Orthoptics Awareness Week (OAW) is an important event in our annual calendar. This year OAW will be celebrated from the 1st to the 5th of June. OAW is particularly significant this year because it will take place in the same week as World Orthoptic Day (June 1st 2020). This has created an opportunity to raise awareness of the orthoptic profession not only on a national level, but a global scale as well. The focus for 2020 is ‘Children’s vision – Seeing the future’.
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Orthoptics Australia officially appointed Jane Schuller as its 2019-2021 President at the recent Orthoptics Australia Annual Conference in Sydney.
The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel has issued a media statement regarding the Veteran Treatment Cycle Initiative:
“The health and wellbeing of veterans and their families is a high priority for the Morrison Government."
“We have listened to feedback from health professionals who deliver care to the veteran community about the need for more support to accompany the changes to allied health referrals, scheduled to start on July 1. The changes will now begin on October 1, 2019 to provide more time for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to meet with stakeholders."
Orthoptics Australia joins our 21 country member colleagues to celebrate this day. Read more...
The focus will be on global eye health care at the recently confirmed Congress of the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in June 2024. Read more...
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Australian governments must join forces with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to urgently address the national shame of a widening life expectancy gap for our nation’s First Peoples.
Orthoptics Awareness Week (OAW) is an important event in the Orthoptics Australia calendar each year. This year it will be held between Monday 5 to Friday 9 March 2018.
This year the theme is Discover the Depths of Orthoptics. The aim of this week is to increase the awareness of Orthoptics to the public as well as other health professionals. We want to highlight the fact Orthoptists are multi skilled in their roles and help manage a range of eye conditions including macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataract and and strabismus and amblyopia.
Each day will feature a different eye condition, how Orthoptists help diagnose, treat and manage these patients and well as interesting facts and statistics on these conditions.
Whilst not many people know what an Orthoptist is, many have been helped by one. We are continually aiming to educate the public about Orthoptics and eye health in general. We have so many good news stories to share. Orthoptists are involved with vision impaired children and adults, some are on the team developing the Bionic Eye, others are working with cutting edge technology in the fight against age-related macular degeneration….the list goes on!
Help celebrate and promote Orthoptics Awareness Week 2018 by following Orthoptics Australia on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and by using the hashtag #OAW2018.
Orthoptists are eye healthcare professionals who are university trained to assess and treat patients with eye disorders. Orthoptists are uniquely skilled in ophthalmic diagnostic services and specialise in children’s vision, eye movement disorders and low vision care to name a few, working across a range of settings including hospitals, private specialist practices and research centres.
There are currently two university courses in Australia that provide Orthoptic education; La Trobe University in Melbourne and The University of Technology in Sydney. The Orthoptics profession boasts among the highest education standards world-wide, with Australia recognised as being the first country to offer a University Bachelor Degree program in Orthoptics.
Orthoptics Australia is the national professional body that promotes and advances the science and practice of Orthoptics and advocates in the interest of members of the profession.
More information about Orthoptics can be found at www.orthoptics.org.au.
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