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CFEH Education & Optometry NSW/ACT Online CPD

Welcome to a sensational new way to enhance your CPD learning experience, brought to you by the Centre for Eye Health and Optometry NSW/ACT.

The Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) and Optometry NSW/ACT have joined forces to offer Association members access to the vast library of CFEH Education videos, learning tools and resources at reduced prices. For more information, please visit the Referers section of the CFEH website.               

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CFEH Education 2019 Online Webinar Series
(6:30pm, unless otherwise noted)

Date Webinars/Speakers/Links
12/02/2018

Ocular Implications of Sleep Disorders LECTURE RUN

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2 face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Michael Yapp, BOptom (Hons)

Bio:

Michael Yapp received has B.Optom (Hons), M.Optom and GradCertOcTher from UNSW. He has worked in private practice, as a locum in around Australia and the UK, as a staff optometrist at UNSW, as the program manager for Luxottica’s charity program and at a corneal specialist ophthalmology practice. He is currently the chief staff optometrist at the Centre for Eye Health with a special interest in ocular imaging and glaucoma. He is passionate about contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate optometric education and has been invited to speak in India and the US as well as around Australia. He has also contributed to articles in Ophthalmic and Physiological optics, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and Pharma.

Lecture Summary:

Sleep disorders are increasing in prevalence in Australia and overseas.  Recent literature is highlighting significant associations between a wide range of ocular diseases and sleep disorders.  This lecture will detail the range of sleep disorders and associated ocular complications and importantly how these associations impact optometric patient diagnosis and management. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. A better understanding of the range of sleep disorders
  2. An increased awareness of the ocular complications of sleep disorders
  3. Improved management skills of patients suffering from ocular complications of sleep disorders
12/03/2019

Paradigm Shifts in Therapeutic Management of Glaucoma LECTURE RUN

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2T face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Jack Phu, BOptom (Hons.), BSc, MPH, FAAO

Bio:

Jack is Lead Clinician (Glaucoma) at Centre for Eye Health and is currently undertaking PhD studies in glaucoma and visual fields. He graduated from UNSW in 2011 and spent 3 years working in an independent private practice with a strong focus on ocular diseases. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and completed a Masters in Public Health in 2014. He is also involved in undergraduate teaching at UNSW in the areas of ocular diseases, clinical optometry and ocular therapeutics.

Lecture Summary:

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand options available for preservative-free topical anti-glaucoma therapy and how they fit into clinical practice
  2. Understand how therapies aside from traditional topical, laser and surgical therapy may be suitable for some patients with glaucoma
  3. Understand the role of new drug and drug delivery methods may impact upon patient care
09/04/2019

Traumatic Brain Injury and Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitiation LECTURE RUN

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2 face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1 face to face point.)

Steve Leslie

Bios:

Stephen Leslie is in private practice in Perth Western Australia, where he concentrates on care of vision and ocular problems related to health issues, and subsequent to acquired brain injuries following stroke, head trauma, or neurological disease such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinsonian conditions. He served as National President of the Optometrists’ Association of Australia 1991-1992, and as a National Councillor of the OAA for 15 years, and was awarded life membership of the OAA (WA) in 1997. He is currently National President of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry (ACBO). He is regularly called on to provide medicolegal reports for lawyers regarding clients who have suffered head injuries due to motor vehicle accidents, falls or assaults, as well as expert opinions in medicolegal issues involving optometrists.

Lecture Summary:

Neuro-optometric rehabilitative care involves extensive optometric assessment to identify visual dysfunctions and ocular health issues resulting from acquired brain injuries, especially head trauma and stroke, and neurologic disease such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinsonian conditions. The effects of these visual and ocular problems on activities of daily living (ADLs) and a person’s quality of life (QOL) can be identified by an extensive history and communication with others involved in the person’s rehabilitative care. Optometric rehabilitative management is programmed to improve visual dysfunctions to reduce or eliminate impediments to ADLs, and to improve QOL, as well as to inform other health professionals of the possible visual effects on their treatment, to minimise visual interference with physical rehabilitation.

Visual problems can include reduced visual acuity, binocular vision issues and diplopia, convergence and accommodation and eye movement dysfunctions, photophobia and pattern glare, and visual field loss. Ocular problems can include retinal damage and field loss, optic atrophy and effects on colour vision and contrast, and diplopia.

Optometric rehabilitative care may involve spectacles, prisms, vision therapy, tinted lenses, and visual field loss aids.

The presentation will evolve from a number of case studies to demonstrate the principles and practice of neuro-optometric rehabilitative, assessment and management and the efficacy of optometric intervention to improve ADLs and QOL.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Become familiar with the signs and symptoms presenting in everyday patients, which suggest the possibility of visual or ocular effects of pre-existing neurological issues such as stroke, head injury, concussion, and neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

  2. Obtain a better understanding of sequential optometric assessment of visual dysfunctions and ocular health issues which can occur due to acquired brain injuries, the potential effects on a person’s activities of daily living and the options for optometric care.

  3. Improve awareness of questions and techniques to obtain an appropriate history to elucidate patient symptoms which may be neurological in origin.

21/05/2019

Analysing the Evidence: Atropine in Myopia Progression

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2 face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1 face to face point.)

Dr Pauline Kang

Bios:

Pauline is a lecturer and researcher at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Lecture Summary:

The prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide. Due to associated sight-threatening ocular pathologies, myopia is recognised as a public health burden. Various interventions to slow down or stop the progression of childhood myopia, to reduce the risk of blindness later in life, have been investigated. Currently, atropine is considered one of the most effective treatments to control myopia progression. This presentation will discuss clinical trials of atropine on myopia progression in children and clinical considerations when prescribing atropine in clinical practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain knowledge of current clinical trials of atropine for myopia control and describe gaps in current research

  2. Describe indications and contraindications of atropine use for myopia control

  3. Apply appropriate myopia management in clinical practice

11/06/2019

An Optometrist's Guide to Dealing with Inherited Retinal Dystrophies

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2T face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Pauline Xu, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Bios:

Pauline graduated from the Bachelor of Optometry degree at UNSW Australia with first class honours. She subsequently completed her graduate certificate of ocular therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Following graduation Pauline practiced full-scope optometry in both rural and urban practices and spent 5 years in the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney as research optometrist. Apart from working in CFEH, Pauline continues to work in private practices in Sydney and supervises optometry students in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW.

Lecture Summary:

Inherited retinal degenerations are a class of rare, single-gene disorders that represent the major cause of familial blindness in the Western world.  It is a rapid evolving field where new gene-base treatments for those devastating conditions, which were previously thought untreatable, are now emerging.  This webinar discusses the optometrist’s role in dealing with IRDs.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Aware the wide clinical and genetic spectrum of IRDs and understand the inheritance pattern

  2. Apply advanced imaging and electrophysiology to guide diagnosis and facilitate referral

  3. Understand the latest technological advances in the treatments for IRDs

09/07/2019

Five Papers That Will Change How You Practice Optometry

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 3T face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Paula Katalinic, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher, Pauline Xu, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher, Jack Phu, BOptom (Hons.), BSc, MPH, FAAO and Michael Yapp, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Bios:

Paula received her BOptom and MOptom degrees from The University of New South Wales and gained her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2008. She has worked in both rural and urban optometric practice and spent 3.5 years at Joslin Diabetes Centre's Beetham Eye Institute in Boston. Most recently, she was a Staff Optometrist in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at The University of New South Wales and currently works part-time as the Professional Services Manager at Optometry Australia (NSW Division). Her clinical interests are in retinal pathology (with a particular interest in diabetic retinopathy) and colour vision.

Pauline graduated from the Bachelor of Optometry degree at UNSW Australia with first class honours. She subsequently completed her graduate certificate of ocular therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Following graduation Pauline practiced full-scope optometry in both rural and urban practices and spent 5 years in the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney as research optometrist. Apart from working in CFEH, Pauline continues to work in private practices in Sydney and supervises optometry students in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW.

Jack is Lead Clinician (Glaucoma) at Centre for Eye Health and is currently undertaking PhD studies in glaucoma and visual fields. He graduated from UNSW in 2011 and spent 3 years working in an independent private practice with a strong focus on ocular diseases. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and completed a Masters in Public Health in 2014. He is also involved in undergraduate teaching at UNSW in the areas of ocular diseases, clinical optometry and ocular therapeutics.

Michael Yapp received has B.Optom (Hons), M.Optom and GradCertOcTher from UNSW. He has worked in private practice, as a locum in around Australia and the UK, as a staff optometrist at UNSW, as the program manager for Luxottica’s charity program and at a corneal specialist ophthalmology practice. He is currently the chief staff optometrist at the Centre for Eye Health with a special interest in ocular imaging and glaucoma. He is passionate about contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate optometric education and has been invited to speak in India and the US as well as around Australia. He has also contributed to articles in Ophthalmic and Physiological optics, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and Pharma

Lecture Summary:

Is my patient with transient monocular visual loss at imminent risk of stroke? Should glaucoma patients have laser or drops as initial therapy? What should I do with a patient reporting ocular pain with quiet anterior eyes on slit lamp examination? The understanding of ocular disease management is evolving at a rapid rate, making it harder for optometrists to stay up-to-date on the latest published evidence. CFEH lead clinicians will discuss five papers that address these questions and consider the expanding role of optometrists in primary and collaborative care, telemedicine and newer testing strategies.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Improve diagnosis of acute retinal arterial ischaemia and understand the need to urgently refer patients with true monocular transient visual loss
  2. Understand the factors affecting patient suitability for SLT  as a first line treatment for primary open angle glaucoma
  3. Recognise urgent causes of headache in patients with quiet anterior eye findings
13/08/2019

Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2T face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Angelica Ly, BOptom (Hons), GradCertOcTher, (Senior Staff Optometrist, CFEH)

Bios:

Angelica is a Principal Staff Optometrist, Integrated Care Co-ordinator and PhD candidate at the Centre for Eye Health. She is a passionate and innovative clinician-scientist, with a special interest in collaborative care and posterior eye disease. Since joining the CFEH team in 2011, Angelica has been involved in the provision of cutting-edge clinical care using imaging technologies. She has a passion for evidence based optometry, early detection of ocular disease and clinical research. As well as presenting at ARVO and Australian based optometry conferences and events, she has also published a number of articles in Optometry and Vision Science, Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Clinical and Experimental Optometry and Pharma. Angelica also teaches in the optometry program at UNSW Sydney under a range of roles: ocular diseases lecturer and tutor, clinical supervisor, and research project supervisor.

Lecture Summary:

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10/09/2019

Corneal Infection

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2T face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Nicole Carnt

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08/10/2019

Neovascularisation Untangled: New Insights into New Vessels

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2T face to face CPD points, and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Paula Katalinic, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher and Elizabeth Wong, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Bios:

Paula received her BOptom and MOptom degrees from The University of New South Wales and gained her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2008. She has worked in both rural and urban optometric practice and spent 3.5 years at Joslin Diabetes Centre's Beetham Eye Institute in Boston. Most recently, she was a Staff Optometrist in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at The University of New South Wales and currently works part-time as the Professional Services Manager at Optometry Australia (NSW Division). Her clinical interests are in retinal pathology (with a particular interest in diabetic retinopathy) and colour vision.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Optometry, Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Prior to joining CFEH in 2012, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including rural and ophthalmology practice.Working at CFEH has allowed development of a special interest in glaucoma and research skills. She assists in running the glaucoma management clinic and has authored papers published in Optometry and Vision Science.

Lecture Summary:

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12/11/2019

CFEH Most Interesting Cases of 2019

(Attendance at the live webinar will earn 2T face to face CPD points and successful completion of the associated quiz will earn a further 1T face to face point.)

Rebecca Tobias, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher and Jaclyn Chiang, MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Bios:

Rebecca graduated from the Bachelor of Optometry degree at UNSW Australia with first class honours. She subsequently also completed her graduate certificate of ocular therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Following graduation Rebecca worked in full scope optometry in several private practices across Sydney.  She commenced her employment at CFEH in 2011 and since then has also engaged in clinical supervision of fourth and fifth year students at the school of optometry and vision science. Working at CFEH has allowed Rebecca to advance her clinical expertise as well as engage in research endeavours. She has taken a particular interest in macula pathology including the development of continuing professional development material for Australian Optometrists and co-authoring a publication on multimodal imaging in age related macular degeneration. Last year, Rebecca had the opportunity to present some of CFEH’s recent research on AMD at the ARVO conference in Denver, Colorado and has also authored an article on vitreous floaters published in Survey of Ophthalmology.

Jaclyn received her Bachelor of Optometry at UNSW Australia and subsequently completed the Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics and Master of Optometry. She worked in corporate optometry at several locations in Sydney prior to joining the CFEH team in early 2012.Jaclyn has been involved in various continuing education events at the Centre including presenting at seminars and webinars as well as developing online education material. Her area of interest includes optic disc pathology and central retinal diseases. She has authored a review paper on multimodal imaging for differentially diagnosing optic disc swelling published in Clinical and Experimental Optometry. Jaclyn is also involved in clinical research with her most recent study on optic disc herniation being submitted for publication.

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About CFEH Education

CFEH Education continuing education material is produced by the Centre for Eye Health in Sydney. The educational resources are world-class, being used for optometrists in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand.

The CFEH Education 10 webinar program is always popular, offering up to date and topical presentations on ocular disease from both experienced CFEH optometrists and guest ophthalmology speakers. There is also an extensive catalogue of Interactive case studies, video lectures and literature reviews available: 2019 CPD Catalogue

Free resources available through CFEH Education include Chairside reference materials and condition spotlight cases on topics of current interest: