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Australian company Invetech wins MDEA Award PDF
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Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Invetech, announced that TearLab Corporation's revolutionary TearLab Osmolarity System has been recognised for its innovative design with a prestigious Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA). TearLab Corporation retained Invetech to assist with the development and industrial design of its instrumentation. The TearLab Osmolarity system is the first technology that can quantitatively and objectively measure Dry Eye Disease in a doctor’s office in seconds. Dry Eye Disease is a chronic and progressive condition that if left untreated can lead to serious eye damage.

The TearLab Osmolarity product won the award for its breakthrough design that significantly reduced the complexity, cost and patient discomfort of conventional tear testing technologies. TearLab was designed to achieve CLIA waiver status reflecting its focus on ease of use and consideration for the needs of both the patient and the clinician.

The patented approach includes a range of new innovations including a hand-held pen system which operates from as little as 50 nanolitres of tear samples, considerably less than current swab methods. The pen is a smart collection device ergonomically designed to minimize patient discomfort, avoid sample dilution from reflex tearing and minimise sample evaporation, providing repeatable, accurate test results. It houses miniaturized electronics and holds a high value, disposable lab-on-a-chip a joint development between TearLab Corporation and MiniFab, specialists in the development and manufacture of advanced polymer microfluidics for disposable diagnostics.

A desktop reader converts the results generated from the pen in to a quantitative measurement which is then displayed to the user. The entire process from tear collection to results now takes just seconds providing an eye care practitioner the opportunity to see more patients while improving the quality of care.
Natalina Paganoni receives special commendation PDF
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Tuesday, 19 May 2009

96 year old Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital volunteer, Natalina Paganoni received a special commendation in the 2009 Minister for Health Volunteer Awards.

For more than 30 years, Mrs Paganoni has baked cakes, raffled socks and sold toys to raise more than $17,000 for the hospital.

Even when she moved into a nursing home in Frankston she didn't slow down, instead taking her stall with her to sell goodies to the visitors to the home.

Her amazing dedication was honoured when the hospital collected the award on her behalf from comedian Corrine Grant at an awards ceremony on 14 May.

Marketing and Community Relations Manager Lyn Moorfoot said the award is truly an honour for Mrs Paganoni and for all the volunteers at the hospital.

"Our volunteer program is dedicated to making a difference to the eye and ear health of all Victorians and the contributions from each of our volunteers is greatly appreciated."

The Minister for Health Volunteer Awards have been established to celebrate and honour the remarkable work performed by volunteers across Victoria’s public healthcare sector.

Vision Australia celebrates its volunteers PDF
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Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Throughout May, Vision Australia is hosting its annual Mornings of Celebrations, which feature the presentation of Making A Difference Awards, Further Education Bursaries and acknowledgement of the contribution of our amazing volunteers.
SRC 2009 opens its doors tomorrow PDF
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Friday, 15 May 2009
From 16 May to 18 May, once again this year SRC (Southern Regional Congress) will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. SRC 2009 hosts a diverse and exciting range of exhibitors from the optical industry including equipment, contact lens and solutions and spectacle lens companies. A range of not for profit organisations working to support better vision are also represented.

Keynote speakers will be Dr Ron Melton and Dr Randall Thomas, and Professor Peter G Swann.

Dr Ron Melton and Dr Randall Thomas completed their training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1981.  They are Fellows in the American Academy of Optometry, and both served as consultants to the Council on Clinical Optometric Care and the Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association.  They have been consultants in the areas of pathology and ocular pharmacology to the International Board of Examiners in Optometry.  Both are members of the adjunct faculty at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, Pacific University College of Optometry, and State University of New York College of Optometry. They have been honoured as the 'Glaucoma Educators of the Year' by the American Academy of Optometry. They lecture throughout the United States and internationally on the topics of ocular differential diagnosis and medical management of eye diseases.  Together they have authored many articles in the optometric literature, including the annual 'Clinical Guide to Ophthalmic Drugs' in Review of Optometry.  Both are full-time clinicians delivering primary and secondary eye care.

Peter Swann was a faculty member in the School of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), for 36 years. He is now Adjunct Professor at QUT and Visiting Professor in the School of Optometry in Hong Kong. His main teaching interests are eye disease, clinical methods of examination and paralytic strabismus. He has lectured and published widely in these areas both nationally and internationally. In December 2001, Professor Swann received an Australian Award for excellence in university teaching.
Vision Australia sacks 130 people PDF
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Thursday, 14 May 2009
The sacking last week of 130 people at not-for-profit Vision Australia offices throughout the country, including 22 who are vision-impaired, has sparked claims of ruthless behaviour by an organisation that exists to help the blind.

Vision Australia chief executive Gerard Menses denied that services would be affected or that the organisation had been heartless. He said there was "no good way to tell people that their job is gone". He also denied staff had been marched out of the offices on Wednesday and said some people had asked to be escorted.

When announcing the job cuts, Mr Menses blamed the financial crisis for a drop in income that slashed its budget by $13 million to $75 million.

The Australian Services Union said it was "absolutely appalled" at the way Vision Australia had treated staff.

ODMAFAIR visitors and exhibitors key winners from 2009 Budget! PDF
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Thursday, 14 May 2009
In a boon for independent practices, key initiatives of the Federal Budget released May 13 include tax breaks for Small Businesses.

Small business will have access to 50 per cent tax deduction for eligible assets costing $1,000 or more purchased between 13 December 2008 and 31 December 2009. That’s a further 20% of the initial 30% bonus deduction announced in February 2009.

More importantly the pressure to rush purchases has been erased with the extension of the purchase period through to December 2009.

Optical Manufacturers’ Chris Hall believes the announcement will benefit the industry big time. "A 50% deduction is unheard of! I’ve been in the industry 36 years and this has never happened. We had the investment allowance at 40% and in those days that was marvelous for professionals.

We are showing rather unique and new equipment at ODMAFAIR – it's high unit value stuff, but with an unbelievable 50% deduction, there’s no excuse for people not to invest – this ruling offers people a real opportunity to invest in their business and future".

The time extension is an absolute bonus for visitors, taking the heat off them to make critical investment decisions. ODMAFAIR is traditionally the showcase for the optical industry where you can see the very latest. With this announcement professionals can take the time to properly investigate, compare and cross-match specialised equipment, products and instruments, and get the deduction on it all.

Put this together with the traditional discounts, specials and promotions offered by exhibitors at ODMAFAIR, and it’ll be like Christmas has come in July!
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