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OA plans to “inundate” MPs ahead of election

13/03/2019By Myles Hume
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Optometry Australia (OA) has adopted a new digital lobbying tool that will enable its members to inundate federal politicians with thousands of key messages ahead of the 2019 general election.

With an election likely to take place in May, OA has launched a campaign calling for all sides of government to support its plans for a sustainable, accessible and effective eyecare system.

The organisation hopes to drive its campaign into the offices and devices of national policymakers with a digital lobbying tool, which can be used by members to send tailored – but consistent – correspondence to their local federal politicians.

“To help spread this message, we are asking our members to join our campaign by sending an electronic communication directly to the inbox of their local federal Member of Parliament and Senator,” OA president Mr Darrell Baker said.


“We are hoping to generate thousands of pieces of correspondence – all repeating our key messages – that politicians Australia-wide will receive.”
OA president Darrell Baker.

“We are hoping to generate thousands of pieces of correspondence – all repeating our key messages – that politicians Australia-wide will receive.”

Although the organisation has asked members to assist in a grassroots campaign previously, it will be the first time that OA will lobby in this way.

Baker added: “We must work together to ignite our collective voice if we want key influencers and decision makers to not only hear our messages but respond positively by working with us to create the change we need to meet a fast-evolving scope of practice.”

OA’s ‘2019 election platform’ has adopted four key principles, including, ensuring the relevant recommendations of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review are implemented, including the reinstatement of two-yearly rebates for examinations for middle-aged Australians, and reassessing scheduled fees for MBS optometry items so primary eyecare services are sustainable and accessible.

The organisation also wants to increase awareness of the importance of comprehensive eye examinations in early childhood, and support advancement in primary eyecare, including investment into applied research into new models of care.

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