ACO Continuing Professional Development – Clinical Workshops

Clinical Workshops  are practical demonstrations delivered in a small group environment.  These workshops are often conducted in the clinic at ACO Carlton to enable participants to practise techniques under personal instruction.  Participants are welcome to bring their own equipment. Each workshop attracts CPD points as indicated below and optional assessments are offered online for further CPD points.     

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2018 Clinical Workshops




AU CPD Points NZ CE Points

Saturday 6 May

9.30am - 1.00pm

Foreign Body Removal Workshop


Optometrists are becoming increasingly interested in - and adept at - the removal of embedded foreign bodies (FBs), particularly since the introduction of Medicare item 10944 to the Optometrical Schedule of Services. 

There will be a comprehensive lecture on the implications of each type of FB that can penetrate the cornea. During the practical session, the technique of FB removal will be demonstrated and useful hints will be offered to optometrists who wish to become adept at performing this important clinical skill.   It is expected that each participants will leave with an increased level of confidence in his/her ability to perform this important technique. 


See Therapeutics Refresher Weekend.  (Courses).  Can be undertaken as part of this or as independent workshop


Foreign Body Removal Workshop Registration form


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Member Price $329

Non-member price $430

Sat 16 June 2018

9.30am - 4.00pm

Paediatric Clinical Workshop

Presented by Mr Tim Fricke, Dr Neillie Deen, Daniel Farrugia, Michael Yen and Christa Sipos-Ori


In this innovative one-day program we cast a focus on the underlying problem solving skills and methodology in your approach when assessing your paediatric patients. We provide a hands-on expert optometric perspective on accommodation and vergence dysfunction and apply interactive learning techniques, exploring a variety of real case studies via panel discussion and active peer discussion of assessment, differential diagnoses and management strategies. In the practical session we will consolidate clinical skills used in clinical management of binocular vision disorders and explore some vision therapy options. 

Further information and registration form

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Member Price $429

Non-Member price $693

Sat 23 June

9.30am - 1.00pm

Diagnosis of Glaucoma using OCT (T)


Presented by Dr Adrian Bruce and representatives of equipment supply companies


Optometrists are increasingly aware of the importance of optical coherence tomograhy (OCT) in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma.  Patients with glaucoma often have no symptoms and yet it is a potentially blinding condition if undetected. This clinical workshop will be particularly useful for practitioners who wish to develop their proficiency in glaucoma diagnosis and management.  The workshop will commence with an introductory lecture that will incldue the different patterns of loss in glaucoma that are evident with OCT.  Remarkably, modern instruments often allow the detection of change before visual field loss. Remarkably, modern instruments often allow the detection of change before visual field loss.  The latest information will be presented on conditions that may mimic glaucoma, including some brain tumours and other lesions.  Attendees will have ample opportunities to become acquainted with a number of OCT devices.  Representatives of the respective ophthalmic companies will demonstrate the ways to scan the optic nerve and ganglion cell layer and to gain maximum information from procedures.


Further information and Registration Form

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Member Price

$319 single session or

$462 for both


NON-member price

$480 single session or $699 for both

Sat 23 June

1.30pm - 5.00pm

The Use of OCT in the Diagnosis of Retinal Diseases

Presented by Dr Anton Van der Heeden & Mr Roman Serebrianik


The ability to competently interpret the results of an OCT scan is of vital importance for any optometrist who engages in the management or co-management of ocular disease. This clinical workshop will appeal to clinicians who regularly perform OCT scans and would like to improve their analyses of the data to assist them in the management of their patients.   Following an introductory lecture that will contrast OCT scans of eyes that are physiologically normal with those that have undergone various pathological changes, the presenters will consider a variety of case studies. Attendees are encouraged to bring scans from their practices to stimulate discussion.


Further information and Registration Form

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Sat 7 July 2018

9.30am -5.00pm


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Mini-scleral & Orthokeratology Contact Lenses

Mini-scleral contact lenses (CLs) offer some important optical, mechanical and therapeutic benefits over conventional rigid gas permeable and soft lenses. Adrian and Andrew will commence with an overview of the two important skills of corneal imagery - topography and tomography. This presentation will be followed by a lecture on mini-scleral contact lenses. Later in the morning, registrants will have ample opportunities to refine their techniques at performing topography and tomography. 


During the afternoon, the fascinating world of orthokeratology will be explored. An introductory lecture will once again be followed by an extensive practical session. Attendees will be encouraged to try their hands at fitting orthokeratology contact lenses and mini-scleral contact lenses.


Presented by Dr Adrian Bruce & Dr Andrew Huhtanen


Further information and registration form

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Member price $429


Non-member price  $693

Sat 04 Aug 2018

9:30am - 2:00pm

Inflammatory Conditions of the Lids & Lacrimal Apparatus, Lacrimal Lavage, Punctal Plug Insertion/Removal and Meibomian Gland Expression (T)


The external eye will be the area of focus at this CPD event.  Justin will start with an introductory lecture on inflammatory conditions of the lids and lacrimal apparatus. Later in the morning, Mae, Christa and Eddie will demonstrate the techniques of punctal plug insertion/removal, Meibomian gland expression  and lacrimal lavage.  Justin will offer his invaluable expertise to assist attendees to become more proficient at these skills.


Presented by Dr Justin Friebel, Mr Eddie Burgin, Ms Christa Sipos-Ori, Ms Mae Chong


Further information and Registration form

10T CPD Points (attendance)

2T CPD points (assessment)


Member price $352


Non-member price $572

Sat 25 Aug 2018

9.30am - 1.00pm


Binocular Indirect Ophthalmoscopy, Scleral Indentation,  Pre-corneal Fundus Lens Evaluation & Contact Fundus Lens Examination


This clinical workshop will certainly appeal to optometrists who would like to become acquainted with these useful clinical techniques and will also be of value to practitioners who would like to become more proficient at the procedures. The day will commence with an introductory lecture that will be delivered by Dr Rosie Dawkins; the skills of binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy, scleral indentation, pre-corneal fundus lens examination and contact fundus lens evalation will be discussed.  During the practical session, participants can refine their clinical skills of examination of the posterior segment. Dr Dawkins and Joe Choi will assist candidates in becoming acquainted with a range of instruments and lenses.  They will also offer some valuable troubleshooting steps that should be borne in mind when performing the procedures. 

Presented by Dr Rosie Dawkins and  Mr Joseph Choi

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Member Price $319 Single session or $462 for both


Non-member price 

$480 single session or $699 for both

Sat 25 Aug 2018

1.30pm - 5.00pm

Gonioscopy and other Glaucoma Assessment Techniques


This workshop is ideal for optometrists who would like to learn the fundamentals of gonioscopy or for those clinicians who wish to practise the technique more competently. Nathan will commence proceedings with a discussion on the importance of gonioscopy in the assessment and management of glaucoma.  Nathan will review the observations of the irido-corneal angle and discuss the anomalies that an optometrist is likely to encounter. During the practical session, Nathan and John will demonstrate the use of a variety of gonioscopic lenses, the procedure of optical coherence tomography (OCT) of the anterior segment and the technique of pachymetry.


Presented by Dr Nathan Kerr and Mr John Komser


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 *(T) Therapeutically Endorsed CPD

Note: 1.  Details are accurate at time of publication but the ACO reserves the right to make changes as required.   2.  Events are subject to sufficient participant numbers.  3. Clinical Workshops often involve direct examination of subjects and participants are required to be a registered optometrist in Australia or New Zealand and hold current professional indemnity insurance. Refer to the ACO CPD Policy.

Download the Registration form above.
Register and pay online (Non members can also register and pay here)
Or call 03 9349 7477 with your credit card details (MasterCard and Visa only)
Venue Information

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Australian College of Optometry, Corner Keppel and Cardigan Streets, Carlton, Victoria

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ACO Continuing Professional Development Policy

The ACO CPD policy explains the terms and conditions relating to all ACO CPD, including refunds and cancellation of events more

Contact Information

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