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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.



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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

VOTE Trust Grants 2015 Open

The Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust Training and Education Grants 2015-2016 round is now open, until 20th September 2015.  
Established in 2010, the Trust awards annual grants of up to $10K for projects that advance and foster the practice of optometry through research and education to improve patient outcomes.  
For further information and applications go to: www.optometryboard.gov.au/about/vote-trust.

Vale Brien Holden

Professor Brien Holden OAM, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, a Professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia, passed away suddenly on Monday night in Sydney.

For a man who dedicated his life's work to improving the eye health people around the world, "visionary" is indeed an apt description.

Brien HoldenBrien trained at the Australian College of Optometry and in the University of Melbourne, graduating in 1964 (pictured left in that year) and went on to have a pre-eminent career in optometric research and education: establishing the Cornea and Contact Lens Unit at UNSW in 1976, the Institute for Eye Research in 1985 (renamed the Brien Holden Vision Institute in 2012), the Research Centre for Eye Research & Technology in 1991 and the Vision Cooperative Research Centre in 2003.

CEO Maureen O'Keefe said, "The ACO Council and staff are greatly saddened by the loss of Professor Holden and we extend our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues".

ACO President receives H Barry Collin Research Medal

The ACO's President, Professor Nathan Efron AC, is to be the 9th recipient of the H Barry Collin Research Medal, awarded by Optometry Australia.  

The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to the advancement of knowledge in optics, vision science or clinical optometry by a person who is an Australian citizen or a graduate of an Australian optometry school, or who has done a significant part of his or her research in an Australian institution.  Congratulations, Nathan!

September 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 is 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 course will commence on 14 September 2015, an application form and further information will be available soon on the ACO-COT webpage.  Enrolments opened 22 June 2015.