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Ahpra announces multiple Optometry Board positions

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The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) has announced multiple practitioner member and community member vacancies arising on the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA), in addition to the role of board chair.

There are four vacancies for practitioners across South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and a small jurisdiction (ACT/NT/TAS) and three vacancies for community members.

Practitioner member applicants for the OBA are required to hold current registration as an optometrist. To be eligible for a community member vacancy, applicants must not have been registered as an optometrist at any time and must be able to demonstrate their ability to provide community perspectives and voices to the OBA.

Additionally, all applicants are required to address the following attributes:
• Displays integrity
• Thinks critically
• Applies expertise
• Communicates constructively
• Focuses strategically
• Collaborates in the interests of the National Scheme.

According to Ahpra, the National Scheme has an important role in ensuring the development of a culturally safe and respectful health workforce that is responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples health and contributes to the elimination of racism in the provision of health services.

“To achieve this, we have committed to increasing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander leadership and voices on National Boards and warmly invite Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply,” Ahpra said.

“We are also committed to increasing diversity and social inclusion on National Boards. Applications are encouraged from people with a disability, people who identify as LGBTQIA+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.”

More information about the roles, eligibility requirements and the application process can be found within the online application form on Ahpra’s Board member recruitment page.

Applications close on Sunday 18 February 2024, 11:55pm AEST

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