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Optometry WA Resources

Optometry WA resource information and updates you need to know from your OWA Office.  Click on the above blue Tabs to navigate on the Resources Section.

The Membership Tab contains current information on the 2020-2021 Renewal Offer of 50% Discount on Membership Fees for members, plus deferred payment options.

The Referrals Tab contains current information with reference to referrals in light of current COVID-19  pandemic.  Updated 30th March, 15th April & 10th May 2020.




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Optometry WA Membership Renewals

2020-2021 Renewal Offer of 50% Discount on Membership Fees for members, plus deferred payment options.

Renewals Now OpenClick here for all the information on Membership Categories & Payment Options

Optometry WA Hospital Referrals

Optometry WA has compiled a recent document to assist OWA members with the referral procedures to the hospitals listed below.  Please read this document from Robert Howie, OWA President, who took the time to compile this document.

Updated 30th March 2020 & 15th April 2020
Access to Hospital Referrals Procedures & Ophthalmology Contact Lists.

Optometrist Hospital Referrals Notes by Robert Howie – Updated September 2019

Fremantle Hospital Glaucoma Update – Oct 2019


Optometry WA Quarterly Newsletter

Here at Optometry WA we produce a quarterly PDF newsletter for our members with news articles, updates, adverts and a classified section.

To advertise or place an article in Vision, please contact the OWA office on or call 08 9321 2300.

Vision Newsletter March 2020.

Vision Newsletter June 2020

You can access all the 2019 Vision Newsletters on the State Publications page on this website.



Optometry WA Locum List

Locum list here in WA for those that want to work metro, regional or interstate.

Want to join the Locum List?
Please register yourself here by completing this short online form. Your information will then be made available to those that request access to the OWA Locum List.  You will be required to update / confirm your continued presence on the list from time to time.  If you have any queries, please contact the OWA office on  

Want to access the Locum List?
Please email to request a copy of the list be emailed to you. You must be an optometrist practice and adhere to our t&c’s for using the list.

Want to become a Locum?
There are some very helpful documents already available on this Optometry Australia website – Click here to go to the Career & Employment Section / Working as a Locum   The guides contain very similar information state to state and therefore there is currently no WA guide as the information you require is here. If you are in WA and need assistance with an aspect particular to WA, then please contact

Donations Gratefully Received

Here at Optometry WA we collect your old unwanted spectacles, sunglasses and cases and recycle them so they can be used again.  Spectacles are new or old, are used in our St Pat’s Homeless Eye Clinic and the annual City of Perth Homeless Connect.  The remainder go to the Acacia Prison for recycling in their dedicated, in house facility and then on to charities within Australia, as well as overseas aid.

Sunglasses (non prescription) and cases are just as important as frames and are greatly appreciated by those at St Pat’s and Homeless Connect.  We also gladly accept donations of new frames and cases, just contact the OWA office to arrange a delivery time to the West Perth or a collection if is metro Perth.

If you would like to set up a collection box in your practice, please contact the OWA office on

CPR Courses with Time Critical

Optometry WA works with Time Critical to provide CPR courses for our members on Sunday mornings…  Once you complete your course, you can upload the certificate to the OA Member Hub, tick that you are CPR Accredited and enter the expiry date of your certificate.

Time Critical has completed a Risk Assessment & put the following measures in place:

  • Adequate space to adhere to social distancing
  • Adequate ventilation
  • All surfaces have been cleaned and disinfected
  • Training equipment has been cleaned and disinfected
  • Adequate hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes available
  • Hand sanitiser provided throughout the course
  • Training equipment cleaned with alcohol wipes during session after each use

Need your CPR Certificate?

If anyone is wanting to do a CPR course, please see below for Time Critical’s courses – you don’t have to use this provider, there are many others available, but the courses are run on Sundays to hopefully suit our members who can’t get out of the office during the week or Saturday’s.

  • 26 July                 Book Here          
  • 30 August            Book Here
  • 18 October         Book Here
  • 29 November    Book Here

All are at the following address: Stirling Regional Business Centre,
45 Delawney Street, Balcatta  WA 6021
9am to 12.30pm     $65
T: 08 9207 2900 |  E:

Remember to put the expiry date 3 years from the date taken, as you are only required by AHPRA to take the course once every 3 years. You can also email the OWA office to update your certificate on

Rural Health West - Visiting Optometrists Scheme

Outreach program funding announced – Current and prospective providers, please read the information below.

Rural Health West is pleased to advise that we have been awarded new agreements by the Australian Government Department of Health.

A four-year agreement has been received for Eye and Ear Surgical Support (EESS), Medical Outreach Indigenous Chronic Disease Program (MOICDP), Rural Health Outreach Fund (RHOF), and Visiting Optometrists Scheme (VOS) for the period 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024.

Transition period 1 July 2020 – 31 December 2020

Due to the timing of receipt of contracts, Rural Health West will continue current services for a six-month transition period for EESS, MOICDP, RHOF and VOS (1 July 2020 to 31 December 2020). All current services in these programs have been reviewed by the Regional Services team and a Letter of Offer has been sent to service providers for the continuation of services for the six-month period.

Key upcoming milestones for EESS, MOICDP, RHOF and VOS

  • Transition period: 1 July 2020 – 31 December 2020
  • Funding round: Wednesday 5 August 2020 – Friday 28 August 2020
  • Assessment and approvals: September 2020 – November 2020
  • Outcome of funding round: December 2020
  • New services commence: 1 January 2021

Open funding round

Rural Health West will be holding an open funding round from Wednesday 5 August 2020 to Friday 28 August 2020 12.00 pm (WST). During this period all current service providers and prospective service providers are required to submit applications for outreach services from 1 January 2021.

Applications will be submitted through an online portal. To request access to the portal, you must submit an online enquiry form. Access to the online portal will be available from the commencement of the funding round on Wednesday 5 August.

Applicants will be required to submit Service Application Forms for the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2024, with a Budget and Itinerary Form submitted for the period 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021. Budgets for subsequent financial years will be reviewed as part of our annual review process.

It is anticipated that the funding round will be highly competitive, we therefore encourage applicants to collaborate with local stakeholders and work with communities to develop robust applications. Service proposals with evidence of community consultation and letters of support from local stakeholders are considered to be strong proposals.

More information regarding the open funding round and services from 1 January 2021 will be distributed prior to the funding round.

For all queries regarding the funding round, please contact the Regional Services team via email or phone (08) 6389 4500.

Visiting Optometrists Scheme

VOS aims to improve the eye health of people in regional, rural and remote locations by improving coordination and integration of new and existing eye health services and increasing access to optometry services.

For more information, please see the VOS Fact Sheet or Service Delivery Standards

Regional Services feedback survey 2017-2020 

With the end of the 2017-2020 funding period, Rural Health West invites you to complete a quick survey about your experience as stakeholder involved in the delivery of services funded through the Australian Government Department of Health Outreach programs.

Completing this survey enables Rural Health West to collect information on the administration of the Outreach programs, identify and action any areas for improvement, and inform our reports to the Government.

Service Providers who are contracted through the Outreach program(s) will be sent a separate survey to provide their feedback.

If you would like more information regarding the survey, please contact the Regional Services team.

Complete the quick survey