Catalogue Number: 2483
Sub-Category: Newspaper, newspaper clipping
Association: Australian Optometrists Association (Federal) later Optometrists Association Australia
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: From 1980
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Australian Optometrists Association (Federal) later Optometrists Association Australia
Description Of Item: Monthly newspaper for members of the Australian Optometrists Association from February 1980 to present day. There is one issue every two months until June 1986 when it became monthly but since 2013 there has been no issue in January. Issues Vol 8 No 4 1987 and Vol 22 No 3 2001 are missing.
Historical Significance: The Association had a regular Bulletin produced by the first Executive Director of the AOA, Mr Keith Attiwill, (1960 to 1968) but it became less regular in the hands of his immediate successors. Australian Optometry was created to provide a regular source of news for members of the Association. The plan was that the Association's journal Australian Journal of Optometry should carry less news and be more focussed on publishing academic material and that Australian Optometry would be the vehicle for news. The journal was published every second month instead of monthly and the newspaper Australian Optometry was published in the intervening months. Joe Chakman was the inaugural editor of Australian Optometry. He was appointed as AOA communications officer in December 1979 but was appointed Executive Director in 1981. (See Chakman's profile Clin Exp Optom 2013; 96: 513-516). Sandra Shaw succeeded him as Editor of Australian Optometry in 1987 and remained in that post for more than 25 years. The newspaper is a good source of historical events affecting optometry in Australia since 1980.
How Acquired: Donated by Colin Bates, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: 6/10/2014
Location: Archived journals room