Catalogue Number: 2002
Ocular therapeutics in Victoria: the first 5 years
Sub-Category: Reports and submissions
Association: Optometrists Association Australia (Victoria)
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 2005 ?
Time Period: 21st C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Publisher/Manufacturer: Optometrists Association Australia (Victoria)
Description Of Item: Ten A4 printed pages reporting on the use of therapeutic agents by optometrists in Victoria Australia in the first 5 years in which optometrists had right to use and prescribe them. It includes a brief history of the acquisition of those rights and some data from a survey of therapeutically endorsed optometrists conducted in 2003. Also included is a separate one page of notes prepared by Professor barry Cole briefly describing the steps taken by the Australian College of Optometry and the Department of Optometry of the University of Melbourne in the period 1981 to 1992 to change the culture and aspirations of the profession and provide the educational foundation for the rights to use therapeutic agents
Historical Significance: Optometrists in the USA obtained rights to use therapeutic agents from 1976 (State of Virginia) to 1998 (All USA States). The Australian College of Optometry and the Department of Optometry of the University of Melbourne took steps from 1981 to lay the ground work for Australian optometrists to be culturally and educationally prepared to attain those rights. This is described in the 1-page of notes. The Optometrsits Act was changed in 1996 to allow optometrists to use drugs but there was a long period of negotiation to determine the schedule of approved drugs and set up the prescribed course of training that had to be completed by optometrists seeking to be endorsed to use drugs for treating eye diseases. The first optometrists were endorsed in 2000. See also Kett Museum Catalogue Nos. 436, 452, 1249, 1292, 1371 for related information.
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 5