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ADOA Reports November 2013

Optical Dispensers are the ones that make your patients see… the ones to help your patients see… and the ones who finalise the way your patients see


Murray O’Brien

ADOA victoria will hold its next continuing education evening on Monday 11 November from 6:30 pm at Coopers Inn, Exhibition St, Melbourne. Dr. Anne Weymouth will give a talk titled “the glasses are good but the vision is bad”. Anne has done research on the effects of omega 3 fatty acids and how they relate to ocular health and, among other things, will discuss her findings with us. Please go to www.adoa.org.au and follow the links to book for what should be a very informative evening.

The ADOA Vic AGM will be held in December. Anyone based in Victoria who would like to nominate for a position on our committee and is a qualified financial member of our association is welcome to do so.

We are looking for new blood – if you are a younger dispenser and you would like to have a hand in the direction of your profession, please call

We are looking for new blood – if you are a younger dispenser and you would like to have a hand in the direction of your profession, please call secretariat Don Blanksby to register your interest:(AUS) 03 9536 3127.

ADOA Victoria continues to be involved in the review of the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing. We have made the case that the course should in no way be watered down by diminishing the technical content.
We will keep you all informed in this column of any further developments.

What a very sad announcement this was. Australian manufacturing takes another blow and one can’t help but think about where this is all leading to. Hopefully there may be some positive benefits for the manufacturers that remain. We would like to wish all the staff affected well with their future.


Grant Hannaford

Over the course of 2013 the president and vice president of ADOA NSW attended the optical advisory committee meetings for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Sydney. As always the latest meeting proved
to be worthwhile with discussion directed at improving the provision of service to our Veterans. As a result of this meeting a survey is circulating to enable the Association to advise on ophthalmic services for DVA. We
encourage all dispensers to complete this.

An interesting point was raised during the meeting regarding the nature of veterans today. With the many conflicts around the globe we are seeing younger veterans who have just returned from duty, so the notion of the ageing ex soldier is one that is changing around us.

There are a number of resources available for staff training in this area. We encourage dispensers to contact the Association directly or via our Facebook page to obtain information pertaining to this.

On another note, the NSW Optical Dispensers Education Trust is once again offering scholarships for the following:
Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing
Diploma in Practice Management
Nepal Optical Team

If you are a NSW resident with an optical dispensing qualification and you currently work in the profession, please contact the Association or [email protected] to arrange your application or for more information.