our serviceour serviceour servicebecome a membermds

Patient and Clinical Services


The Australian College of Optometry provides low cost eye-care services to eligible Victorians through clinics in Melbourne metropolitan areas, outreach programs or by a network of private optometrists in rural Victoria.

You are eligible to attend our clinics if you have:

  • a Pensioner Concession Card, or

  • a Health Care Card

If you have an enquiry or would like to make an appointment please contact us on 03 9349 7400.



Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians
of country throughout Australia and pay
our respect to their culture and their past and 
present Elders.  We also pay respect to Indigenous cultures and Elders from other



Latest News

Vale Nghia Nguyen 1980 - 2015

Nghia NguyenThe ACO community was deeply shocked and saddened over the recent tragic death of Staff Optometrist Nghia Nguyen.

Nghia died, along with a close friend, whilst snorkelling at Fingal beach, Cape Schanck on 7th March.   Nghia was 34 and leaves behind his wife Huong, 10 year old daughter Phibi and the 9 year old twins, Tom and Dan.

Nghia was a very passionate person and would spend every possible moment talking endlessly about all aspects of optometry. Not because that was the only thing he could talk about, but because he loved optometry so much. Nghia became a full time staff optometrist at the Australian College of Optometry recently (after a number of years as a Sessional Optometrist) so he could practice optometry with a strong focus on clinical excellence. His keen interest in public health optometry saw him volunteering on multiple trips to Vietnam and Cambodia with Project HOPE to provide eye care to the poor and visually impaired. Most recently he had enrolled in the ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics course to broaden his scope of practice and provide leading patient care.

For the past 15 years Nghia also ran an incredibly successful tutoring school out of his house, teaching students VCE chemistry, math methods and specialist maths.   Nghia worked tirelessly to support his family; full-time, weekends and nights. He also found time to broaden his kids’ experiences, taking them to scouts and campaigning strongly for ‘proper camping’.

Nghia had a wide variety of interests outside of his work - he built his own electric bike and self-sustaining planter boxes of herbs and strawberries.  He grew an avocado from its stone.  His talents in the garden extended to the kitchen. And so did his passion. Only Nghia could argue unwaveringly how stoichiometry must be applied when making the broth of pho (Vietnamese beef noodle soup).  And it was delicious. 

Although Nghia liked to talk a lot, his determination meant that his actions matched his words. He thoroughly enjoyed the physicality of challenges, whether it was running, cycling or swimming. Nghia pushed through pain and injury to complete the 2014 Melbourne Marathon. An impressive feat given how busy his family life is.

A group of Nghia's friends, including a number of ACO staff, plan to run in the Melbourne Marathon 2015 in his memory in order to raise funds for his children. http://www.glenhuntlyeyecare.com.au/nghia.html

RIP Nghia, you are greatly missed.

April 2015 Intake of the ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics - Applications open!

This is the first online course in Australia that enables scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists.  Course content will be delivered by an expert team of both national and international presenters, via flexible methods including online lectures, webinars, forums and local clinical placements. The next intake will commence in April 2015, an application form and further information can be found on the ACO-COT webpage.