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The impact of collaborative care – optometry and GPs

For Specsavers optometrist Laura Hou, treating a range of patients and a variety of cases is par for the course. Laura, who has been practicing as an optometrist since 2018, works at Specsavers in Salamander Bay, in coastal New South Wales. The Sydneysider made the move to the regional location, following the completion of her grad year with Specsavers. “I became...

Caring for our communities – update

Update: 30 June 2020 From March until May, Australia faced unprecedented and immediate disruption to all services as the country battled the unknown effects of COVID-19. Specsavers stores in Australia and New Zealand are now fully reopened, and we are focused on providing a safe environment for patients as routine care resumes. As we have stood up team members and started...

Using data to improve performance

When it comes to delivering quality eye care, optometrists need to invest time in developing their clinical and diagnostic skills. At the core of professional development is the ability to understand the impact of what we do on a daily basis and how this affects our standards of patient care. Without measurement of the patient outcomes, it is very hard for...

Supporting our first responders

Specsavers is participating in First Responders Day, an initiative spearheaded by the he Australian Retailers’ Association as a thank you to all of Australia’s first responders who have put their own health and wellbeing on the line to support the country during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative, which takes place on Thursday, June 25, enables medical and health workers, as...

Measuring the impact of eye disease detection

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Data plays an essential role in the eye care industry and is crucial in demonstrating the measurable impact of clinical interventions. As outlined in our most recent Eye Health Report, in 2019 Specsavers conducted more than 3.5 million consultations across Australia and New Zealand, accounting for almost 40 per cent of patients presenting to optometry. Our dataset is the largest...

New ‘SCC Online Series’ introduced in lieu of SCC9

The ongoing impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have necessitated the postponement of the annual Specsavers Clinical Conference, which was due to take place in September. In lieu of this year’s conference, The Specsavers Optometry Team will launch the SCC Online Series – which will provide a regular monthly program of CPD sessions for Australian and New Zealand optometrists. Points that...

Protecting sight during, and after, COVID-19

Since the beginning of level three COVID-19 restrictions in late March, it's no surprise that Specsavers has seen a reduction in the number of patients presenting for eye tests. While Specsavers closed business as usual, it remained open for urgent and critical care whereby local store partners looked after patients with urgent eye care and essential dispensing needs. While this...

Strong interest in glaucoma webinars

More than 300 people have participated in each of the first two glaucoma webinars delivered by Associate Professor Graham Lee in collaboration with Specsavers. Dr Lee is a cataract, glaucoma, cornea and external diseases physician and surgeon, and is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Queensland. He specialises in cataracts, trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, corneal transplantation, pterygium,...

Transforming eye health: Glaucoma

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With more than 3 in 100 Australians over 49 living with glaucoma and 50% of cases going undetected in the population, glaucoma continues to be a key focus for Specsavers’ Transforming Eye Health Strategy. In the video above, Specsavers Director of Optometry, Dr Ben Ashby discusses Specsavers’ strategy for increasing detection rates and the positive eye health outcomes for those...

Top 10 courses in MyCPD during May

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OCT, dry eye disease, and the ageing retina are among the top courses on Specsavers MyCPD Portal in the past month. The MyCPD portal is Specsavers’ virtual hub for optometrists that hosts live tracking of CPD points or credits and is home to a wide range of professional development resources and training. Currently, there are more than 30 CPD courses on...