Australia’s two largest optical dispensing associations, which have gradually drifted apart since industry deregulation, have agreed to settle their differences and reunite. In a major development for the profession, the Australian Dispensing Opticians Association (ADOA) and the ADOA’s Victorian chapter revealed to Insight they have agreed to join forces and will once again and represent all optical dispensers, including those employed at optometry chains.
Ms Amelia Roberts, president of ADOA – the NSW-based national body – told Insight that ADOA Victoria vice president Mr Leigh Robinson was integral to the reconciliation efforts. The appointment of herself and Mr Cameron McLeod as presidents of their respective associations was also essential to the organisations moving forward.
“Fresh blood brings a fresh set of eyes, ideas and points of view. We all agreed in February and voted in March that whilst we can’t change the past we can lead the future and that future is stronger together,” she said, adding that the reunited body will first appear together at the O=MEGA trade show in July.
“We are in the process of having the bylaws rewritten and hope to form sub-committees to ensure we continue to grow as ‘the voice for all optical dispensers’. This is a big deal for us to be united again.”
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Topic: Optical News