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Previous consultations

Consultation to revoke RMIT University’s Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing as an accredited and prescribed qualification with the Board

The Board consulted on its proposal to revoke RMIT University’s Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing as an accredited, and prescribed qualification.

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This consultation is now closed.

One submission was received in support of the proposal. On 18 July 2022, the Board approved the proposal and the Gazette was submitted on 19 July 2022.

Consultation on the draft Revised Clinical Standards for Dispensing Opticians

The Board consulted on its draft Revised Clinical Standards for Dispensing Opticians.

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Appendix 1

Appendix 2

This consultation is now closed.

The Board received seven submissions for this consultation. Once they have considered all the submissions, the outcome will be communicated as soon as it is avaliable.

Consultation on draft Telehealth standards

The Board is consulting on its draft Telehealth standards for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

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Appendix 1

Appendix 2

The Board received five submissions for this consultation. On 12 July 2022 the Board approved the draft Telehealth Standards (and revised statement of on Internet and Electronic Communication). Both are effective as on 12 July 2022 and uploaded on the Board’s website – Statements and Guidelines.

Consultations on the proposal to introduce a new Specialist optometrist scope of practice to include Ophthalmic Laser Surgeries

The Board consulted on the proposal to introduce a new Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries.

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Appendix 1

Appendix 2A

Appendix 2B

Appendix 3

This consultation is now closed.

The Board received 23 submissions for both consultations – the proposal to introduce a new Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries, and the proposal to introduce a precribed qualification for those who wish to train and be registered in the Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries.

The Board approved the proposal for the New Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries.

The combined summary report of the submissions received can be viewed here: Submission summary report (May 2022).

Consultation on the proposal to introduce a prescribed qualification for those who wish to train and be registered in the Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries

The Board consulted on a proposal to introduce a prescribed qualification for those who wish to train and be registered in the Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries.

Click here to view the consultation document.

Appendix 1

This consultation is now closed.

The Board received 23 submissions for both consultations – the proposal for a new Specialist scope of practice to include Ophthalmic laser surgeries, and the proposal for a precribed qualification for the Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries.

The Board approved the proposal for a precribed qualification for the Specialist optometrist scope of practice – Ophthalmic laser surgeries.

The combined summary report of the submissions received can be viewed here: Submission summary report (May 2022).

Consultations on Standards of Cultural Competence for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

The Board consulted on a proposal of its revised Standards of Cultural Competence for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

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Click here to view Appendix One

This consultation is now closed.

Seven submissions were received. After careful review the Board made some modification, mostly related to the preamble/background, and to include “cultural safety”. A few cosmetic edits were made to enhance usability. The standards will be effective 1 January 2022.

 

Consultation on Accreditation Standards for Optical Dispensing Education Programmes

The Board consulted on Accreditation Standards for Optical Dispensing Education Programmes.

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Click here to view Appendix 1

Click here to view Appendix 2

This consultation is now closed.

The Board received four submissions. The Accreditation standards and its associated guidelines document have been approved and will be effective 1 January 2022.

 

Consultation on Revised Standards of Ethical Conduct for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

The Board consulted on a proposal to revise the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians.

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Click here to view Appendix 1a

Click here to view Appendix 1b

Click here to view Appendix 2

Click here to view Appendix 3 

This consultation is now closed.

 

Consultation on a proposal to include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Recertification Programmes for Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists

The Board consulted on a proposal to include Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Recertification Programmes for Dispensing Opticians and Optometrists

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Consultation on proposed changes to the DO Scope of Practice

The Board consulted on a proposal to amend the Dispensing Optician Scope of Practice.

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This consultation is now closed.

Six submissions were received for this consultation.

 

Draft Naming Policy Consultaon

The Board was required by the 2019 amendments to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act) to develop a naming policy to describe the circumstances under which an optometrist or dispensing optician who is the subject of an order or determination may be publicly named. This policy had to be in place by 11 April 2020. The Board consulted on a draft Naming Policy.

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This consultation is now closed.

Three submissions were received for this consultation.

The final version of this policy can be found here.

Fees Consultation 2020/21

The Board consulted on a proposal to reduce the disciplinary for optometrists for the practising/financial year commencing 1 April 2020.

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This consultation is now closed.

One submission was received for this consultation, indicating no objection to the proposal. The Board resolved to proceed with its proposal and a new Fees Notice was published in the New Zealand Gazette on the 29th of January 2020.

FBDO (Malaysia) Qualification Amendment

The Board consulted on a proposal to amend one of the qualifications currently prescribed for the Dispensing Optician Scope of Practice. This proposal related to the FBDO (Malaysia) qualification offered by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO).

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This consultation is now closed.

Two submissions were received for this consultation, both in support of the proposal. The Board resolved to proceed with its proposal and a new Scopes of Practice notice was published in the New Zealand Gazette on the 13th of December 2019.

Removal of requirement for Edging and Fitting unit 

The Board consulted on a proposal to amend one of the qualifications currently prescribed for the Dispensing Optician Scope of Practice. This proposal relates to the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing qualification offered by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

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This consultation is now closed.

The Board received 9 submissions on the Board’s consultation; 2 from interested organisations and 7 from individual practitioners.

Introduction of requirement for ethical and cultural CPD in recertification programmes

The Board consulted on a proposal to modify the requirements of the recertification programmes it has set for the two professions.

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This consultation is now closed.

The Board received five submissions on the Board’s consultation; 1 from an interested organisation and four from individual practitioners. All supported the introduction of the requirement so long as there was adequate CPD available. The Board considered these submissions and resolved to proceed with its proposal. The Board intends to ensure it makes adequate CPD available, including at annual Association conferences. The Board further resolved to encourage practitioners to bring anything they hear or learn about to the Board’s attention so that the Board can approach the organiser to be accredited.