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Ophthalmic Nurses Form National Council

The Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association has announced the establishment of a National Council to represent the Australian ophthalmic nursing community.Joanna McCulloch, Chair of the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Associations National Council (AONANC) said the Council would not remove or replace its four State based Associations which are located in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.

“Instead it will support and encourage each region to work together on nationally relevant items, such as ophthalmic nursing standards, statements and qualification frameworks,” said Ms. McCulloch.

“Our members, collegial partners and ultimately our patients will gain the most from this development as we will be able to provide a clear voice and direction within both the nursing and eye care sectors.

“Our partner representatives, who have been working tirelessly for several years, to bring AONANC to fruition, are looking forward to working towards agreed goals, and of course, engaging with external peer professionals whose passion for eye care match our own,” she said.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO) has welcomed AONANC. In a statement, RANZCO said it believes this “main-point-of-contact in the ophthalmic nursing community will enable greater collaboration and engagement between the profession and the wider eye healthcare community.

“RANZCO recognises that this is a milestone event, marking the beginning of a new era of collaboration in the ever changing world of ophthalmology.

“RANZCO looks forward to working with AONANC in developing strategies focused on delivering the best care for patients across the country.”

The AONANC was formalised during RANZCO’s annual Congress in November 2016.