Dr Paul Levi, president of ACBO
Behavioural optometry extends the reach of eye and vision care. It encompasses the field of neurodevelopmental optometry and its application in areas such as learning difficulties, traumatic and acquired brain injury, sports vision and binocular vision dysfunction.
It’s interesting and challenging.
Dr Paul Levi is the president of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry. He is an optometrist who practices in Perth WA but gained his optometric qualification in the USA.
Paul says any optometrist can get into behavioural optometry. ‘A great way to become involved is to visit an ACBO Fellow and watch them conduct an eye exam,’ he said. ‘You will find that ACBO Fellows are passionate about their profession and very happy to talk to interested colleagues.‘
Good news for students
- The college provides free 12-month membership for optometry students. About one in 10 of the optometric profession holds ACBO membership.
- Discounts are available for students attending the annual national ACBO Vision Conference, which is a great way to meet practitioners at all levels of experience.
ACBO runs a packed calendar of education events. Four online modules that are part of the Practical Vision Therapy program are a recent innovation. This program is a great introduction for both new and experienced optometrists who are just starting out in behavioural optometry and are interested to learn about vision therapy, or for those considering offering vision therapy in their practices.
College members can extend their theoretical and clinical skills by becoming an ACBO Fellow. The University of New South Wales offers a Behavioural Optometry Course as a unit of its Master’s program. This course is a prerequisite for Fellowship application to the College.
The college regularly runs networking dinners in most capital cities. All are welcome to attend so come along and join in.
You can find out more at www.acbo.org.au.