Aussie ODs Visit Calgary

A group of progressive and accomplished Optometrists came from Australia's leading organization of independent Optometrists named Provision. This organization was established over 25 years ago and has 450 Independent Optometrists owners as members across Australia.

This Board of Directors toured Vancouver and then Calgary May 16 and May 17th. Their objective was to gain and discover new ideas from practices in Canada since the two countries have a very similar Optical industry and face many of the same challenges.


They visited a few of us in Calgary sharing their experiences in the Optometry business. There were a few differences; a major one was that there is no set international exam to write to allow practicing in the country as we have the OSCE exam here. Simply, anyone with an Optometry license, from any country can just write the license exam similar to our jurisprudence exam and set up practice anywhere in the country. The other major difference was that their capture rate on prescriptions was almost 80%, I wish I had more time to find out how they do this; perhaps a visit soon?

We had an entertaining few hours of fun! Diana

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