Specialist Certificate in the Management of Paediatric Patients

Course overview

  • 6 months part time
  • Online
  • Available to domestic and international students


Please note: There will be no intakes for the Specialist Certificate in the Management of Paediatric Patients in 2022.

This Specialist Certificate is a part-time course for established optometrists seeking to continue their professional development and build skills in the developmental, visual and educational issues relevant to paediatric optometry.

Offered by the Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences in the School of Health Sciences, this online course covers central issues in the field of paediatric optometry, with the aim of developing your capacity for effective management of paediatric patients, including co-management with other professionals involved in paediatric care.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for already-qualified optometrists looking to advance their existing skills and knowledge. This course does not carry professional accreditation and is not a pathway to professional registration as an optometrist.

You will also gain accredited continuing professional development (CPD) points as you study and work towards the Masters qualification*.

*CPD points are relevant to practitioners based in Australia or New Zealand. Suitably qualified overseas candidates are also welcome to apply.

International students are welcome to study this course. However, please note that this course is not available to international students who require a student visa to study in Australia as it does not meet the onshore study requirements and it is not registered with CRICOS.


This Specialist Certificate provides 25 credit points towards the Master of Clinical Optometry, the University of Melbourne’s premier course for established optometrists.

Other components of the Master of Clinical Optometry can be undertaken separately as Specialist Certificates: