Optometry Australia celebrates its centenary this year

Optometry Australia is celebrating its centenary this year.

A national body for optometrists was established in 1918 under the name The Australian Optometrical Association, bringing together six state organisations.

The six state associations  were New South Wales, which established a state optometry association in 1904, Victoria in 1911, Queensland 1908, South Australia 1913, Western Australia 1916 and Tasmania 1905.

According to A History of Australian Optometry by Barry Cole, (including some excerpts from History of Australian Optometry by Charles Wright, the first national conference of state associations was held in Melbourne on 3-6 December 1918.

Present at the conference were Messrs W Wenborn and WG Kett representing NSW (Australasian Optical Association); WJ Aird, HC Fisher, WHM Browne, W Nott and WP Wood (Victoria Optical Association); AP Greenfield (Queensland Institute of Ophthalmic Opticians); IH Qurban and EC Murrell (South Australia).

The first national president of the AOA was Mr HC Fisher (he was also president of the Victoria Optical Association).

By | February 25th, 2018|Associations|

RANZCO welcomes new partnership between Government and GPMC

A partnership has been formed between the Australian Government and the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, which aims to aims to improve access to health care services in Indigenous and remote communities.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists has welcomed the new partnership, saying it is “a great initiative that will see greater collaboration between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peak bodies and allied health, leading to better health outcomes for Indigenous Australians across the country.

“RANZCO supports the government’s renewed commitment to Indigenous health and looks forward to working with the Minister for Indigenous Health, Mr Ken Wyatt, in developing a practical solution to closing the gap in eye health. “Through greater collaboration between the government and the wider health care community, we can further improve Indigenous eye health and achieve equity in eye health care for Indigenous communities,” The president of RANZCO A/Prof Mark Daniell, said on 1 June.

By | June 6th, 2017|Associations|

AMA releases revised code of ethics

The Australian Medical Association on 17 March released its new code of ethics, which was comprehensively reviewed in 2016 and ratified by the AMA federal council at its November meeting.

For the first time since 2006, the code has been substantially revised, culminating in the Code of Ethics 2004. Editorially Revised 2006. Revised 2016.

The president of the AMA, Dr Michael Gannon, said on 17 March that a code of ethics is essential for setting and maintaining the very high standards of ethical behaviour that society expects from the medical profession.

“The AMA’s code of ethics incorporates the values of the profession,” Dr Gannon said.

“The AMA is the peak body representing all Australian medical practitioners. Its code articulates and promotes a body of ethical principles to guide doctors’ conduct in their relationships with patients, colleagues, and society.

“While the primary duty of doctors is to serve the health needs of individual patients, they have additional, and occasionally competing, duties in relation to other patients, patients’ family members and carers, colleagues and other health-care professionals, the wider health system, and public health.

“The AMA places a very high priority on its code of ethics, and encourages all doctors to observe its values and principles.”

The updated code for the first time addresses:

By | March 20th, 2017|Associations|

Optometry Australia relocates headquarters

Optometry Australia has relocated its Melbourne-based national office from formerly-owned premises in Carlton to leased office space in South Melbourne.

The association’s new address is Level 1, 201 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.

The premises consist of a two-level retail and office building on the corner of Clarendon and York streets. The main entrance is on York Street.

All telephone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.

OA sold its long-occupied Drummond Street, Carlton, premises last year.


By | March 7th, 2017|Associations|