Australian Society of Ophthalmologists announce new president

Dr Peter Sumich, known for his involvent in the 2009 ‘Grandma’s Not Happy’ campaign that convinced the Federal Government to reconsider a dramatic reduction to the Medicare rebate for cataract surgery, was endorsed last week. Discussing his new role, the incoming president said it was the job of the ASO to speak for ophthalmologists and their patients to ensure that Australians are afforded the highest standards of eyecare in the world.“From what we’ve seen so far, [Federal Health Minister] Greg Hunt has been methodical and detailed in his analysis of health policy and I look forward to working with him to ensure that patients are prioritised when deliberations on healthcare are made,” Sumich said.“Technology and new techniques are evolving at a faster rate than ever before and it is our goal to deliver these treatments at an affordable cost whilst not skimping on anything that would give patients a superior outcome.”Sumich further added that the ASO exists to protect, and when necessary, fight for high quality ophthalmology services that are both accessible and affordable for Australian patients.Prior to taking up the role, Sumich was ASO vice-president for the past three years, is also a former chairman of the Independent Ophthalmologists Network. He currently sits on the RANZCO Medicare Advisory Committee and the College Council, and represents ASO on the Council of Procedural Specialists.