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Optometrists wanted for collaborative glaucoma program

19/09/2018By Matthew Woodley
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An Australian hospital is actively recruiting optometrists to take part in a collaborative community glaucoma care program.

The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Eye and Ear) is hoping to engage up to 30 interested optometrists to participate in a collaborative glaucoma care program designed to provide improved community-based eyecare. The program aims to enhance community-based care by reviewing patients closer to home, in order to reduce travel time and costs, and make appointments easier to attend.

“With increasing demand in the public system for glaucoma care with an increasing ageing population, collaborative care facilitates timely access for appointments,” head of the Glaucoma Unit at Eye and Ear Dr Catherine Green said.


“This initiative will also offer an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the ophthalmology and optometry professions.”
Catherine Green, Eye and Ear

“We believe patients will appreciate being seen for many of their appointments at more accessible and convenient locations, whilst still having the assurance of the expertise of the ophthalmologists at the Eye and Ear. This initiative will also offer an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the ophthalmology and optometry professions.”

Minimum involvement criteria for optometrists includes:

•   Interest in glaucoma

•   Therapeutically endorsed

•   Optometry practice location within Victoria

•   Current registration with AHPRA

•   Proof of professional indemnity insurance

•   Humphrey Visual Field Analyser or Medmont Visual Field Analyser

•   Goldmann or Perkins Applanation Tonometer

•   Access to fundus photography

The initiative will provide collaborative care services to eligible patients with mild to moderate glaucoma who will be monitored and cared for in a shared-care arrangement between the Eye and Ear Glaucoma Unit and a participating community optometrist.

Participating optometrists will be trained in co-managing glaucoma patients, with three face-to-face interactive training sessions provided per year by Eye and Ear Glaucoma Unit ophthalmologists.

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Eye and Ear has applied for a total of 30 accredited CPD points for the three sessions. More information is available on the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital’s website.

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