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Eyecare Partners reports negative operating cash flows for last quarter PDF
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Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Eyecare Partners reports a negative operating cash flows of $292k for the last March quarter and a decrease of about 2.3% of income from receipts from customers compared to the same quarter of 2009. The income declined from $7842k in 2009 to $7662k in same quarter 2010. The March 2010 quarter operating cash flows have been impacted unfavourably by a one time $450k payment for staffing costs.
Sight Restored to 26 Indigenous Patients in Central Australia PDF
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Friday, 23 April 2010

The Central Australian Integrated Eye Health Program is a partnership between The Australian Government, The Northern Territory Government, Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation, The Eye Foundation and The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Since 2007, the program has restored vision to over 500 people from remote communities such as Docker River, Mititjulu, Kintore, Yuelamu, Ti Tree and Barkly. Patients have travelled up to nine hours to receive surgery that would not be possible outside of Alice Springs Hospital.

It is hoped that over 50 people will have their vision restored by the end of the week. 

The surgery session follows the recent signing of a Statement of Collaboration in Alice Springs - to establish a new collaborative framework and strategy to improve eye care in Central Australia.

The Fred Hollows Foundation has recommitted to raising $3 million to help establish a permanent facility that will service patients from remote regions.

Australia still waiting for Google Health PDF
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Thursday, 22 April 2010

As state and territory governments meet to talk health reform at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra, Google said it had "no time frame" for the deployment of Google Health in Australia, despite its CEO formerly saying he hoped to have the service available in Australia by late 2008.

Google Health allows users to volunteer their health records either manually or by logging into their accounts at partnered health service providers. The service is only available in the US.

On 18 March 2008, Google CEO Eric Schmidt was in Sydney talking up e-health. At the time, he acknowledged tough regulatory hurdles would need to be overcome first, but said he hoped to bring the Google Health service to Australia by the end of that year.

Optometry Giving Sight Australia is moving PDF
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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Australian office of Optometry Giving Sight will be relocating to Sydney. The new office will be up and running on Tuesday 27th April.

The Melbourne office will close on Tuesday 20th April. Judith Cook will remain Australasian Manager for Optometry Giving Sight. The contact phone number, 1300 88 10 73, will remain the same. Other details are as follows:

Address: PO Box 6378, UNSW, Sydney, NSW 1466

Tel: 02 9385 5207 and fax: 02 9385 5177 

Ophthalmologist terminates service agreement with Vision Group PDF
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Monday, 19 April 2010

Vision Group Holdings Limited recently engaged in discussions with Dr Thomas Eshun-Wilson about a payment that may become due to him under his staged acquisition agreement.

Dr Eshun-Wilson sought a payment which, in the Company's view, was substantially greater than the amount to which he may be contractually entitled. Further, in the Company's view, the staged payment requested by Dr Eshun-Wilson significantly exceeded the value of the business that was acquired from him. While the Company negotiated with Dr Eshun-Wilson in good faith and with the aim of arriving at a fair and reasonable resolution to this matter, with the best interests of its shareholders in mind, the Company could not agree to the staged payment amount requested by Dr Eshun-Wilson.

The Company advises that its service agreement with Dr Thomas Eshun-Wilson was terminated by Dr Eshun-Wilson 16 April 2010. In correspondence to the Company, Dr Eshun-Wilson claims that the Company is in breach of the service agreement. Following its consideration of legal advice and all of the circumstances, the Company has formed the view that these claims are without merit. The Company considers that Dr Eshun -Wilson's termination was wrongful and intends to institute court proceedings in due course.

Dr Eshun-Wilson practised within Vision Group's Central Queensland operations, predominantly in Hervey Bay and Maryborough. This practice contributed EBIT of $682,000 in FY09.

The Company will do everything it can to ensure patients in the Hervey Bay and Maryborough region are not unnecessarily inconvenienced by the decision of Dr Thomas Eshun-Wilson to leave Vision Group.

The Company’s clinic at Hervey Bay remains open; however, given Dr Eshun-Wilson’s sudden

decision to leave, patients will be inconvenienced. In order to continue to support the welfare of patients in the region, the Company would welcome Dr Eshun-Wilson back to the Hervey Bay and Maryborough practice under the terms and conditions of his existing agreement.

Queensland Vision announces name change PDF
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Friday, 16 April 2010

Recognising the changing face of Australian optometry Optometrists Association Australia Qld/NT resolved to give Queensland Vision a new, more nationally relevant name - Australian Vision Convention. In this year's edition, the exhibitor trade show featured more than 60 exhibitors displaying the latest instruments, equipment, frames and lenses and has been regarded as very successful.

Next year's will be from 29 April to 1 May 2011, at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre.

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