ADOA reports on steps gained with the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council in relation to a review of the Certificate IV course in Optical Dispensing.
Certificate IV Update
As mentioned in the October edition of this column, the Certificate IV course in Optical Dispensing is currently under review and the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS& HISC) had put out its first draft.
The review is part of a much broader review of all the Health Training Packages with one of the main aims being to improve the assessment aspect of the packages to ensure graduates do in fact attain the required skills.
In the first draft there were some areas which caused us deep concern, in particular amalgamation and deletion of some of the Units of Competency that we believe to be critical areas of skill and knowledge which are core to the field of optical dispensing.
Both ADOA (NSW) and ADOA (Vic) subsequently responded by writing extensive submissions to the CS&HISC outlining our recommendations for the second draft, which is due out before the end of the year.
ADOA President Martin Kocbek and I subsequently participated in the Subject Matter Expert Group Conference where we were able to participate in an extremely positive and fruitful group discussion, in which we freely put forward our recommendations and hopes for the qualification.
We now feel very sure that the ADOA view has been well and truly understood and that not only will no course content be lost, but we may in fact be able to expand and enhance the optical content of the course.
It appears the CS&HISC put out the first draft as a way to gain our attention, and if that was its aim it certainly worked! It scared the wits out of us and put us into action in no uncertain terms.
It has ensured a very solid Subject Matter Expert Group has come together which will in no doubt create a course that enhances the present Optical Training Package.
Murray O’Brien is the President of ADOA Victoria.
New Initiatives for 2014
This year has seen some great highlights. What a great fair ODMA was for ADOA. It was great to meet and speak with so many dedicated optical dispensers. The feedback we received, confirmed for us that high quality optical dispensing is a necessity for the industry.
As a result, in 2014 ADOA will implement new initiatives to highlight the qualified optical dispenser at a store level and increase public awareness of the dispensers’ skill set.
We are excited about the establishment of relationship between ADOA and the presidents from the Chinese and Korean Optical associations. These two associations are keen to develop a stronger friendship with us on an educational and professional level.
The release of the short clip Optical Dispensers, Indispensable has been very well received and ADOA is in discussions about the production of the next clip. To view the clip, visit our website www.adoa.com.au or our Facebook page www.facebook.com/adoa.ltd.
2013 saw the launch of NOTES as part of ADOA’s commitment to our members’ ongoing education. NOTES is a new and exciting way to maintain and enhance skills and knowledge in optics. Seminar topics include all aspects of optical dispensing and practice management.
Additionally, ADOA spoke at an industry day hosted by the Sydney\ Ultimo TAFE optical department. We thank TAFE for the opportunity to address future optical dispensers, in particular James Gibbon who organised the event.
I’d like to give heartfelt thanks to my committee members for their support and hard work throughout the year. Every committee member donates their time to ADOA and I am very proud to work with such a dedicated group of people.
To all our members, it has been an honour to be of service to you throughout 2013.
May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love and your life with laughter.
Martin Kocbek is the President of ADOA NSW.