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Macular Degeneration Awareness Week PDF
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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Macular Degeneration Awareness Week 2010 will be held Monday 24 – Sunday 30 May. Our thanks to our sponsors – Novartis, Blackmores, Optometrists Association Australia and bluedesk for their continued support of the awareness week campaign. 

The theme for MD Awareness Week 2010 is “How’s your macula?” This theme will run through the entire campaign including the seven week TV and radio advertising campaign, print and television media and the Australia wide direct mail campaign. 

The Australia wide direct mail campaign involves MD information kits being distributed to optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, pharmacies and healthcare stores, community centres and libraries and both state and federal members of parliament. The kits include “How’s you macula?” posters, stickers and brochures and information to further assist recipients in educating other Australians about Macular Degeneration. 

The MD Foundation team will also be out and about in Martin Place, Sydney on Tuesday 25 May talking to the lunchtime crowd and handing out information on Macular Degeneration along with yellow kiwi fruits which are good for eye health thanks to Produce Marketing Australia.  

Eye testing boost for Indigenous communities PDF
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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The Australian Government will deliver new or expanded eye care services to 106 rural and remote Indigenous communities. The Minister for Indigenous Health, Warren Snowdon, said the $6.5 million boost to the Australian Government's eye health program will cover costs for optometrists to provide services to many remote Indigenous communities across the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

A report from Melbourne University has found substantial problems with Indigenous eye health care. It says Indigenous Australians are six times more likely than other Australians to be blind. More than one-third of Indigenous adults have never had an eye examination.

SCOPE June 2010: Lectures and Workshops PDF
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Monday, 17 May 2010

The June SCOPE (Series of Continuing Ophthalmic Professional Education event, organised by CFEH (Centre for Eye Health), will consist of a series of lectures, plus interactive workshops and a panel discussion. The day is split into two parts and you can either attend workshops in the morning (option 1 from 8:55am to 2:45pm) or afternoon (option 2 from 10:55am to 4:45pm).

The lectures and panel discussion will be held during the middle of the day with participants from both options. More information can be obtained from the website of CFEH.

Vision Group institutes proceedings against ophthalmologist PDF
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Friday, 14 May 2010

Vision Group Holdings Limited (Vision Group) advises that, further to its announcement of 16th April 2010 regarding what it considers to be Dr Eshun-Wilson's wrongful termination of his service agreement with Vision Group, Vision Group has instituted proceedings against Dr Eshun-Wilson in the Supreme Court of Queensland. 

Amongst other things, in the proceedings Vision Group (or a subsidiary of Vision Group) claims:

  1. Damages for breach by Dr Eshun-Wilson of his service agreement and the purchase agreement under which his practice was originally acquired.
  2. The sum of $380,000 and interest calculated at the rate of 9% per annum as a debt owing and now repayable under a loan made by Vision Group to Dr Eshun-Wilson.
  3. A declaration that Dr Eshun-Wilson had no entitlement to terminate his service agreement.
  4. An injunction restraining Dr Eshun-Wilson from breaching the restraint provisions in his service agreement and purchase agreement.


SRC 2010 starts this Saturday PDF
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Thursday, 13 May 2010

The SRC will be familiar to many as Australia’s premier optometry conference, but in 2010, whether it’s your first conference or your tenth, you will find much that is new. Not least will be the new venue: Melbourne’s sparkling new Convention and Exhibition Centre, on south bank of the Yarra River. Smart architecture meets smart technology, in a building which has been awarded six stars for its green credentials, with sensational river views from its large picture windows.

SRC's focus remains first and foremost on providing a terrific education program, with a great line up of international, and Australian, talent.

More details can be found at SRC and Trade Expo 2010

Ophthalmologist conquers Kimberley to support eye research PDF
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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Ophthalmologist Dr Peter Van Wijngaarden has come third in a race across 250 kilometres of the Kimberley's toughest terrain. The race formed the Australian leg of RacingThePlanet, an endurance competition that challenges competitors to negotiate some of the world’s most difficult terrain. Competitors must run, climb and even swim to finish the race that covers varying terrain.

Around 200 people from around the world competed in the race which started at Doon Doon Station, near Kununurra, and ended seven days later at El Questro Station in the east Kimberley. During the seven day race, participants had to carry their own equipment and food in temperatures that frequently exceeded 45 degrees.

In competing, Peter raised more than $7,000 for CERA’s sight saving research programs. 

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