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Statements and Guidelines

In addition to the Board’s Standards of Clinical Competence, Cultural Competence and Ethical Conduct, the Board has developed a number of Statements and Guidelines that the professions must adhere to.

The Statement on Release and Receipt of Patient Information outlines the law with regard to the Privacy Act, and releasing patient information to them or to another health provider.  This statement also includes information on the rare occasions that a charge can be made for release of information. Click here to view this statement.

The Statement on Internet and Electronic Communication outlines the legal and ethical obligations of conducting practice or parts of practice over the internet. Click here to view this statement.

The Telehealth Standards sets out the telehealth standards expected of optometrists and dispensing opticians when providing telehealth services to members of the public. It is effective from 12 July 2022. Click here to view this standard.

The Statement on Amniotic Membrane Transplantation highlights information regarding amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT). Click here to view this statement.

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 latter. Click here to view this guideline.

For competence assurance policies, including Policy on Risk of Harm, and Supervision Guidelines, click here.

Guidelines for registered health care workers on transmissible major viral infections – Click here to view these guidelines.

Statement on the steps to take when closing a practice/preparing for the future. Click here to view this.


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.