The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has designed a new course for optometrists interested in working in the evolving field of paediatric optometry. According to the College, students who successfully complete the Advanced Certificate course will gain a comprehensive knowledge base with awareness of the different approaches in relation to management and vision therapies.
The course will be presented by seasoned lecturers including Dr. Nellie Deen, the current Head of ACO’s Paediatric Services who said, “The area of paediatric optometry includes numerous view points; this course is largely set up to present an evidence-based and best-practice approach. Individuals will gain knowledge and skills to help them understand and put into practice the ongoing care and management of paediatric patients.”
This course offers students a blended learning experience with a six month immersive online program and fortnightly forum discussions to promote peer-to-peer discussion of relevant learnings with colleagues, as well as traditional exams, practice placements, case reports and critical appraisal hurdles. Speaking of its structure, Course Program Manager Michelle Waugh said, “The unique differentiators of this course are that it offers an array of assessments in order to better probe the understanding in this complex area of optometry”.
For more information or to download the application form visit ACO’s website www.aco.org.au/professional-development/accv or call (AUS) 03 9349 7477.