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Homemieditorialmivision Issue 142 February 2019

mivision Issue 142 February 2019

Welcome to a new year of eye health and the start of a bold future.

Last year, Optometry Australia completed a program of workshops that involved the entire profession of eye health – from optometrists and ophthalmologists to universities, regulatory bodies, associations and suppliers. The aim was to envisage the future of the profession and the process was embraced.

As a consequence, the profession of optometry in Australia now has a clear direction going out to 2040. Getting there will require plenty of research and there are many milestones to be met along the way. Recently I sat down with Lyn Brodie, national CEO of Optometry Australia, to talk about next steps – her enthusiasm for, and commitment to delivering the project was palpable, and she told me, this is matched by her team.

The collaborative approach to developing Optometry Australia’s 2040 plan was impressive and indicative of what we’re now seeing across the sector in areas including clinical care, development of eye health screening programs, fund raising and the exhibition space. It’s also indicative of the envisaged future for optometry, which will see health professionals working together in the same physical space to offer patients more holistic clinical care.

You’ll read more about the 2040 vision in this issue, which also celebrates 100 years of optometry in Australia, highlighting key events that have shaped the profession.

I’m looking forward to working with contributors to bring you a new year of mivision editorial, with engaging industry stories, cutting edge research and an excellent program of CPD, along with the latest fashion news and event coverage.

As always, we welcome your suggestions and contributions… mivision in 2019 will be totally
unputdownable!