The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Eye and Ear) has invited optometrists in Victoria to participate in a collaborative Glaucoma care initiative. The initiative will see eligible patients with mild to moderate glaucoma monitored and cared for in a shared-care arrangement between the Eye and Ear Glaucoma Unit and a participating community optometrist.
The aim of the program is to provide greater community-based eye care, with patients being reviewed closer to home, reducing travel time and costs, as well as facilitating better access to appointments. Eye and Ear hopes to build strong ongoing collaborative relationships with optometrists who have an interest in glaucoma to promote continuing professional education and improved public health.
Participating optometrists will gain experience in co-managing patients with glaucoma. The Eye and Ear will host three sessions annually of face-to-face interactive training, provided by Eye and Ear Glaucoma Unit ophthalmologists. These sessions will provide opportunities to enhance glaucoma management strategies, as well as strengthen the collaborative relationship between the glaucoma medical team and optometrists. The Eye and Ear has applied for a total of 30 accredited CPD points (three sessions).
The initiative will see eligible patients with mild to moderate glaucoma monitored and cared for in a shared-care arrangement