Professional Development/Events

CPD Calendar of Events

Click on the links in the Event/Location columns of the calendars below to be taken to the relevant event details or organiser's email address.

Optometry NSW/ACT CPD

Date Event/Location/Contact/Link CPD Points
20/6/2018

Pharmacy/GP Engagement Evening
Dom Willson

Water's Edge
1 Buller Street, Port Macquarie

6.30pm - Red flags in red eye management
8.10pm - Working together: Glaucoma treatment in 2018

  • OA members - no cost register HERE
  • Dinner served betwen lectures
  • GPs and Pharmacists contact us on:
    (02) 9712 2199 or via email
4/7/2018

Pharmacy/GP Engagement Evening
Jack Phu

Quality Inn
165 Whylandra Street, Dubbo

6.30pm - Red flags in red eye management
8.10pm - Working together: Glaucoma treatment in 2018

  • OA members - no cost register HERE
  • Dinner served betwen lectures
  • GPs and Pharmacists contact us on:
    (02) 9712 2199 or via email
25/7/2018

Pharmacy/GP Engagement Evening
Jack Phu

Quest Hotel
130 Kinghorne St, Nowra

6.30pm - Red flags in red eye management
8.10pm - Working together: Glaucoma treatment in 2018

  • OA members - no cost register HERE
  • Dinner served betwen lectures
  • GPs and Pharmacists contact us on:
    (02) 9712 2199 or via email
24-26/08/2018

OA NSW/ACT Ski Conference
Thredbo Apline Hotel

  • OA Member $495 - register HERE
  • Non-OA Member $990 - register HERE
5/9/2018

Education Evening Workshop with CFEH

6.30pm - 9pm: Myopia Progression and Control for Beginners: Who, Why and How?

  • OA members - $49 register HERE
  • Non-OA members - $199 register HERE
7.5 (including 4.5T)
14/10/2018

Canberra Conference: Myopia Primer
National Gallery of Australia
Parkes Pl E, Parkes, Canberra

  • Program details to follow
  • OA members - early bird $195
  • Non-OA members - early bird $295
  • OA Members - register HERE
  • Non-OA Members - register HERE
19/11/2018

Haymarket Education Evening 
Novotel Sydney Central
169-179 Thomas St, Haymarket 

6:30pm - Liz Jackson: Assessing visual skills in school aged children
8:00pm - Jim Kokkinakis: Making myopia control work in practice

  • Program details to follow
  • Registration link coming soon
  • Also available via live webinar
6T




CFEH & Optometry NSW/ACT Learning For Vision Online CPD

The Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) and Optometry NSW/ACT have joined forces to offer Association members access to the vast library of CFEH videos, learning tools and resources at reduced prices, including a popular monthly webinar series and downloadable clinical resources, all of which are available via the link below.

CFEH & Optometry NSW/ACT Learning for Vision Online CPD


Industry CPD

Date Event/Location/Contact Link/Organiser Provider/Organiser
26/06/2018

Update on MIGS and Diabetic Retinopathy
Corner Rupertswood Road & Great Western Highway, Rooty Hill

Contact: Raj Chalasani
cataractandmacula@gmail.com

Western Sydney Eye Centre
26/06/2018

Presentation on Interpretation of VMT & Binocular Double Vision
Harvest, 18-22 Old Pacific Highway, Newrybar

Contact: Matthew Jolliffe
matthew@mbleyesurgeons.com

MBI Eye Surgeons
26/06/2018

Continuing Education in Eyecare
1 Bayswater St, Drummoyne

Contact: Monica Lette
monica.lette@visioneyeinstitute.com.au

Vision Eye Institute Drummoyne
04/07/2018

Interactive Ultra-Wide Field Fundus Imaging & OCT Masterclass
HOLY DUCK! Quadrangle Shopping Village, 100 Edinburgh Road, Castlecrag

Contact: Kathy Tran
kathy@northernsydneycataract.com.au

Jay Yohendran




Registration Renewal

Check your points now at "MyCPD Record" by logging in to Optometry Australia's Member Hub to view your accredited CPD points for this year, last year and your total points as per the Optometry Board's CPD requirements.

With the AHPRA registration renewal date fast approaching, now is the perfect time to review your points and contact the training providers should there be any discrepancies.


OBA CPD Requirements

Optometrists must complete a minimum of 80 points of CPD over two registration periods. A registration period runs from 1 December to 30 November the following year. Of the 80 points over the two registration periods:

  • A minimum of 24 points must be face-to-face
  • 60 of the 80 points must be clinical CPD
  • No more than 20 of the 80 points must be from suppliers or manufacturers
  • 40 of the 80 points must be in education related to therapeutic prescribing (if applicable)

In addition to the CPD points requirement, training in CPR must have been completed within the last three years.


FAQ

Does the requirement apply to all optometrists?

Yes. The CPD & CPR requirement applies to all registered optometrists who hold general registration with AHPRA. The only exception is if you have been granted an exemption or are in the non-practicing category. Exemptions are granted at the discretion of the Optometry Board of Australia.

I am a newly registered optometrist. Do I have to meet the standard?

Yes. All newly registered optometrists are required to meet the CPD requirements from when they are first registered. This includes newly-graduated optometrists in their first year of practice.

I completed more points than the minimum of 40 points in 2014. Can I count this towards my 2015 requirements?

Yes. You need to complete 80 points over two consecutive registration periods. If you completed 60 points in 2014, you will need to complete 20 points in 2015 to ensure a total of 80 points over the two registration periods of 2014 and 2015. You will then need to complete 60 points again in 2016. Optometrists are encouraged to undertake CPD each year to avoid heavy loads in alternate years.

How will the Board know if I have met the CPD registration standard requirements?

All optometrists will be required to make a declaration when they renew their registration that they have met the CPD standard over the previous two registration periods. You do not need to provide any records at this time. You only need to produce records to support this declaration if you are selected through a random audit or if required by the Board in the course of investigation of a complaint.

I have an endorsement for scheduled medicines. I am required to obtain 40 of the minimum 80 points over two years by undertaking activities related to this endorsement. How do I know what these are?

The Board has developed a definition of CPD activities for endorsement for scheduled medicines. This is published at the ‘Continuing professional development’ section under the ‘Registration standard’ tab of the Board’s website. Providers of accredited CPD can also advise if an activity has been accredited as education relevant to scheduled medicines endorsement.

For more FAQs, click here.


CPR

It is a requirement for all optometrists to be trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) as part of their Continuing Professional Development. When renewing registration with the Optometry Board of Australia each optometrist will have to declare they have completed CPR training within the last three years. Some of our State Divisions offer specialised CPR courses for Members.