OLEEP returns for 2020

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Specsavers is continuing the rollout of its Ophthalmologist Local Education and Engagement Program (OLEEP) in 2020, following the success of the 2019 program, which has led to positive results and measurable improvements in patient outcomes.

In 2019, there were 26 OLEEP events held across Australia and New Zealand, involving 135 Specsavers stores, 253 optometrists and 34 ophthalmologists.

The program, a collaboration between RANZCO and Specsavers, gives Specsavers optometrists the opportunity to attend a series of face-to-face CPD workshops delivered by local RANZCO ophthalmologists to improve their ability to detect glaucoma in patients, and provide additional rigour around clinical decision making and referrals for specialist assessment. The program also aims to build stronger professional relationships between optometrists and ophthalmologists.

The program is just one activity that forms part of Specsavers Transforming Eye Health Strategy.

Specsavers Optometry Development Consultant, Dr Joe Paul said, “It is well documented that approximately half of all patients with glaucoma are undiagnosed through traditional optical testing.

“Data from Specsavers 2019 Eye Health Report showed that using OCT as part of standard patient care at Specsavers has enabled our optometrists to detect glaucoma at a rate close to prevalence. The OLEEP program continues to build on their knowledge of the RANZCO referral guidelines and improve their clinical practice with the guidance support of ophthalmologists.”

Last year, stores that participated in the OLEEP program showed significant improvements in clinical outcomes and glaucoma detection, with referral rates up 15 per cent, or approximately 2,080 additional glaucoma referrals.

Specsavers will continue to build on the success of 2019 by hosting a series of OLEEP sessions on glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy throughout 2020, beginning with a session held at the Melbourne Specsavers Support Office on February 20.

The OLEEP events will be run by two ophthalmologists, one specialising on glaucoma and one in diabetic retinopathy. They will deliver two sessions approximately 12 weeks apart.

The first session will focus on delivering education and discussing referral pathways and preferences. The second session will focus on data-driven education, identifying strengths from the prior session and providing a visible measure of improved patient outcomes.

To get the most out of the OLEEP program, we strongly encourage you to attend both sessions in your region. CPD points are available for both sessions.

OLEEP event dates

Location Ophthalmologists Date Register
Port Melbourne, VIC Dr Tu Tran

Dr Elaine Chong

Session 1

Thursday 20 February

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Session 2

Tuesday 12 May

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Newcastle, NSW Dr Peter Davies
Dr Michael Birch
Session 1

Wednesday 6 May

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Session 2

Wednesday 5 August

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Chatswood, NSW A/Prof Geoffrey Painter

A/Prof Sam Fraser-Bell

Dr Richard Symes

 Session 1

Tuesday 7 April

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Session 2

Tuesday 30 June

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Wellington, NZ Dr Neil Avery
Dr Jesse Gale
Session 1

Tuesday 10 March

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Session 2

Tuesday 9 June

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Brisbane,

QLD

Dr Graham Lee
Dr Lawrence Lee
Session 1

Wednesday 1 April

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Session 2

Wednesday 17 June

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Goodwood, SA Dr John Landers
Dr Dania Qatarneh
Session 1

Tuesday 31 March

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Session 2

Tuesday 23 June

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Hobart,

TAS

Dr Alex Hewitt

Dr Andrew Traill

Session 1

Tuesday 28 April

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Session 2

Tuesday 21 July

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Subiaco,

WA

Dr Hessom Razavi
Professor Bill Morgan
Session 1

Wednesday 20 May

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Session 2

Monday 10 August

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To find out more about the OLEEP program or how your store can participate email anz.oleep@specsavers.com.

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