Welcome into 2021.
We’re kicking off this new year with a diverse range of articles that we hope will inspire you to look for opportunities for growth – whether that be in your clinical work, your personal and professional development, or the retail side of your operation.
Look to the news to discover some excellent examples of local and international innovation and leadership – from the story of a retail/dispensing turn-around in Wagga Wagga NSW, through to a tech solution for efficient drug distribution in Sydney and clinical research efforts coming out of Germany to prevent blindness.
Our lead story looks at the incredible work of Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor AC and his team at University of Melbourne, who tirelessly advocate for, strategise and execute plans to close the gap on eye health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Each year we receive the report on the Roadmap to Close Blindness. It has been a slow journey, but we’re getting there. Prof Taylor provides some insights into the achievements as well as the delays and frustrations along the way.
With new CPD requirements for optometry in mind, we bring you four fascinating articles to pique your interest and grow your clinical expertise. Two of these focus on rarer diseases that you may encounter in practice – giant cell arteritis and Fabry disease. We’ve also published a very practical CPD article on fitting contact lenses for myopia control and a more clinical article that delves into the potential for ultra widefield imaging to detect posterior segment disorders.
Need even more inspiration to refocus your attention on the year ahead? Look no further than our feature, written by Rob Ellis, about creating the wow factor in your business. While written with a focus on the retail side of optometry, the key messages are easily transposable to clinical practise.
Enjoy this issue.