International Orthoptic Association Member:

The IOA is a nonprofit organization.

 All funds received in the form of membership fees go directly towards achieving the goals of the organization and no fees go towards salaries for anyone who serves on our board. 

 

Our goals are as follows:

  • Pursue goals of advocating for and disseminating information regarding issues of importance to the Orthoptic profession
  • Sharing experiences at scientific conferences and through IOA networks
  • Provide access to professional development and career opportunities
  • Enhance opportunities in developing countries for the professional practice of Orthoptics
  • Provide networking opportunities with peers who share our interests in enhancing the Orthoptic profession by the promotion of its science
  • Provide an international voice for Orthoptics and a centre for collective action
  • Members would be joining the largest orthoptic association in the world representing orthoptists from 26 different countries
  • Members would be able to participate in shaping the  international standards for the orthoptic profession (professional practice, education and research)
  • As an IOA member you would  also belong by virtue of your membership with us to the International Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Council and the World Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Membership with the IOA provides an opportunity for your national body to increase Orthoptic visibility and awareness nationally.  The IOA will work with your national body to strive to promote and educate the public on the importance of your role as a health care professional.
  • IOA members also benefit from reduced Scientific IOA Congress rates at the largest Orthoptic Scientific Symposia held such as the IOA Congress held 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. These meetings offer the latest in research findings in the field of Orthoptics and related disciplines.
  • Members also have access to IOA Scientific Congress abstracts.
  • Members receive orthoptic newsletters
  • Members are provided with access to IOA surveys and the feedback gained. These surveys include an International Vision Screening survey and the Orthoptics Worldwide survey (on worldwide working conditions for Orthoptists, country access to work, training requirements for Orthoptics and average salaries per country).
  • Members are provided with access to IOA Orthoptic promotional material (World Orthoptic Day) that promotes the profession and education of Orthoptists
  • Members can participate in International Orthoptic development by adopting a partner country or becoming an International Orthoptic volunteer and sharing their clinical or instructional expertise.
  • Members have access to IOA Orthoptic news and items of interest on the IOA website adn IOA Social Media
  • Members also have access to IOA job exchanges and offers as well as links to IOA full member country and associate member country web sites, Orthoptic journals and related international bodies. 
  • Members may participate in IOA networking.  Four IOA networks have been developed for low vision, vision screening, education and training, and neuro-orthoptics.
  • IOA members also benefit from reduced Scientific IOA Congress rates at the largest Orthoptic Scientific Symposia held such as the IOA Congress held in 2016 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. These meetings offer the latest in research findings in the field of Orthoptics and related disciplines.

 

 

Forms of membership:

There are two forms of membership open to an association such as yours: Full membership or associate membership.  Full members can vote and hold a seat at our Council of Management. This form of membership requires that you send a representative to our COuncil meeting at least twice in a 4 year period. Our next meeting is scheduled for Lisbon in June adn in 2018 it will be in Washington , DC. Associate membership has lower dues and does not require that you send anyone to our Council meeting. It also means however that you would not have a vote in IOA business.  

 

Jane invoiced you for members due for Full Member Country as per what yoru requested in your application. You may find assocaite membership more affordable. Associate Member Countries
Associate Members fee are calculated as follows:
£30 for the first 25 members + £1.05 for each member in excess of 25.  

 

 

Karen Mcmain

President IOA