Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program

The Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program (POAP) is an innovative program run by the Ophthalmology Department at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH).

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

Program details

  • An evidenced-based Paediatric Optometry Clinical Education program, which includes a face-to-face workshop and online portal, covering the following topics:
    • Evidence-based paediatric eye care
    • Development of the visual system
    • Conducting paediatric eye examinations and assessments
    • Refractive errors in children
    • Amblyopia
    • Strabismus in childhood
    • Referral and evidence based, best practice clinical care pathways.
  • Improved, direct lines of communication with the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (LCCH) Ophthalmology Department to facilitate discussion about patients and referral where necessary.
  • 18 CPD points will be applied for through Optometry Australia.

Optometrists who attend the workshop may be invited to ‘align’ with Children’s Health Queensland (including LCCH) under the Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program (POAP). Aligned optometrists work closely with the LCCH Ophthalmology Department in caring for stable, treated patients.

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