Accredited online eye health training

The Vision Initiative works with its partners to develop high quality education modules for primary health care and allied health professionals.

Each of these modules is designed to assist practitioners with embedding eye health in their day-to-day conversations with patients, identifying patients at risk of vision loss and referring patients to the appropriate eye care services.

Primary health care professionals can play a significant role in reducing rates of blindness and vision loss in Victoria.

For general practitioners GPs

Common eye conditions is available from ThinkGP. Newly updated version released in October 2020.

Access is free. 

Duration: 2 hours

Accredited: RACGP 4 CPD, ACRRM 2 CME PD.

By completing this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the common causes of vision loss and common eye conditions including red eye.
  • Discuss the symptoms of the various causes of vision loss and common eye conditions.
  • Describe the management of the common causes of vision loss and common eye conditions.
  • Identify the appropriate situation to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist and what to include in referral letters.
  • Ensure patient safety by indicating the conditions requiring urgent referral for specialist care.

For practice nurses

An introduction to eyes is available from the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA).

Access is free for all APNA members and non-APNA members in Victoria (please contact the Vision Initiative at Other non-APNA members: $38.50.

Accredited: 1 CPD hour.

Duration: 1 hour

On completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of:

  • The anatomy and physiology of the eye
  • The five common eye conditions in Australia
  • What you can do to help your patient, and
  • Eye health and ongoing vision care.

For diabetes educators

Diabetes and eye health is available from the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA).

Access is free for all diabetes educators.

Accredited: 3 CPD points.

Duration: 3 hours

On completion of this course, diabetes educators will have an understanding of:

  • The anatomy of the eye.
  • Common causes of vision loss in Australia.
  • The impact of diabetes on the eyes and vision.
  • How to interpret visual acuity measurements and other relevant test results.
  • The role that diabetes educators have in vision loss prevention.
  • The role of eye health professionals.
  • The recommended screening intervals for people living with diabetes.
  • The National KeepSight program.

Diabetes and eye health podcast (31 minutes) is available from the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)

Access is free.

Accredited: 0.5 CPD points in Category 1.

Discussion on the critical role Credentialled Diabetes Educators play in preventing vision loss amongst people with diabetes. Host Jan Alford is joined by Associate Professor Peter van Wijngaarden, who also introduces KeepSight, an eye check reminder program for people with diabetes.

For nurses and midwives

Eye health and vision care is available from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF).

QNMU, NT Branch and NSWNMA Branch members receive free access. Other ANMF members: $8.90. Non-ANMF members: $40.

Accredited: 2 CPE hours.

By completing this activity, participants will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding of the importance of eye health.
  • Understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the eye.
  • Knowledge of testing methods.
  • Knowledge of common eye conditions.
  • Knowledge of the eye health sector.
  • Identify people at risk of eye disease.
  • Encourage people to seek an eye health professional.
  • Direct people to low vision services if needed.

For eye health professionals

Smoking Cessation Brief Advice training is available from Quit. Newly released in October 2020. Also includes a range of free resources available for use in your practice.

Free for Victorian and South Australian optometrists, and Victorian orthoptists. A registration fee of $20 applies for other states and territories.

Accredited: 1 CPD point for optometrists and orthoptists.

The education package provides eye health professionals the knowledge and skills required to use Quit’s brief advice model: Ask, Advise, Help to identify patients who smoke and help them access best practice tobacco dependence treatment.

The brief advice model provides a simple framework for having a conversation about quitting smoking with patients and is easily integrated into a normal consultation. It’s fast, simple and effective.

For Pharmacists

Shared focus on better patient care – Eye health for pharmacists is available from the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Access is free.

This activity has been accredited for 1 hours of Group 1 CPD (or 1 CPD credits) suitable for inclusion in an individual pharmacist’s CPD plan, which can be converted to 1 hours of Group 2 CPD (or 2 CPD credits) upon successful completion of relevant assessment activities.

After completing this activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Describe common causes of, and appropriate management for, red eye(s)
  • Identify when a patient requires referral to eye care services
  • Identify systemic risk factors for eye disease
  • Explain the role of the optometrist
  • Discuss the role pharmacists can play in preventing avoidable blindness and vision loss
  • Indicate how pharmacists can promote eye care health with consumers.