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Australian College of Optometry release online refresher course

15/08/2017By Matthew Woodley
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The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has developed a series of online programs to help eyecare professionals tailor their ongoing education and bridge learning gaps.

Beginning with the Glaucoma self-Assessment Program, the series will help optometrists gauge their knowledge of common eye diseases, and also their ability to provide an initial diagnosis within a simulated and timed patient consultation.



It will be particularly valuable for practicing optometrists who seek to identify learning opportunities and test their skills.
Maureen O’Keefe

During the program, optometrists will need to complete a series of 90 questions that mimic the clinical process of diagnosis, before receiving both an immediate feedback score and a benchmarked score against others who have completed the program.

Should the user not obtain a successful score, they will be redirected back to redo the test and other educational materials may be suggested. After completing the program, optometrists will be able to reassess their performance free of charge within 12 months.

Aside from glaucoma, the ACO plans to release programs on diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and the anterior eye.

“[The program] is designed as a reflective educational tool and will be particularly valuable for practicing optometrists who seek to identify learning opportunities and test their skills against industry standards and their peers,” ACO CEO Ms Maureen O’Keefe said.

The ACO has also said the program will be especially useful for early-career optometrists who may not have extensive experience identifying specific eye conditions, and as a refresher tool for optometrists returning to the workforce.

Successful completion of the diagnostics skills assessment program entitles the user to CPD points and a certificate of completion from the ACO. Each program costs $100 plus GST.

More information:
• Course Details

 

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