Vision Eye Institute has launched a Shared Vision Education Network for eye care providers. The Network offers a variety of resources, including case studies, online CPD modules, videos, podcasts, articles and a member only newsletter.
According to VEI CEO James Thiedeman, collaborative relationships between healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care sit at the heart of Vision Eye Institute’s philosophy.
We have always believed in fostering a culture of collaboration, teaching and research – not just with ophthalmologists, but also other eye care providers
“Since 2001, our organisation and doctors have worked tirelessly to develop meaningful relationships with other healthcare professionals. We have always believed in fostering a culture of collaboration, teaching and research – not just with ophthalmologists, but also other eye care providers such as optometrists and GPs.”
A survey of optometrists conducted by Vision Eye Institute in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland confirmed the feeling was mutual, says Mr Thiedeman. “We were overwhelmed by the number of respondents and encouraged by the feedback. We have a long history of delivering high-quality CPD events, including our annual state conferences (Eye 360 in Melbourne and enVision in Sydney) – the survey results showed, among other things, many respondents were regular attendees at our events and were keen to see more from us with regard to education. They were also keen to engage GPs, especially given that the role of the optometrist has grown with the availability of therapeutic endorsement. So, the demand was there – it was just a question of how we could meet this need.
“The first thought was, why don’t we make our doctors’ knowledge, case studies, tips and insights more readily available to optometrists and GPs – in other words, online. Our doctors are regularly involved with local and international conferences, clinical research that is often ground-breaking, teaching and mentoring – there’s a never-ending wealth of information to share.”
While Shared Vision still includes access to all of Vision Eye Institute’s CPD events, the complete offering is much broader, says Mr Thiedeman. “Events will always remain an important educational and networking tool, but Shared Vision has been designed with a variety of activities in mind – case studies, online CPD modules, videos, podcasts, articles, a member only newsletter featuring exclusive content, and practice and patient resources. Members will also receive earlybird invitations to our events.
“A nice feature of the network is that members have their own account profile, where they can manage their own contact details and event registrations, download tax invoices and attendance certificates and view completed CPD activities. They can also indicate their special interests to help guide future content development and communications they receive from us.”
Mr Thiedeman says the response to Shared Vision has been very positive.
“We trialled it with a small group of users and made some tweaks prior to the official launch. Of course, it’s still very much early days and we’ll use any feedback we receive to adjust and refine the network.”
He said the aim was for Shared Vision to evolve and remain relevant to users. Background information about SHARED VISION.
Shared Vision Inclusions
Shared Vision membership is free and includes:
• 24/7 access to Vision Eye Institute’s regularly updated collection of educational material (e.g. online CPD modules, case studies, videos, podcasts and articles)
• A member-only newsletter featuring a selection of exclusive and new-release content, including expert interviews
• Earlybird invitations to Continuing Education in Eye Care CPD events held by Vision Eye Institute throughout the year, as well as the hugely popular annual optometry conferences (Eye 360 in Melbourne and enVision in Sydney)
• A variety of resources for your practice (e.g. urgent care availability for individual Vision Eye Institute clinics, referral pads, patient brochures, useful links)
• Your own account profile so you can manage your contact details and event registrations, download tax invoices and attendance certificates, and view completed CPD activities in one convenient place.*
Optometrists and GPs can register to become a Shared Vision member here.
Vision Eye Institute is Australia’s largest private provider of ophthalmic services, with a network of general and specialist ophthalmologists in clinics throughout Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
*This functionality is only applicable to Vision Eye Institute events and CPD activities.