In 2014, the members of Independent Ophthalmic Network (ION) opted to wind-up the organisation as a formal entity with its role and function to be absorbed within ASO. A new entity, ASO Business has been formed to continue the education, social and representative activities previously undertaken by ION.
What was ION?
ION was formed by like minded independent ophthalmologists, owners of ophthalmic day surgery centres and laser surgery facilities dedicated to maintaining the doctor patient relationship as the cornerstone of practice, and not dictated by the need to deliver shareholder returns or performance related criteria and incentive arrangements from third parties.
The idea behind the formation of ION was to be seen as a counterweight to corporate ophthalmology with its differing philosophy and objectives, committed to rapid expansion.
ION provides a voice for independent ophthalmologists in relation to at least seven different groups.
- Government, both federal and state
- Public hospital and area health services
- Health funds
- Drug companies
- Referring practitioners
- Consumers i.e. patients
Key Principles of ION
- A commitment to the provision of excellence in Eye care.
- Mutual benefits to all members by virtue of association.
- Exchanges of ideas which may lead to further collaboration.
- Based upon the utmost integrity.
- The medical practitioner is in control of the patient outcome, has medical independence and philosophical direction of the practice.
Key Objectives of ION
- Facilitate a forum for an alternative voice to that provided by publicly listed corporatised ophthalmology.
- Enable an opportunity for the sharing of education and training in an independent company practice model.
- The potential to lobby decision makers and opinion leaders on issues that affect private practices, and be able to give our perspective to associated bodies such as the Society of Ophthalmologists and RANZCO.
- Encourage programs that will assist young registrars to enter private practice, through mentoring programs.
- Ensure that registrars entering private practice have access to the widest and most comprehensive range of Ophthalmic procedure training.