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Student registration no longer required at ORBV PDF
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Friday, 08 May 2009

For the past two years, the Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria (ORBV) has required optometry students to be registered prior to undertaking clinical training in Victoria.

However, the ORBV has now received legal advice that, since the Victorian Government has not promulgated regulations in respect of student registration and is unlikely to do so pending implementation of the national registration scheme, the ORBV cannot require students to apply for registration.

 
ODMAFAIR 2009 Visitor Registrations Strong! PDF
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009
There's no doubt - the hottest calendar dates in 2009 for eyewear and eyecare professions have been well established - 10 to 12 July - when ODMAFAIR 2009 takes off!

The number of trade pre-registrations received to date for the 2009 event - 13 weeks out from opening, is on par with those for the record-breaking 2007 event.

Registrations received reveal the Fair will once again enjoy strong representation from New Zealand and even stronger visitation from interstate professionals, no doubt taking advantage of the wealth of cut price airfares the current economic climate has created.

Having captured the enthusiasm and support of the industry over its past 17 showings, ODMAFAIR remains Australia's #1 trade fair for the eyewear and eyecare industry. The Fair has built an ever-growing loyal following of those acutely interested in all the innovation, technology and fashion the industry has to offer over the past 34 years and this is set to continue.

More than 130 companies will come together for the 2009 Fair to showcase the very latest the world has to offer over three days at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, 10 – 12 July.
 
Australian to win the Helen Keller Prize PDF
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Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Eye disease expert Hugh Taylor is the first Australian to win the Helen Keller Prize, an international award for vision research.

Professor Taylor, a former "second in command" to Fred Hollows and now a leading researcher, will be given the award this week in the US to recognise his work fighting diseases such as trachoma in developing countries and indigenous Australia.

He will be the 18th person to receive the award, which is named after the deaf and blind activist who became an international celebrity from the age of eight.

 
National Eye Health Awareness Campaign launched PDF
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Tuesday, 05 May 2009

The Australian Government has launched their National Eye Health Awareness Campaign.

The campaign is a positive step towards the elimination of avoidable blindness as it reinforces on a national level the importance of regular eye tests.

The advertising component of this campaign includes national radio and print advertising, as well as some convenience advertisements, targeting people 40 plus with messages promoting the need to "get tested".

You can find out more about the campaign at the Government's Eye Health Awareness website.

 
Carl Zeiss Vision to sell Lonsdale site PDF
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Zeiss Vision Australia will sell its Lonsdale industrial premises to raise operating capital for the company. The company will sell all five buildings on the Sheriffs Rd site and lease back a portion' on a new seven-year lease.

The buildings cover 14,000sqm of the site's total 46,981sqm, which includes an undeveloped portion of land. Earlier the company announced about 100 SA jobs would be cut because of the global financial crisis.

 
Microsoft makes huge grant to Vision Australia PDF
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Monday, 04 May 2009

Microsoft made it's biggest-ever Australian grant on Wednesday 22 April to Vision Australia.

The software grant, valued at $6.7million, is not only a massive boost for Vision Australia's service provision, but a testament to the importance of the ground-breaking work that Vision Australia is undertaking through its i-access program to digitise information services for people who are blind or have low vision.

The Microsoft technology grant will bring Vision Australia clients enormous benefits. For example the creation of accessible online communities, blog capabilities and discussion forums, will help people who are blind or have low vision to overcome key social issues such as social isolation and loneliness.

In addition, the creation of an online library will enable clients to subscribe to a variety of newspapers and magazines as well as download the content in a format they can access through assisted technology. This significant development has the potential to enable Vision Australia to create the world's largest digitally accessible library.

 

 
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