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JANUARY

Optometry leader Joe Chakman made Member of the Order of Australia

JAN Joe Chakman - 2011 - Resized

Optometrists Association’s former CEO of 30 years, Joe Chakman, was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours.

Jane Duffy, Peter Lewis, Peter Stewart and Susan Walton were each awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours in June. Northern Territory optometrist Helen Summers was named in the Australian Businesswomen’s Network 2014 Hall of Fame.

 

FEBRUARY

Hazelwood fire causes eye problems in Latrobe Valley

Optometrists working in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley treated residents for sore eyes caused by falling ash as a fire continued to burn inside an open-cut coal mine at Hazelwood power station.

 

MARCH

Hess awarded Collin Medal

MARCH  Prof Robert Hess - Resized

World leader in amblyopia, Professor Robert Hess, was presented with the 2013 H Barry Collin Research Medal at SRC, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge in optometry.

 

APRIL

Domiciliary care deserves better remuneration

APRIL Susan Kalff - Resized

Optometrist Susan Kalff with domiciliary care patient Nina. Optometry Australia asked the Australian Government for better remuneration for practitioners who provide domiciliary visits to aged-care facilities and patients in their homes.

 

MAY

Weight lifted as fee cap removed

MAY BUDGET Joe Hockey - Resized

Optometrists were given seven months to reconsider their billing structure following an announcement in the Federal Budget that the Medicare fee cap was to be removed.

 

JUNE

New name, new direction

JUNE Harris & O'Callaghan - Resized

Optometrists Association Australia announced it planned to change its name to Optometry Australia and focus on asserting itself as a powerful, united voice for the profession. It has now legally changed its name.

 

JULY

Workforce report forecasts 1,200 excess by 2036

JULY OA Workforce 11900 - Resized

Optometry Australia renewed its pledge to the profession to advocate for a balanced optometry workforce, following the results of its latest workforce study that predicted an over-supply of optometrists in Australia.

 

AUGUST

Supreme Court trial adjourned, glaucoma guidelines in force

AUG QLD Supreme Court - Resized

Glaucoma guidelines remained in force as a legal challenge in the Queensland Supreme Court involving the RANZCO and the ASO, and the Optometry Board of Australia, was adjourned until 1 December. An out of court settlement was reached in November.

 

SEPTEMBER

Leaders set scene for new strategy

SEPT Oaa Leaders - Resized

Optometry Australia leaders met to plan the organisation’s strategic direction, charting a course from 2015 to 2018.

 

OCTOBER

ProVision marks 25 years

OCT AIO Board - Resized

ProVision celebrated its 25th anniversary—and 400th member—this year at a conference in Hobart, marking its achievements in growing independent practice throughout Australia. Pictured are members of the second board of Australia’s Independent Optometrists, now ProVision, (L-R) John Jennings, Andrew Thomas, Brian Layland, Heather Waldron, Joe Chakman, Lisa Williams and Micheal Knipe.

 

NOVEMBER

All eyes turn to new CPD accreditation business venture

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Optometry Australia launched a new business arm, Eye on CPD, after being appointed as the program administrator to accredit the optometry profession’s continuing professional development activities.

 

DECEMBER

Profession prepares for Medicare changes on 1 January

DEC Medicare Billing Changes - Resized

Since May 2014 when changes to optometry consultations on the Medicare Benefits Schedule were announced, Optometry Australia provided members with regular updates on changes expected and how to prepare for them. With the changes due to come into force next week, the latest resources answer commonly asked questions and support practices to adapt.

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