ECO Education Grant (SA) 2020
Applications Now Open

Have you ever wanted to undertake a professional development short course or attend an optometry conference interstate or overseas, but been held back by the cost?

The Early Career Optometrists Victoria South Australia (ECOV/SA) committee are excited to announce that the ECO Education Grant (SA) is now open for South Australian applicants.

In previous years, Victorian ECOs have had the opportunity to apply for this grant. This year, the annual grant of up to $1,500, is specifically for early career optometrists (ECO) based in South Australia.

South Australian ECO’s can apply for funds to support a range of activities such as:

  • participation in professional development short courses or specialist certificates such as those run by the University of Melbourne or the Australian College of Optometry;
  • attendance at national or international optometry conferences;
  • further study including Masters, PhD or research studies, or
  • postgraduate certificates or courses (run by recognised institutions) which may be within or outside the practitioners current scope of practice.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply ECO’s must be:

  • eligible to practise optometry in South Australia;
  • up to ten years from graduation from their optometric degree, and
  • a current member of Optometry Victoria South Australia.

Applicants must review the ECO Education Grant SA 2020 Terms and Conditions before applying.

Applications must be received on the ECO Education Grant (SA) Application Form 2020.

Applicants may request reimbursement for travel that has already been paid for, but not undertaken. Applications will be assessed by the ECOV/SA committee in conjunction with Optometry Victoria South Australia.

The grant may be offered to more than one applicant. If this is the case, the amount received by each successful applicant will be determined at the discretion of Optometry Victoria South Australia.

To apply click here.

Education Grant ideas

ECO’s can apply for funding to support a range of professional development activities. Some examples are included below, as ideas that applicants might consider:

  • certificate and specialist certificate courses in advanced contact lenses, paediatrics, glaucoma, myopia, anterior eye disease and dry eye, management of neuro-ophthalmic disorders, or management of paediatric patients;
  • half-day and full-day clinical workshops on foreign body removal, diagnosis of glaucoma using OCT, mini-scleral and orthokeratology contact lenses, gonioscopy and other glaucoma assessment techniques;
  • further study in optometry including Masters, PhD or research studies, or
  • national conferences such as Blue Sky2021 or O=MEGA21, or international conferences such as ARVO.

Key Dates

Applications:

  • open on Tuesday 10th November 2020
  • close on COB Monday 30th November 2020

Successful applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in mid-December. Successful applicants will be interviewed about their grant activities for publication in Optometry Victoria South Australia’s Scope publication.

Further information

For further information contact Optometry Victoria South Australia office.vicsa@optometry.org.au on (03) 9652 9100.

Dr Christolyn Raj (on left) with ECO Education grant 2019 (Vic) winner Chamini Wijesundera

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