Preparing for practice

Preparing for practice

Graduating with an optometry qualification is just the first step in being able to practise as an optometrist. You also have to comply with regulatory requirements.

Registering with the Optometry Board of Australia
Optometric billing and Medicare
Prescribing medicines and the PBS
Professional Indemnity Insurance: for your whole career
Confidentiality and health records: take care with your patient’s privacy
Remuneration: what's Optometry Australia's stand?

This information is for optometry students in their final year of study and outlines the steps required to become registered as an optometrist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the Optometry Board of Australia.

New graduate optometrists should seek an initial provider number from Medicare as soon as their graduate registration with the Optometry Board of Australia is confirmed.

You need to understand the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and how to get a PBS prescriber number and pad.

If you practise optometry, you have a legal requirement to hold professional indemnity insurance that provides cover for claims brought against the insured due to their professional negligence.

The information on patient confidentiality explains your ethical and legal responsibilities as a health service provider.