ACO opens clinic in Elizabeth, South Australia

The Australian College of Optometry’s new eyecare clinic in Elizabeth South Australia was officially opened by The Hon. Amanda Vanstone on 23 October 2019.

Elizabeth Eye Care offers high quality eye care and bulk-billing for all patients, with no out of pocket costs for any diagnostic imaging that is required. The clinic also provides comprehensive referral pathways as part of its affordable services, as well as low-cost spectacles through the South Australian Government’s GlassesSA scheme. ACO CEO Maureen O’Keefe stated that the launch of Elizabeth Eye Care “marks the start of an era of expansion for the ACO’s clinical services, building on decades of delivering affordable eye care services to communities throughout Victoria.”

Reconciliation Action Plan launch

On 30 May 2019, the ACO launched its Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan. Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Colin Hunter performed a Welcome to Country ceremony, followed by a performance from the Djirri Djirri Dance Group. Kelvin Rogers, was also present to speak about his experiences as an artist and a Yorta Yorta man and to unveil his striking artwork ‘Journey Down The Murray’.

The ACO commits to implementing practical actions which will strengthen current relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, build new partnerships, strengthen the cultural competency of its workforce, build the cultural safety of the organisation and create employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The Innovate RAP has been developed collaboratively to guide us in walking with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities towards providing equitable and appropriate eye care services.

All media enquiries should be directed to:

Jane Trevaskis, Director of Education, Membership & Marketing jtrevaskis@aco.org.au or 03 9349 7490

Maureen O’Keefe, Chief Executive Officer mokeefe@aco.org.au or 03 9349 7400