ACO Continuing Professional Development – Courses

Generally conducted on weekends at ACO Carlton, these 3.5 hour courses provide the opportunity for optometrists to receive up-to-date information on the various topics offered.  Optional assessments are offered online for further CPD points.
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2019 Course Calendar    

The annual therapeutic refresher course is an ideal opportunity for each participant to become acquainted with the treatment of inflammations of the anterior and posterior segments, as well as the management of glaucoma.




Presented by CPD Points Aus CD Points NZ


Saturday 18 May 2019

9.30am - 1.00pm



Inflammations of the Anterior Segment (T)

Allergic Eye Disease, Infective Conjunctivitis and Microbial Keratitis

Episcleritis, Scleritis and Anterior Uveitis


Georgia Cleary’s session will commence with a classification of allergic eye disease, and the instances when referral is warranted. Georgia will continue with a discussion on the management of microbial keratitis (MK), and conclude by addressing the dual challenges of antibiotic sensitivity and resistance, together with the role of steroids in the management of MK.

Later in the morning, Graham Wilson will discuss the differential diagnosis and management of episcleritis and scleritis. Graham will proceed to talk about the classification of uveitis with reference to the Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature. He will explain the association between acute anterior uveitis (AAU) and human leucocyte antigen (HLA) B27. His session will conclude with a herpes zoster ophthalmicus (HZO), Fuchs heterochromic uveitis, Possner-Schlossman syndrome and uveitis-glaucoma-hyphaema syndrome. 

Registration Application

Dr Georgia Cleary


Dr Graham Wilson

6T CPD points (attendance)

3T CPD points (optional assessment)

Member price   

Full Weekend  $693

Full Saturday $425

SUN AM only $329



NON-member price

Full Weekend $990

Full Saturday  $710

SUN AM only $495

Saturday 18 May 2019

1.30pm - 5.00pm



Inflammations of the Posterior Segment (T)

Intermediate uveitis and posterior uveitis

Optic Neuropathy


Graham will follow up his morning’s session with an extensive discussion on the diagnosis and management of intermediate uveitis, posterior uveitis and panuveitis. Graham will list some useful laboratory investigations that that assist in the diagnosis of these conditions. Retinal vasculitis and the ‘white dot’ syndromes will also be considered.

Raj Pathmaraj will explore the optic neuropathies during Saturday’s final session. Raj will enumerate the sometimes subtle diagnostic signs that are used to differentiate between cases of papilloedema and optic neuritis. The latter condition is particularly serious when it is associated with multiple sclerosis. The last component of Raj’s talk will be a consideration of temporal arteritis. 

Registration Application

Dr Graham Wilson


Dr Raj


6T CPD points (attendance)

3T CPD points (optional assessment)

Sunday 19 May 2019

9.30am - 1.00pm





Glaucoma (T) - New Drugs and MIGS

Heathcote Wright will commence this session on glaucoma with an explanation of the relevance of intraocular hypertension in the management of the condition; discuss the various intraocular hypotensive agents on the market, including Simbrinza, a relatively new drug that has demonstrably significant benefits; and reflect upon the challenges that are associated with the treatment of normal tension glaucoma (NTG).

Simon Sklalicky will explain how selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) is increasingly being considered as the first approach in the reduction of intraocular pressure (IOP). He will discuss the value of SLT and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) in the management of glaucoma and will explain those situations when it  may be necessary to resort to trabecular surgery and cyclodestructive procedures.




Registration Application

Dr Simon Skalicky 


Dr Heathcote Wright

6T CPD points (attendance)

3T CPD points (optional assessment)







(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 participation numbers.


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Australian College of Optometry, 374 Cardigan Street, Carlton, Victoria

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