OAA backs OBA’s proposed glaucoma guidelines

The association believes the amendments proposed, in particular the opportunity for optometrists to independently prescribe glaucoma medications, are relevant and align with the objectives of the National Registration and Accreditation Sche and the growing eye health and vision care needs of the Australian public.The proposed changes recognise the experience and training of optometrists to undertake this role, the submission says. If agreed the change would continue to uphold the National Registration and Accreditation Sche principles that focus on increased access to services provided by health practitioners in accordance with the public interest – as well as the principle of facilitating practical regulatory arrangents making effective use of the relevant trained primary eye health workforce in Australia to meet the increasing needs of the Australian public.  The current regulatory arrangents are in place to ensure that only health practitioners suitably trained and qualified to practise would be able take advantage of this proposed change – those electing to independently manage glaucoma must do so within their competence and individual scope of practice.

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