Response to DoH request for advice on proposed MBS service for GP referred eye examination by optometrists


Date: 21 April 2015

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) thanks the Department of Health for the invitation to provide advice on the proposal from Optometry Australia.

At present, a GP referral is not required for a patient to undertake an eye examination by an optometrist.

Within this context, the College agree that GPs are informally referring patients for visual checks, optical aids and some screening.