The Academy of Advanced Ophthalmic Optics (A001) has aligned with ProVision to deliver the Advance Ophthalmic Optics (AAO1) Mentorship Program to members of ProVision in 2020.
The AOO1 program was developed independently by AAOO founders Grant and Thao Hannaford, drawing from the latest research in the fields of ophthalmic optics and optometry, as well as their own experience “at the coal face” owning and running a full-time optometry practice.
Designed to reach beyond the scope of TAFE, other registered training organisations and undergraduate optometry and vision science programs, AAOO delivers optical and ophthalmic optics education that Ms Hannaford said is not available from other education or consultancy providers around the world.
ProVision practitioners who recently successfully completed the course are Corinne Borg from Mudgee Eyecare; Kristy Burney from Swan Hill Optical; Clare Campitelli from Duldig & Russo Optometry; Janelle Chambers from Lang Lang Eyecare; Joe Chen from Rowville Eyecare; Christine Cunningham from Eyedentity Carnegie; Malcolm Gin from Eyes and Optics by Malcolm Gin; Simon Hobson from Young Eyes Optometrist; Michaela Jocher from Optiko eyewear; Melissa Mudge from Envision Optical; Nathan Pepperell from Masons Eyecare; Bronte Rolls from Sankey Fraser Eyecare Emerald; Georgie Zerk Sankey from Fraser Eyecare Roma; Simon Routson from Penry Routson Optometrists and Sarah Somervell from 20/20 Sight & Style Optometrists.
Feedback from ProVision practitioners who completed the course was positive with Kristy Burney acknowledging the benefit to her entire practice. “Sometimes it was above my head as I’m only a dispenser but I found so many pearls of wisdom that we have implemented in our practice, which have already improved the way we can assist and teach our patients. This course was just what we needed to raise our practice to the next level.”
Simon Routson said the course provided him with a much better knowledge base to more confidently prescribe lenses and troubleshoot. “We have fabulously advanced optics available to us, and this course has allowed me to better understand and utilise the range of products available,” he said.
Optometrist Malcolm Gin said the course was particularly useful. “Often as an optometrist I spend most of my CPD on clinical aspects in the consult room whereas the end product is equally as important.”
The next AOO1 program starts in mid- February 2021 and upon completion, participants can undertake the Ophthalmic Optics 2 Mentorship Program, which looks at the implementation and monitoring of methods for best ophthalmic practice. Visit aaoo.net.au.