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Tasmanian Government funds new campaign PDF
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Friday, 10 July 2009

The Tasmanian Government is helping to fund a new campaign to increase public awareness about the importance of eye health and vision care, the Minister for Workplace Relations, Lisa Singh said.

Ms Singh was at the headquarters of Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania to launch a new advertising campaign, supported by State Government funding of more than $85,000, to promote the need for people to care for their eyes. Ms Singh said that in Australia 80 per cent of vision loss was caused by five conditions - cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, under correction and over correction of refractive errors.

The public awareness campaign is a key component of the Tasmanian Eye Health and Vision Care Initiative. The project is the outcome of a successful funding application to the National Eye Health Initiative by Royal Guide Dogs Association Tasmania and the Tasmanian branches of the Optometrists Association Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, and Vision 2020 Australia.

 
ODMAFAIR opens this Friday PDF
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009

With only 2 days until ODMAFAIR 09 opens, be sure to clear your diary so you don't miss one of the most exciting events on the calendar this year, packed with special events, seminars, products and technology innovations.

Fair Schedule:

Friday 10 July: 10.00am 6.00pm
Saturday 11 July: 9.00am 6.00pm
Sunday 12 July: 9.00am 5.00pm

As a pre-registered visitor we look forward to welcoming you to ODMAFAIR at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, where you'll be able to catch up with everything and everyone you need to see to stay ahead.

Should you have colleagues or associates who wish to attend ODMAFAIR 09 but have not arranged their trade ID in advance don't worry - they will still be able to attend for free!

Click here to register them, or they can simply come along and sign in upon arrival at the Fair (registration desks will open 9.30am Friday, 8.30am Saturday and Sunday).

Remember it's a great opportunity to investigate and compare the latest equipment, products and services from 130+ suppliers. And you can take advantage of the 50% tax deduction for eligible assets costing $1,000+.
 
Acquisition discussions end for Vision Group PDF
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009
The Vision Group recently advised that further to the announcement dated 1 April 2009 concerning the end of the exclusivity period in relation to a non-binding offer to acquire the Company by a leading Private Equity firm, the Vision Group Board has decided to cease discussions with that party.
 
Specsavers launches legal action against Optical Superstore PDF
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Wednesday, 08 July 2009
Specsavers claims its rival, Optical Superstore, engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct over particular frames it advertised for sale at 70 per cent off or 40 per cent off usual prices.

Specsavers says in its court application that contrary to those representations, the spectacle frames were not heavily discounted and that in one advertisement the Optical Superstore offered a complete set of glasses — containing frames and prescription lenses — at a price that appeared to be for the whole item when it was for the frames only.

New pricing laws introduced on May 25, and backed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, require businesses to be clear about prices in their advertising and marketing material. The laws crack down on the practice of luring customers with a low price that is never charged when extras and other charges are included.

 
Vision Australia manager to receive Microsoft's MVP award PDF
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Friday, 03 July 2009

Kenny Johar, Manager Architecture, Innovation & Accessibilty (ISG), will receive a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award from Microsoft.

Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts recognised for their commitment in sharing expertise and deep commitment and willingness to help others in the community.

The award is significant as this will be the first time that Microsoft will present this prestigious global award to a person with vision loss. It highlights the difference that Vision Australia makes to the lives of people who are blind or have low vision in the community.

The award also recognises Vision Australia's success in breaking down barriers for the community in every day areas which were previously out of reach to assist people who are blind or have low vision to have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose.

 
Graduating Optometrists ready for Rural and Low Vision Practice PDF
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Friday, 26 June 2009
The delivery of quality vision care in both Australia and New Zealand is facing many challenges. High on the list are the inequitable spread of optometrists between cities and rural regions and the well-documented health concerns of an ageing population.

The Australian and New Zealand University Schools of Optometry are working together to investigate potential strategies to address these service inadequacies through improvements to the undergraduate optometry education experience.

The one-year project is funded under a grant awarded to Associate Professor Barbara Junghans of the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC).

The four schools of optometry are supported in undertaking the project by key stakeholders the Optometrists Association Australia and New Zealand Association of Optometrists. Major New Zealand optometry employer groups EYEPRO and Visique are also willing collaborators in project activities, alongside Luxottica and ProVision in Australia.

National surveys of optometrists are planned for release in partnership with the OAA in July 2009:

-Rural & Remote Optometry Services Survey
-Gerontology & Low Vision Survey

All optometrists throughout Australia are urged to participate and share thoughts and experience regarding graduate preparation for rural practice, and for delivering optometric services for elderly and low vision patients.
 
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