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By Helen Carter


Thousands of our members gained knowledge, useful tips and thousands of CPD points by watching our eight free online webinars in 2019.

The webcasts are free for members and students and covered a diverse array of topics. They were attended by 3357 people.

Webinar organiser, Optometry Australia’s Professional Development and Clinical Policy Manager Simon Hanna said the organisation had received great feedback, with members saying the webcasts were engaging and useful.

‘Thank-you to all those members and students who took part and supported our webinars in 2019,’ he said.

‘Not surprisingly myopia proved to be the hottest topic, with about 1000 people registering for this webcast in September and 720 of those actually ‘attending’ or logging in on the night to listen. We also had many people viewing the webinar later.

‘Five of the eight webinars had close to or more than 500 attendees tune in on the night.’

Our CPD team, lead by Simon, is working hard on the 2020 program, recruiting speakers, more partners and providers, and discussing topics for another engaging year of webinars.

‘We are hoping for as much support, if not more next year, from our valued members,’ he said.

Our webinars count as clinical face to face learning CPD points. Members can login to watch webcasts again or for the first time on Optometry Australia’s Institute of Excellence (CPD) web page by viewing our catalogue of webinars.

  • The September webinar, myopia management, was the most popular webinar, attended by 720 people
  • This was followed by complex contact lens fittings in May (609 people);
  • Five papers to change the way you practise optometry in July (543 participants);
  • AMD – best practice in March (479)
  • And retinal disease and collaborative care in August (460)
  • The November webinar on interesting cases in 2019 (link coming early in 2020), February’s flexible working for optometrists and April’s culturally safe service provision were also popular.


L-R, Optometry Australia’s Professional Development and Clinical Policy Manager Simon Hanna with the two speakers from August’s retinal disease and collaborative care webinar, Brisbane optometrist Inez Hsing and University of Sydney ophthalmologist Professor John Grigg









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