The University of Melbourne’s Mobile Learning Unit, in partnership with the Centre for Eye Research Australia, has developed a new, clinically-focused course that aims to ensure primary health providers have direct access to the latest research findings about age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and can use this new knowledge in their management of patients with AMD.
The AMD for Primary Eyecare Practitioners online course has been developed by Professor Robyn Guymer and Dr Lauren Ayton for optometrists, as well as general practitioners with a particular interest in eye care, orthoptists, ophthalmic nurses and ophthalmology trainees.
Dr Ayton and Prof Guymer assembled a world leading team of experts to prepare the course content, including Prof Erica Fletcher, Dr Zhichao Wu, A/Prof Laura Downie and Dr Carla Abbott.
A course highlight is detailed education on how to interpret ocular imaging, including discussion of new imaging biomarkers from optical coherence tomography, near-infrared imaging and autofluorescence.
Professor Guymer said the key feature of the course is its truly translational relevance. It will bring a new understanding of the disease, gained through interpreting multimodal ocular images, to the day-to-day practise of clinicians.
The course also covers information on risk factors for AMD, potential interventions for intermediate AMD, and pharmaceutical and cell therapies for late disease.
AMD for Primary Eyecare Practitioners contains 10 hours of eLearning, with 10 case studies and eight units of self-assessments. Due to its online learning form, this course can be completed anytime, anywhere at the learner’s own pace.