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Australian Government gives ground on cataract rebate PDF
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Friday, 30 October 2009

The federal government's backed away from its plan to halve the Medicare rebate for cataract surgery but patients are getting only $28 extra for standard procedures.

The decision, announced by Health Minister Nicola Roxon on Thursday, was forced on the government after non-Labor senators disallowed a regulation halving the standard rebate to around $312 from Sunday. The government will make a new regulation providing a rebate of $340 for standard procedures. Patients will be refunded $675 for more complex procedures, up from around $638. The new rebates are safe until November 16, when the Senate next has the opportunity to disallow the latest regulation.

 
Fred Hollows Foundation receives the Gold Star Award PDF
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

The Fred Hollows Foundation has received the Gold Star Award for non-profit video advertising at the International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands. The 90 second commercial features footage of the late Professor Fred Hollows and stories of people from around the world who have had their sight restored.

The Fred Hollows Foundation’s award winning advertisement has been showing on Australian television since June this year. It has received widespread coverage thanks to support from the Australian media and The Foundation’s agency, Adpartners. The other finalists for best non profit video advertisement included Action Aid, RSPCA and Operation Smile.

 
Vision Australia partnership secures national health grant PDF
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Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Vision Australia, in partnership with the Audiological Society of Australia and researchers from the University of Sydney (Centre for Vision Research and Menzies Centre for Health Policy) have been successful in securing funding in the first nationwide National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership for Better Health Grants.

These grants were designed to help researchers work directly with health organisations so that research results can be better tailored to real world situations. Partners bring both financial support and clinical expertise to the research.

The project, entitled 'Developing service policies for Australians with dual sensory impairment: An integrated collaborative pilot project', is led by Professor Stephen Leeder along with Associate Professor Jie Jin Wang, Professor Paul Mitchell, Dr Catherine MacMahon and Jane Ellis.

This is one of only six University of Sydney projects and 27 nationwide projects to receive funding under the new scheme. The project has been awarded $318,651 over 3 years to pilot an integrated, collaborative service model for assessment and rehabilitation of dual sensory impairment (DSI) in older people.

Separate vision and hearing rehabilitation systems currently operate in Australia, and these often fail to service and support older people with DSI in a coherent and collaborative manner.

In the project, clients who attend selected NSW Vision Australia clinics will be screened for hearing loss to facilitate timely referral to hearing service providers and ensure clients receive the rehabilitation they require to optimise their sensory function and independence.

 
David Mann Wins UNSW Speed Thesis Competition 2009 PDF
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Tuesday, 27 October 2009
An Associate Lecturer and PhD student in the School of Optometry and Vision Science has won the inaugural UNSW Speed Thesis Competition 2009. The competition gave research student's the chance to demonstrate their outstanding communication skills by explaining what their research is about, and why it is important, to a non-expert audience in under 3 minutes. First prize was $3,000. David Mann won the competition on 9 October 2009 with his presentation based on his PhD thesis, entitled 'Vision for Interceptive Actions in Sport'.
 
New Optometrical Benefits Schedule PDF
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Friday, 23 October 2009

The Medicare benefits for optometric services will rise from 1 November 2009.

The new schedule can be found at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/mbsonline/publishing.nsf/Content/Downloads-200911

 
Specsavers opens its 200th store in Australia PDF
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Thursday, 22 October 2009

It has taken Specsavers just 18 months to open 200 stores in Australia. Co-founders Dame Mary Perkins and Doug Perkins officially opened the company’s 200th Australasian store together in Hurtsville, New South Wales.

The company’s first store in Australia was opened in Melbourne and Mr Perkins now spends most of his time overseeing the new store openings on this side of the world.

 
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