Full course description
1 February - 14 March 2024
Online self-paced & learn with others
Early bird 25% discount | Valid until 28 December
Use promo code APEC25 at checkout
What are the course learning outcomes?
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Increase your understanding of typical ocular and visual neurodevelopment in the healthy child
- Assess visual function, ocular alignment and motility, refractive status, and ocular health of infants and pre-literate children and interpret clinical findings
- Diagnose common paediatric eye conditions
- Apply an evidence-based approach to the communication with, and examination of, an infant or young child
- Develop and communicate management plans (including relevant prescribing of optical correction) to parents/guardians and other health professionals
- Apply research evidence to clinical decision-making
- Summarise and communicate findings
What core topics are offered?
For lifelong learning, the following topics are offered in this short course to develop and increase your knowledge, understanding and skills in paediatric optometry:
- Comprehensive clinical eye exam of infant and young child
- Typical general and visual pathway development in children
- The child with a developmental delay
- Management of Childhood refractive error
- Childhood strabismus – diagnosis/classification
- Childhood strabismus – management
- Common ocular health concerns in children
Who is this course suited to?
This short course is tailored for health practitioners who would like to advance their skills and knowledge in paediatric eye care for lifelong learning.
The course is building on entry-level competencies and is recommended for practitioners with at least 2 years of clinical experience. For example, those who assess children referred from childhood vision screening programs, see a large number of children in their practice or who work in collaborative and team-based care.
Online Synchronous Sessions (via Zoom)
The short course is online comprising self-paced learning from anywhere at anytime, as well as, learning with others via Zoom. Synchronous Zoom sessions will be available soon.
What are the course credentials?
This short course is worth 3 Faculty Medicine and Health Executive Certificate in Health (FMECH) credit points, which provides formal recognition of professional development and reflects 30 hours of learning inclusive of pre-work and course participation. Upon course completion you will be issued with a verifiable digital badge from the UNSW Medicine & Health indicating the points awarded.
The 30 hours of learning and verifiable credential can be counted towards your continuing professional development (CPD). Please check with your college as the credential provides documentary evidence which may substantiate activities claimed under your college program.
Can I use my credit towards further study?
You can partake in additional short courses with FMECH points to achieve a total 150 hours of study. Once you have achieved a total of 15 points, reflecting 150 hours of study, you can use the 15 points to apply for recognition of prior learning for 6 units of credit (UOC) towards a postgraduate program within UNSW Medicine & Health, including Master of Health Leadership and Management. It is essential to complete and submit the course assessment on or before the final day of the course if you wish to apply to use the points towards credit for a UNSW postgraduate program in the future.
Price is inclusive of 30 hours of learning, digital badging, online credential learning resources, evidence-based research, practical tools and techniques, support and course completion assessment.
Basic technology requirements
All our short courses are available in Canvas. To complete this short course, you will need access to a desktop computer, laptop or device with sufficient internet access and a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.
Additional discount available for UNSW Medicine & Health Short Course partners! To collect your additional discount, please insert "Partnership Discount" in the email subject and send to the Short Course Team.