As part of the recently launched Working Together for Better Eye Care campaign, Optometry Australia (OA) is calling for members to email their local Federal Member of Parliament asking to put optometry on the political agenda as an urgent policy matter.
Working Together for Better Eye Care tables six, readily achievable actions that utilise optometrists, working collaboratively, to make a genuine difference in providing timely, sustainable and effective eye care to the Australian community.
We need our politicians to ignite important conversations about the unacceptably high levels of vision loss and blindness being experienced by Australians…
The campaign highlights that Australia’s health system is failing community eye health needs because not all Australians have access to the timely and affordable eye-health care that they need.
“We need our politicians to ignite important conversations about the unacceptably high levels of vision loss and blindness being experienced by Australians due to rising levels of eye disease amongst our ageing population,” said Lyn Brodie, OA CEO.
“By using our online advocacy tool to write to your Federal MP, members can help by calling on their elected representative to stimulate these conversations and from these, spark the debates necessary to generate policy change.”
Sarah Davies, OA Policy and Advocacy Manager, said that it is easy to get involved.
“As a member, you can access our online advocacy tool, follow the prompts and within a few mouse clicks, your pre-written email message will be on its way to your local Federal MP,” she said.
Ms Davies added that, “The more emails that our Federal MPs receive, the more chatter in Parliament House we can collectively generate and the more chance we have to initiate change.
“The last time we asked for your involvement in a similar campaign, you generated over 4,000 emails – so let’s smash this!”
To join the campaign visit: https://www.optometry.org.au/advocacy/how-to-get-involved/
Adapted and published with permission of Optometry Australia.