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(L-R) Helen Venturato, Dr Paul Constable, Simon Hanna, Louise Edwards and Dr Lorraine Venturato


By Rhiannon Riches
Assistant Editor


Record numbers tuned in to watch a live webinar that lifted the lid on consulting dementia, autistic and mental health patients.

View the webinar recording for 2 self-recorded CPD points.

More than 300 members watched the webinar hosted by Optometry Australia’s national clinical policy adviser, Simon Hanna.

Mr Hanna said the combination of speakers, interesting topics and accessibility had assured a successful educational opportunity for members. ‘Attendance and interest made it clear that members are keen to hear and learn about these issues that can pose real challenges for many practitioners in day to day practice,’ he said. 

Dr Lorraine Venturato, a gerontologist and Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and her sister, optometrist Helen Venturato, discussed the challenges of examining a patient with dementia.

They were joined by pharmacist and psychology major Louise Edwards who has conducted mental health first aid training for various groups around the country, demystifying the complex subject of patients with mental health disorders. 

She discussed some of the intricacies of and tips for testing a patient with a variety of presentations, aiding practitioners to find confidence in assisting this vulnerable patient group.

The webinar included an interview with Flinders University academic Dr Paul Constable about his personal and professional journey and experiences when examining patients with autism.

The webinar was held on 19 September.


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