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By Kate Gifford
National president

 

At the heart of every activity we undertake and every decision we make are the best interests of the profession: we are Optometrists for Optometry.

As an individual optometrist you are a member of your state organisation, which in turn forms a federation of organisations that are members of Optometry Australia. Your membership supports services provided to you by both your state organisation and Optometry Australia.

Reflecting an increasingly nationalised regulatory and governance environment, our seven autonomous organisations have become more closely knit over the past few years and we are now in our first year of sharing a single strategic plan to lead, engage and promote the profession.

While constantly maintaining an outward eye on optometry’s place in the Australian health system through ongoing dialogue with government and stakeholders, we also need to maintain an inward view of how we best deliver services to you.

These eyes pointing different ways could make us strabismic, I couldn’t avoid a good eye analogy, but evaluating how we connect with you has brought about our decision to digitally migrate more of our communications.

This is our second-last printed version of Australian Optometry and we are looking forward to launching the upcoming Australian Optometry App for news and features, which will keep you connected in a simple and accessible format.

You have told us that the top three things you value about your membership are professional indemnity insurance, representation to government, and legislative and regulatory information and advice. Optometry Australia works to insure you personally and to ensure your professional environment today and into the future.

Our Canberra Advocacy Day on 19 October and ‘Stop the cuts to Medicare’ petition to the government are proof of how successful we can be when working together to achieve these outcomes, with 18,000 signatures and almost 30 MP meetings in one day an impressive show of strength from our small profession.

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