Online and face-to-face education
The Vision Initiative works with a range of partner organisations to develop education modules, presentations and other resources to help health professionals keep their knowledge of eye health and vision care up to date. The following online education modules are available:
Pharmacists: ‘Working “eye-to-eye” with optometry for better patient care’ (Group 2 - 4 CPD credits) delivered through the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) – Victorian branch
GPs: ‘Common eye conditions’(RACGP 4 CPD, ACRRM 2 CME PD) delivered through ThinkGP.
- ‘An introduction to eyes’ (1 CPD hour) delivered through the Australian Primary Healthcare Nurses Association (APNA).
- ‘Vision care’ (5 CPE hours) delivered through the Australian Nursing Federation (ANF).
Aged care workers: ‘Introduction to eyes’ delivered through Learning seat.
Aboriginal health workers: ‘Provide information and strategies in eye health’ (HLTAHW417A) is offered through Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care delivered through Victorian Aboriginal and Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO).
Eye health resources
The Vision Initiative has developed a range of information sheets (PDF, Word, Audio), brochures (print only) and multimedia clips (MP4) that health providers can use with patients or customers to assist with educating them on eye health.
Resources are available on this website in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Italian, Mandarin and Vietnamese and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Victorian health providers can order printed copies for free here.
In project areas, face-to-face training sessions are offered to local GPs, practice nurses, pharmacists and aged care workers with the support of local Primary Health Networks, City Councils, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – Victorian branch and the Australian College of Optometry. The Vision Initiative also works with the local Primary Care Partnerships to organise sessions for their member organisations.
As part of local project work additional resources are available in Vision Initiative project areas.
Eye Health Kits
Health Kits are distributed to all GP practices, pharmacies and optometry practices located in local project areas. They contain a range of resources especially adapted to the needs of each profession to support them in discussing eye health with patients and customers.
Eye Health Kits include a Guide on eye health and vision care, pathway guidelines, a list of local optometry practices, a card showing the impact of eye conditions on vision, shelf talkers (pharmacies), window stickers, posters and brochures.
Copies of all the Vision Initiative information sheets and multimedia clips (English and translations) and resources produced by VACCHO are provided in electronic format in the Kits.
In project areas, the Vision Initiative encourages pharmacies to actively promote eye health within their stores by providing them with additional resources. Throughout the project, campaign packs are provided to all local pharmacies (four in total). These include posters and postcards for display within the stores as well as information on the topic to help staff prepare for each upcoming campaign.
Each campaign is rolled out with the support of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia – Victorian Branch.
The Vision Initiative sends out four newsletters per year to all GP practices, pharmacies and optometry practices located in project areas. The newsletters keep readers up-to-date with upcoming training sessions, progress of the program and news from the eye health sector.
World Sight Day
Each year, ahead of World Sight Day, GP practices, pharmacies and optometry practices located in project areas receive a campaign kit including posters and template media and social media resources so that they can get involved in the campaign. Health providers are encouraged to take part in the #snapforsight campaign and display eye health resources in their practices and stores.
Note: If you are a health provider working in the Vision Initiative projects areas, contact us to find out more about the above activity.
Vision Initiative past project areas: Darebin, Greater Geelong, Greater Shepparton and Latrobe.
Vision Initiative current project areas: Brimbank, Campaspe, Greater Dandenong and Swan Hill.