see more detail on some of the mooted private health insurance reforms.

 ‘The most important document is the Budget, to be handed down on 13 May. Optometrists Association will be there on the night and will update members on the following morning,’ Ms Quilty said.

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