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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.

VOTE Trust Grants 2014 -2015

The VOTE Trust  is now seeking applications for grants of up to $10K.  Applications will be considered for projects which may include post graduate training and continuing education, undergraduate training and education and profession improvement.  For further information click here.

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

Low Vision Clinic Welcomes Referrals

The ACO's new Low Vision Clinic at Carlton, operated in partnership with Vision Australia, opened in October 2013.   All new patients are seen by both an optometrist and occupational therapist, ensuring a thorough assessment is made.  The ACO Low Vision Clinic is open to all Victorians, and subsidised glasses and aids are available to those with a Pensioner Concession Card or Health Card Card. Referrals are welcome from optometrists, ophthalmologists, GPs and others. Referral pads and brochures are available by contacting the ACO or a referral pad can be downloaded here.  

Eye Health Survey Funding

Vision 2020 has announced that it has received federal funding for the National Eye Health Survey to go ahead.

NACCHO Health Summit

ACO was a partner in an Indigenous eye health booth at the NACCHO Health Summit, held in Melbourne 23-26 June.  Our booth partners were Brien Holden Vision Research Institute, Fred Hollows Foundation, Vision 2020 Australia and Optometrists Association Australia.  Eye health featured at the summit with presentations from the ACO, Brien Holden Vision Institute, IEHU and VACCHO.  There was also a radio interview on 3 KND on Tuesday 24th June with Jimi Peters, Eye Health Project Officer VACCHO and Genevieve Napper ACO.  John Brumby, former Victorian Premier, was filmed visiting the Indigenous Eye Health booth by NITV. 

ACO features in segment on The World, ABC Television

Professor Hugh Taylor AC was the subject of a recent segment on the ABC's The World program, documenting his fight against trachoma.  Some of the segment was filmed at the ACO Carlton clinic and Lead Optometrist Aboriginal Services, Genevieve Napper, was interviewed.  See the clip here.
Lead Optom Genevieve Napper

Applications are now open for the August intake of the ACO's therapeutics course