To renew your registration as an optometrist, you must accumulate 40 continuing professional development (CPD) points per year, every year. It is the same every year.
The Optometrists Association of Australia (OAA) said the requirement for 40 CPD points applies to everyone who is registered to practise, even if you’re not working temporarily or working part time.
At least 12 points must be gained through face-to-face learning, by attending a seminar, for example. The other 28 CPD points can be earned at conferences, or through other approved learning such as accredited education and articles.
You can now receive CPD points by reading accredited articles in mivision. These articles will carry the official CPD logo with assessment questions found online at mivisionclean2.flywheelsites.com. The accredited article in this edition is the Alans Saks piece on the NSIGHT study, beginning on page 21.
You can now receive CPD points by reading accredited articles in mivision
OAA New South Wales Chief Executive Officer Andrew McKinnon said the requirement for 40 CPD points was “not an optional thing – it is the law and will be enforced”.
“It’s 40 points per year, every year. No roll-over, no averaging over two years, no allowances to do lots this year and none next.
“If you don’t get your points, your registration renewal might be delayed. If it is delayed, Medicare won’t pay benefits for the period until it is reinstated,” he said.
The 40 annual CPD points must be accrued by 30 November.
Upcoming OAA CPD Events
22-24 July: OAA NSW Ski Congress, Thredbo (18 pts) 20-22 Aug: OAA WAVE Congress, Perth (30 pts) 21 Aug: OAA NSW Low Vision Day (15 pts) 26-28 Aug: OAA Tasmania Lifestyle Congress, Hobart (30 pts) 16 Oct: OAA NSW Mac Degen Day (15 pts) 20 Nov: OAA NSW Diabetes Day (15 pts) 25-26 Nov: OAA SA Blue Sky Conference, Adelaide (30 pts).