By Rhiannon Riches
Three Optometry Board of Australia members will not stand for renomination when their terms expire in August 2015.
Colin Waldron, chairman of the OBA and practitioner member from Queensland, will stand down. Community members Peta Frampton and Lawson Lobb will also vacate the OBA in August.
Nominations, including a new chair, are being considered.
The application and appointment process is confidential. Health Ministers make appointments to National Boards, under the terms of the National Law.
According to a statement from a spokeswoman for the OBA: ‘The term of all members expires in August. Given that Ministers make appointments to National Boards, it is not appropriate for the Board to comment further on the appointment process.’
Optometry Australia cannot disclose the new nominees but some state divisions of the organisation have disclosed which nominee their respective board has supported.
The Optometry South Australia board has supported current OBA member Ian Bluntish, who has renominated.
The Optometry Western Australia board has supported current OBA member Garry Fitzpatrick’s renomination.
The Optometry New South Wales board has supported current OBA member John Davis’s renomination.
Current OBA members
Colin Waldron: Chair and practitioner member, Queensland
Ian Bluntish: practitioner member, South Australia
John Davis: practitioner member, New South Wales
Jane Duffy: practitioner member, Victoria
Derek Fails: practitioner member, Tasmania
Garry Fitzpatrick: practitioner member, Western Australia
Adrienne Farago: community member
Peta Frampton: community member
Lawson Lobb: community member
*Terms expire August 2015