Applications are currently open for the Australian College of Optometry Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (ACO-COT), and Specsavers optometrists are eligible for a group discount.
The ACO-COT postgraduate certificate leads to a recognised qualification for therapeutic practice, and 80 T (AU) and 40 CD (NZ) points can be claimed upon completion of the program.
The ACO-COT curriculum has been developed by an expert team of presenters from universities and clinical practices across Australia and New Zealand, offering a range of topics including general principles of disease and ocular diseases and therapeutic management.
The course is ideal for rural or remote optometrists, and those balancing work and family commitments as it involves self-paced independent learning, with a high level of support provided by the ACO. It features flexible delivery, involving online lectures, interactive webinars, online forums, local exams and clinical placements, as well as networking opportunities.
The ACO-COT is accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), and successful completion of the course will enable scheduled medicines endorsement for registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand, as recognised by the Optometry Board of Australia and the New Zealand Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board.
The sole 2019 intake for the ACO-COT course commences on Monday, 15 April, and registrations for Specsavers candidates close on Monday, 1 April 2019.
Further information on the application process for Specsavers optometrists can be found on the Specsavers Connect intranet.