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Queensland Vision 2009 opens its doors this weekend PDF
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Thursday, 16 April 2009
Queensland Vision 2009 opens its doors this weekend at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. During Queensland Vision 2009 the majority of the State's 900 optometrists will meet to plan for their increased role in eye health care. Optometrists Association Queensland President, Ms Shannon Pugh, has convened the special meeting to fully inform practitioners of the precise role the new Bligh government expects from them. Optometrists and their patients were particularly vocal during the state election campaign through media, petitions, letters, advertising and lobbying election candidates, resulting in both Labor and the LNP endorsing new roles for Queensland optometrists consistent with those in force throughout Australia

Also, this weekend Queensland optometrists will continue their campaign against smoking related illness. Optometrists will receive training and information on how to help patients to quit smoking.

Furthermore, optometrists will learn from celebrated dietician Dr Rosemary Stanton how they can make a difference in the eye health of their patients. Dr Stanton will deliver two important lectures at Queensland Vision 2009.
New manager for Optometry Giving Sight PDF
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Wednesday, 15 April 2009
Optometry Giving Sight is delighted to announce that Judith Cook has accepted the position of Australasian Manager. Having worked in the Australian optical industry for 12 years, Judith will bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the organisation.

For the last six and a half years Judith worked for Essilor; most recently as National Sales Development Manager. In December 2008 she resigned from her position and went in search of a new challenge, which she found with Optometry Giving Sight.

Judith replaces Madeleine Whiting who managed the Australian office for nearly five years.

Prior to working with Essilor, Judith worked for CIBA VISION Australia.
Essilor to celebrate 50 years of Varilux at ODMA 2009 PDF
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009
In the vanguard for 50 years, Varilux has made its mark as the leader in progressive lenses. The pioneering spirit that defines the brand has not been challenged since 1959, the year when progressive lenses were invented by Bernard Maitenaz, a young optical and mechanical engineer from the Société des Lunetiers. Today, this same pioneering spirit – born of boldness, patience, determination and a passion for research, all solid Varilux characteristics – drives some 30,000 employees at today's Essilor, a multinational that dominates the ophthalmic optical market worldwide.

Essilor Australia is celebrating Varilux' 50th Birthday with its presence at ODMA 2009 and a birthday cocktail party on the Saturday night. Focusing on Varilux this year, the theme will evolve around Varilux' recently launched product range, the Varilux 360º Series. Essilor will also use the platform of ODMA to introduce additional new designs.

The much talked about Essilor Visioffice machine will be presented at ODMA, allowing visitors to trial the machine hands on. The innovation incorporates measurement capabilities as well as education and entertainment elements, the practice can benefit from.

The team at Essilor is looking forward to welcoming visitors at stand number 141 at ODMAFAIR 2009.
End of exclusivity period in relation to a non-binding, conditional offer for Vision Group Holdings PDF
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Thursday, 02 April 2009
Vision Group Holdings Limited advised on 30th December 2008 the Company’s Board had agreed to work exclusively with a party in relation to a non-binding, conditional offer to acquire the Company.

The exclusivity period expired on 31st March 2009, however the Company is continuing to work with this party with a view of bringing a definitive conclusion to this matter as soon as practicable. There continues to be no assurance that a binding offer will result from this process.
World first improves Glaucoma diagnosis through cyberspace PDF
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Tuesday, 31 March 2009
A new online interactive test for eye care providers aims to decrease the effects of the debilitating eye condition Glaucoma through earlier detection.

The GONE Project (Glaucomatous Optic Neuropathy Evaluation Project) ( ), a joint initiative of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Centre for Eye Research Australia, is the world’s first internet based system for assessing skills in diagnosing Glaucoma. Professor Jonathan Crowston, Head of Glaucoma at the Eye and Ear Hospital, said half of Glaucoma in Australia is undiagnosed. This is despite the fact that half those with undiagnosed glaucoma visited an eye care provider in the past year. In the GONE project, eye care providers are asked to look at 42 online photos of the optic disc in the eye and assess each photo based on nine characteristics and determine the likelihood of Glaucoma. Their answers are then compared with a group of Glaucoma experts.

Ophthalmologist at the Eye and Ear Hospital Associate Professor Michael Coote said if the experts and the practitioners do not agree, it helps identify which characteristics are not being picked up in the diagnosis process.
Locals focus on eye clinic PDF
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Thursday, 19 March 2009
The Prince of Wales Hospital Outback Eye Service has commenced its much-anticipated clinic program from the Cobar Primary Health Care Centre complex and according to the CEO of the Outback Division of General Practice, this will bring a considerable range of services directly to the people of Cobar.

The eye service includes a visiting optometrist, eye nurse and ophthalmologist and is a 100 per cent bulk-billing program – including access to free spectacles for health care card holders and pensioners.

The Division and the Outback Eye Service are currently working to raise funds for additional equipment that can be permanently left in Cobar to support procedures.

Outback Eye Services Manager Joanna Barton was in town last week and said there was a very busy clinic on both days and the indications were there was strong evidence of need in the Cobar community for eye health services.

The Outback Division has been working with the Prince of Wales Department of Ophthalmology staff and has a long association with the Outback Eye Service in Western NSW.

Plans to assist the Outback Eye Service get established in Cobar have been underway for many months including the lease of the former Dr Coleman Practice to provide much-needed space and facilities to support the clinic.
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