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Practice Standards

Section 118 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act) requires the Board to set standards of Clinical Competence, Cultural Competence and Ethical Conduct for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

Standards of Clinical Competence

For Optometrists

Click here to view the Standards of Clinical Competence for Optometrists for the Optometrist scopes of practice.

For Dispensing opticians

Click here to view the Standards of Clinical Competence for Dispensing Opticians

 

Standards of Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety

For Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

Click here to view the Standards of Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety. 

These standards apply to both professions and will be effective 1 January 2022.

 

Standards of Ethical Conduct

For Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

Click here to view the Board’s Standards of ethical conduct for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians (2021).

These standards apply to both professions.

 

Guideline on the maintenance of professional boundaries

The Guideline on the Maintenance of Professional Boundaries for Optometrists & Dispensing Opticians explains and defines professional boundaries with the intention of making optometrists and dispensing opticians aware of their responsibilities towards their patients in terms of appropriate and inappropriate relationships and how to avoid the latterClick here to view this guideline.

 

Dispensing Opticians – Practising Legally

The Board has prepared an information pamphlet for Dispensing Opticians which explains how to practise legally and in accordance with the Optical Dispensing Scope of Practice. Click here to view this pamphlet.

 

Board Statement on Release and Receipt of Patient Information

The Board has fielded many queries from practitioners and members of the public about whether optometrists and dispensing opticians can charge for release of patient information.

The Board has developed a statement which clarifies what is a complex issue, and outlines the legal obligations of practitioners with regard to the Privacy Act. Click here to view this statement.

In response to the updated Privacy Act that comes into force on 1 December 2020 the Board has developed an updated version of the Statement on Release and Receipt of Patient Information. Click here to view this statement