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Online course offers pathway to therapeutic endorsement

11/04/2018By Matthew Woodley
Places are still available for the Australian College of Optometry (ACO)’s online certificate in ocular therapeutics, which is due to start on Monday.

The Optometry Board of Australia-approved course, through which optometrists can become therapeutically qualified, provides flexible, self-paced learning and obviates the need for face-to-face classes. A range of topics, including general principles of disease and ocular diseases and therapeutic management are contained within the course, which also offers live, interactive webinars and online discussion forums.

“My clinical practice is much better now as I can help patients with the medicines available without a lengthy trip to a hospital over an hour away.”
Anthony Savage, recent graduate

Recent graduate Mr Anthony Savage from Kapiti Coast OPSM (New Zealand), said his approach to clinical practice had improved significantly since completing the course.

“My clinical practice is much better now as I can help patients with the medicines available without a lengthy trip to a hospital over an hour away. Having many elderly patients, this has been a godsend,” Savage said.

“The course worked very well for remote learning. Having qualified overseas I was a little apprehensive in the style of lecturing in Australasia, especially having an online format. Nevertheless, the lectures and clinical placements together with the academics presenting the course made it a worthwhile and enjoyable experience.”

Aside from offering a pathway to a scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists, the course also provides 80 CPD points upon completion. Registrations can be made through the ACO website.

Image courtesy: Flickr | Daniel Zinder

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