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September 1964

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Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn 55901

Arch Ophthalmol. 1964;72(3):444-447. doi:10.1001/archopht.1964.00970020444024

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Optometry in Australia.  —The Council of the Ophthalmological Society of Australia (AMA) wishes to inform ophthalmological societies and colleagues generally of the nature of new legislation governing the practice of optometry, recently enacted in the State of New South Wales. During its presentation to Parliament the new legislation was vigorously opposed by the Australian Medical Association, the Ophthalmological Society of New South Wales, and the Medical Faculty of the University of New South Wales.The new act has increased the clinical responsibilities of the optometrist in the field of investigative ophthalmology and has conferred on him the right to use certain drugs under certain conditions. The new definition of optometry is as follows:"Optometry" or the "practice of optometry" means the doing or performing of any one or more of the following acts, matters, or things, that is to say, the examination of the

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