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Federal government dumps its $7 co-payment – for the moment

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The federal government for the moment has dumped its proposed $7 co-payment for visits to general medical practitioners and several types of specialists in order to be able to have more of its budget legislation passed by Parliament. The decision to dump the $7 co-payment was made on 2 October after the Senate was on course to reject the enabling legislation, particularly as the Palmer United Party said it would not agree to its passage. ...read more

Specsavers triumphs in 5-year UK trademark battle with Asda

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Specsavers has triumphed in a five-year trademark battle with British supermarket group Asda, which went all the way to the European Court of Justice. In a Court of Appeal hearing in October, Specsavers brought an end to its long-standing battle started with Asda after Lord Justice Kitchin and Lady Justice Black ruled that it should be able to retain a trademark for its oval shape alone, reversing a High Court decision in 2010. The Court of Appeal hearing hinged solely on whether or not Specsavers could restore its wordless trademark, enabling it to defend its logo in the future, after Asda and Specsavers settled their infringement dispute in 2012. ...read more

5,000 ophthalmology trainees using online study tool

Thursday, October 23, 2014

There are about 5,000 users of the OphthoQuestions.com subscription-based online study tool designed to assists ophthalmology trainees prepare for examinations and to learn high-yield clinical information. About 80 per cent of users are from the United States, 10 per cent from Britain and the other 10 per cent from the rest of the world. It is hoped to grow the subscriber base in Australia as it is felt the website would be “extremely helpful” for trainees as they prepare for their exams while also helping them in everyday clinical duties. ...read more

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