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Requirements to provide CPD (Effective 1 December 2020)

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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is the mandatory registration requirement for all optometrists registered to work in Australia. Registration is mandated by AHPRA, via The Optometry Board of Australia (OBA).

Launched in 2019, the Optometry Australia Institute of Excellence has been purpose-built to ensure that optometrist members can identify and access high quality CPD which is quality-assured by Optometry Australia

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Benefits of Optometry Australia Institute of Excellence Quality assurance

When you become an Optometry Australia Quality Assured CPD provider, you may become recognised for the quality education and training you provide to optometrists, which helps them to meet their CPD requirements and learning needs.

Optometry Australia provides quality assurance of CPD activities that meet the requirements developed by the OBA as required under the national Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009.

Institute of Excellence Quality Assurance is not required by the OBA, but it enables CPD providers to:

  • Promote educational activities or events on Optometry Australia’s Institute of Excellence CPD Calendar
  • Promote educational activities or events with a time-based CPD logo provided for advertising purposes
  • Upload attendance data so that the amount of CPD hours undertaken by optometrists can be automatically uploaded to their CPD record and learning plan
  • Further promote educational activities or events via a course shell and dedicated page on Optometry Australia’s online learning platform
  • Have independent learning educational activities hosted by Optometry Australia’s online learning platform, with the content managed and CPD hours allocated to optometrists upon completion of the activity

Delivering a CPD activity that is not quality assured by Optometry Australia results in additional record-keeping requirements for optometrists and their attendance may not be suitable in meeting their professional development needs. This can impact on the attendance of such CPD activities by optometrists.

Questions? Contact our CPD team at cpd@optometry.org.au or call 1800 393 273.

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