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Optometrists Association Australia - Victoria is now Optometry Victoria

Optometrists Association Australia has changed its name to Optometry Australia therefore the State offices have also changed. This is a positive initiative to refocus the Association’s direction. By using ‘optometry’ in our name, we are sending a clear signal that we are working on behalf of the sector. Members have told us that the best way to progress the interests of optometrists is to focus our resources and efforts on advancing the profession and we have listened and we are responding.

MFAA CEO Phil Naylor decides to move on

The Board of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) today announced that Phil Naylor has advised that he will finish his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Association on 24th December 2014. In making the announcement, MFAA President Tim Brown acknowledged the outstanding contribution Phil Naylor has made in almost 12 years in the job. “Phil was appointed Chief Executive in 2002 when the MFAA (known then as the MIAA) was a small trade association with just…

Federal budget opens the door wider for exhibition and events sector to work more closely with federal government and its agencies

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) says the Federal budget has opened the door wider for the exhibition and events industry to work with the Government but it is too soon to make a call on how it will affect consumer and business confidence. Consumer and business sentiment influences the health of the exhibition and events industry so the EEAA will be monitoring the impact of the 2014 Federal budget on the sector. EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio…

Arinex recognised for excellence at MEA & wins industry Awards

At the 2014 Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) National Gala Dinner in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Professional Conference Organiser Arinex Pty Ltd was awarded: * Meetings Manager of the Year * Meetings and Events Management Organisation of the Year 8 or More Employees MEA recognised Lorraine Di Vito, Arinex’ General Manager AMM, for Meetings Manager of the Year. The Award accepted by Arinex’ Managing Director, Roslyn McLeod OAM AMM AFMEA said, “Lorraine has been with Arinex for…

ACNC submission to inquiry into Repeal Bill

 The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has provided a submission to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee inquiry into the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (Repeal) (No. 1) Bill 2014. The submission was made following an invitation from the Committee to ACNC Commissioner Susan Pascoe AM.  Titled "ACNC Repeal: effects on the charitable sector". The ACNC submission considers the impact on the charitable…

Partnership of Risk Policy and Complex Project Management

A global alliance between the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) and the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM) has been signed in Canberra, bringing together two peak bodies with key roles in Risk and Project Management. ARPI President Associate Professor Tony Charge said in jointly announcing the Alliance that Risk Policy is a new Decision-Making approach which can be directly applied to major and complex projects in all areas of society around the world. ‘Risk…

New CEO for Rural Health Workforce Australia

Greg Mundy is the new Chief Executive Officer of Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA), the peak body for the national network of state and territory Rural Workforce Agencies.  Mr Mundy joins RHWA after three years as CEO of the Council of Ambulance Authorities, the peak body representing providers of public ambulance services in Australia and New Zealand. Before that he was CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia.

OAA Members Inspire New Name and Direction

The peak membership body for more than 90% of Australian optometrists is proposing to change its name and refocus its direction in response to a major review completed last month. Optometrists Association Australia (OAA) is intending to change its name to "Optometry Australia" at the national level, and the six State Divisions intend to change their names accordingly, i.e. Optometry Victoria, Optometry New South Wales/ACT, Optometry Queensland/Northern Territory, Optometry Western Australia,…

Palliative Care Australia’s shift to social media to better engage members and the community

When I was asked to write this blog post I remember being a little taken aback. ‘You realise we only have 1,200 Facebook followers and about 1,700 on Twitter, right? Are you sure?’ But, although our following is small, our time spent on social has brought many opportunities to connect with the palliative care community; opportunities that have lead to real, tangible relationships with now-engaged and loyal audiences. I’d like to share a few of the things that have worked for us along the way. Identify…

ATA and CCMA Merge Industry Associations

The two major Contact Centre associations join to create ‘one voice’ for the Australian industry with the creation of a new association – Auscontact Association The ATA, (known previously as Australian Teleservices Association), and Customer Contact Management Association (CCMA) recently formally announced their intention to merge the two industry associations to become a new entity which will provide a single voice and comprehensive representation for the contact centre industry in Australia.…

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