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Australian College of Optometry National Conference 21-22 October 2017

The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) welcomed a record number of optometrists to its eighth national conference held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 21-22 October 2017. Delegates were presented with a broad cross section of optometry topics by accomplished speakers including keynote addresses from Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor AC on Indigenous Eye Health and Dr Daniel Chiu who delivered an intriguing presentation on Non-anti-VEGF drug therapy on the horizon for neovascular AMD. The conference program included a symposium on alternative approaches to the management of glaucoma, a panel discussion on the challenges faced in public eye health and a very engaging breakfast presentation on understanding the science behind visual illusions. Delegates enjoyed the opportunity to collect 40.5CPD points in a fun, collegiate atmosphere where networking opportunities with colleagues and conference trade partners were frequent, peaking at the cocktail party on Saturday evening. Maureen O’Keefe, Chief Executive Officer said “The ACO National Conference is fast gaining a reputation as a must-attend quality conference for optometrists. We wish to thank all our sponsors for their support this year and in particular Opticare our platinum sponsor”

New Release: Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Online Lecture

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The Australian College of Optometry has released a new online lecture as part of its independent learning series which is ideal for optometrists seeking to become proficient in interpreting Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) results.

Written by clinicians, for clinicians, "OCT Interpretation - By the Colours" condenses 10 years of OCT experience into an informative one hour lecture. Presented in an easy to watch online format, this lecture covers everything from the common conditions to the rare but serious.

Quality eyecare services

The Australian College of Optometry provides quality, affordable eye care services to Victorians through clinics in metropolitan Melbourne, outreach programs and a network of private optometrists in rural Victoria.

Anyone is welcome to attend an ACO eyecare clinic.  Subsidised glasses may be avaialble 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.


New Release ACO-GAP

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The Australian College of Optometry has released the first in a planned series of unique online programs for optometrists starting with the ACO-GAP Glaucoma Self-assessment Program.

This enables optometrists to self-assess their knowledge of Glaucoma and ability to provide an initial diagnosis within a simulated and timed patient consultation.

A limited introductory offer is now available.

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Improve Your Patient Care with the
ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics

The need for optometrists to be trained to prescribe medicines for the treatment of ocular conditions is becoming more prominent. With optometry graduates now completing their studies with a therapeutics qualification, the expectation of becoming therapeutically qualified has increased.

The Australian College of Optometry’s Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics was created to provide a quick and affordable solution to becoming therapeutically qualified for optometrists. The course provides flexible, self-paced online learning, allowing optometrists to successfully balance their work and home life, without the commitment of scheduled, face to face learning. Read Full Article

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