Eye health and vision care training
If detected early, most blindness and vision loss is preventable or treatable. People at greater risk include those aged 40 years and older, who have diabetes, a family history of eye disease or who smoke. In addition, First Nations people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities also often experience greater barriers to accessing eye care. To learn more about the importance of getting tested, watch the video below.
Primary health care professionals play a critical role in reminding their patients about the importance of regular eye tests. To learn more click here and see below for a range of eye health training and resources available.
Watch a short video about Vision Initiative and resources for healthcare professionals'
Eye health professionals
Smoking Cessation Brief Advice training, Quit Victoria. Login/register here. Free for Vic/SA optometrists and Victorian orthoptists.
Vision Care, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (1 hour, 5 CPE hours). Click here to learn more login/register here. Free access for Vic, QNMU, NT Branch and NSWNMA Branch members. Other ANMF members: $8.90. Non-ANMF members: $40.
Nurses and primary health care professionals
An introduction to eyes, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (1 hour on-demand module with CPD points available). Practice nurses click here to learn more. APNA members login here. Non-members email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Community Health Training - Eye Health Webinar, 4pm-5.30pm, 11 November, 2021
- Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA)
- Indigenous Eye Health, The University of Melbourne
- Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA)
- Remote Area Health Corps (RAHC)
- The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
- The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)
Clinical and referral pathways
Murray HealthPathways is a free online resource for primary health care clinicians designed for use at the point of care. It contains clinical and local referral pathways, patient and health professional resources that reflect current best practice and evidence. Eye-health related pathways:
- Order Vision Initiative Eye Health Kit and access other resources for primary health care
- Australian College of Optometry (ACO)
- Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
- Diabetes Victoria
- Eye health resources - Vision Initiative (in various languages)
- Glaucoma Australia
- Guide Dogs Victoria
- Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
- Keep Sight
- Macular Disease Foundation
- Optometry Australia
- Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
- VIewpoint: Vision Initiatives newsletter
- Vision Australia
- Vision 2020 Australia
- Coming soon - Quality Improvement Activities – Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) templates for use in general practice
The Vision Initiative is a health promotion program managed by Vision 2020 Australia and funded by the Victorian Government to promote eye health and prevent vision loss in Victoria.