Message from the President Peter Sumich
As we all creep out of our caves and restart our surgical practices, life seems to have changed…
Patient screening, temperature taking, protective slit-lamp equipment and social spacing are now the norm. There has been some confusion about the 25% rule in regard to surgical volume, although as the weeks go by it will become less critical. In the meantime, it would be wise to operate sensibly and not tempt fate by organising ridiculously big lists. The theme is conservation of protective equipment and minimization of crowding. Defer where practicable.
Over the course of the last few weeks, we have run several webinars to help our members navigate the difficult and ever-changing conditions that COVID-19 has presented to us. The feedback about these webinars has been overwhelmingly positive. The Cutcher & Neale hosted webinars covered industrial relations, investing advice and clarification on government programs. A short seminar last week to cover ‘The Road Out’ from COVID-19 and various miscellaneous ‘loose ends’ was also constructive to help keep our members oriented to mainstream thinking. Please check out the ASO COVID-19 Practice Toolkit webpage for regular updates.
The ASO Business Skills Expo is going ahead later this year and will be bigger and better than ever, with a 3-day line up now planned. The Expo will focus on both business optimisation and clinical content. The business / practice development will feature an increased focus on digital education – which has become more important this year than ever before. The clinical content will be targeted, practical and focused only on the kitbag requirements for 2020 and include topics such as MIGS, new medications and their application; an update on lens technologies and any recent advances in surgery – just the things you need to get revved up again!
It will be fantastic to see you all there!
A reminder that as of 20 April 2020, specialist and allied health service providers are no longer required to bulk bill telehealth items.
Providers are expected to obtain informed financial consent from patients prior to providing the service; providing details regarding their fees, including any out-of-pocket costs.
The most up-to-date information regarding telehealth are outlined in Factsheets and Frequently asked Questions here.
This is an evolving situation and we encourage you to please check MBSonline regularly.
Business Skills EXPO 2020
We are so excited to announce that our Business Skills EXPO this year will be bigger and better than ever.
Our new dates for the Business Skills EXPO for 2020 are Friday 23th October, Saturday 24th October and Sunday 25th October.
Yes, that’s right – we have increased our EXPO to cover an extra day of exciting, informative and engaging information. We will also be including clinical sessions to ensure vital CPD points are obtained.
The EXPO will again be held at The Grand Hyatt in Melbourne. Stay tuned for further information.
ASO in the Media
April saw another busy month for the ASO in terms of media appearances…
ASO President Dr Peter Sumich was featured on RN Breakfast with Fran Kelly:
and Board Member Dr Paul Athanasiov was also featured on ABC Radio in Adelaide on Afternoons with Sonya Feldhoff:
It was great to see the ASO featured so prominently in these discussions about the return to elective surgery and we thank both doctors for taking the time to help promote the ASO and good patient outcomes.
JobKeeper Package Update
Do you have questions about the JobKeeper package?
Alliance partners Cutcher and Neale have prepared a wealth of frequently asked questions about the JobKeeper package. Click here to learn more.
Phishing Awareness Tips
In light of an increased number of phishing attempts going around, we want to send some information out about phishing, and tips to help keep your accounts secure.
Phishing is the most common type of cyber-attack that impacts organizations both large and small. These attacks may take many forms, but they all share a common goal – getting you to share sensitive information such as login credentials, credit card information, or bank account details. In particular, the amount of COVID-19 themed scams, online frauds and phishing campaigns are becoming more sophisticated.
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is observing new phishing campaigns that align with breaking developments, such as government relief payments or public health guidance, within days, even hours, of these announcements occurring. It is therefore extremely important for organisations to remain vigilant against the threat of cybercrime in this environment. Read more: here.
The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps the government support and protect you, your friends and family. Have you downloaded it yet?
3 months FREE
For a limited time we are opening the doors to ASO Membership, totally free, for three months. Please share this link with your non-member colleagues and encourage them to take advantage of this special offer.
Can Your Patients Find You?
The ASO’s “Find An Ophthalmologist” service helps patients make informed decisions about their care. Remember to update your details now if you haven’t already.
And The Winner Is….
Congratulations to everyone who entered our book giveaway in the April’s Bulletin. We were overwhelmed with entries.
Special congratulations to Jay Yohendran to won a copy of Daniel Pink’s New York Times best seller, When. Happy reading Jay.
Cutcher & Neale Investment Performance 2020
With the fastest stock market decline ever recorded in the first quarter of 2020, we are very proud to report that Cutcher & Neale Managed Discretionary Accounts not only cushioned the severe impact of the COVID – 19 correction, but outperformed benchmarks and were actually able to make money in these volatile times in 3 out of 4 model equity portfolios.
Welcome aboard to the new members who have recently joined the ASO:
Dr Thomas Campbell
Dr Michael Brown
Dr Nathan Wong
Dr Charles Hopley
Dr Michael Davies
Dr Michael Karpa
Dr Jayne Camugli
Dr Shivesh Varma
Dr Hannah Clark
Dr Katherine Masselo
Dr Anthony Yao