Specialist Certificate in the Management of Paediatric Patients

Where will this take me?


Continue your professional development

For optometrists in Australia and New Zealand, this Specialist Certificate easily satisfies your annual CPD point quota, as determined by the Optometry Board of Australia.

Successful completion of this subject provides 25 points of credit into the Master of Clinical Optometry.

Please note: Registration to practice in Australia is not granted on completion of this course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the subject you will have:

  • A more detailed knowledge of the principal theories of childhood development, normal learning processes and visual development
  • A greater capacity to critically appraise literature relating to paediatric eye care
  • An effective process for taking a thorough paediatric history that encompasses the relevant developmental, visual, medical and educational issues
  • Advanced your clinical skills and developed effective assessment approaches for children based on age and cognitive ability
  • An ability to analyse the various models of the accommodative-vergence system and of refractive disorders and apply these models to the assessment and management of these disorders using an evidence-based approach
  • A greater working knowledge of aetiology, clinical presentation and management of strabismus, amblyopia and commonly presenting incomitancies
  • A greater working knowledge of the epidemiology of childhood eye conditions and the impact they may have on childhood development
  • A greater understanding of disorders of visual processing, the means of their assessment and the multi-disciplinary nature of their management
  • A greater capacity for highly evolved communication with both children and their families in the overall care of the paediatric patient
  • An ability to modify and improve practice based on dialogue, self-reflection and life-long learning.