Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program

The Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program (POAP) is an inter-professional program run by the Ophthalmology Department at Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH).

The program aims to ensure that participating optometrists have the knowledge, skills, communication strategies, continuing education and resources to examine and treat children’s eyes confidently.

Optometrists who have completed evidenced-based Paediatric Optometry Clinical Education program and meet other program criteria are invited to ‘align’ with Children’s Health Queensland (including QCH) under the Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program (POAP). Please note that behavioural optometrists are not accepted into the program.

Aligned optometrists work closely with the QCH Ophthalmology Department in caring for stable, discharged patients.

A direct line of communication with the Queensland Children’s Hospital (QCH) Ophthalmology Department is provided to facilitate discussion about patients and referral where necessary: CHQ_OptAlign@health.qld.gov.au.

Regular education events and EyeLign newsletters are provided to aligned optometrists to update and inform on paediatric treatment and other program related matters.

The work that optometrists do caring for the paediatric population is vitally important to supporting and managing the workload of the Ophthalmology department and ensuring that only patients which need specialised ophthalmic care are seen at the hospital. This program aims to provide ongoing support and education to optometrists in undertaking this work.

For information please contact CHQ_OptAlign@health.qld.gov.au.

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