Optometry Australia represents more than 4,000 members and was established in 1918 as the Australasian Optometrical Association. The goal of Optometry Australia and its affiliated state-based membership bodies is to actively strengthen, protect and promote the profession of optometry and eye-health.
Optometry Australia a not-for-profit, professional member organisation committed to supporting its members and advocating for better health outcomes for all Australians. Optometry Australia provides information for other health professionals and education for the public.
Optometry Australia advocates on behalf of the profession of optometry, working closely with governments and other bodies to ensure a sustainable primary eye care system. The organisation also works to support the ongoing development of optometry as a fulfilling and rewarding profession that supports safe and quality care and timely access to eye health for all patients.
Current advocacy priorities areas for the organisation are:
- Securing fair and sustainable fees for optometry services
- Ensuring the optimum policy and regulatory settings exist to support a well-educated optometry workforce undertaking advanced primary eye and vision care
- Establishing and supporting a well-distributed workforce that can meet primary eye and vision care needs across the country, while ensuring a sustainable concentration of optometrists.
Regulation and accreditation
Optometry is nationally regulated by the Optometry Board of Australia for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a mandatory requirement for all optometrists registered to practise with the Optometry Board of Australia. The Optometry Board of Australia authorises Optometry Australia to administer the CPD accreditation program on its behalf, which includes granting of accreditation for CPD activities and assigning CPD points.