Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board

Important information

You are about to access a copy of the New Zealand Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board list of registered practitioners. This list of active practitioners (holding a current practising certificate), and inactive practitioners is updated daily. Please contact the Registrar if you have a query related to the Register or a particular practitioner on 04 474 0705.

 

The Board requires all of its registrants to renew their practising status with the Board annually, regardless of whether they intend to practise. On the Register you will see people with the following statuses:

'Registered, current certificate' - a practitioner holding this status has been issued with a current practising certificate entitling them to practise, has been deemed fit and competent to practise by the Board, and is participating in the Board's compulsory practitioner recertification programme.

'Registered, maintaining Reg only' - a practitioner holding this status has notified the Board that they do not intend to practise during the current practising year, and they are not actively participating in the Board's compulsory practitioner recertification programme.

'Registered, maintaining Reg/CPD' - a practitioner holding this status has notified the Board that they do not intend to practise during the current practising year, but they are actively participating in the recording of continuing professional development activities to maintain their competence to practise for future practising periods.

'Registered, not practising' - a practitioner holding this status has not notified the Board of their practising intentions for the current year and may be out of communication with the Board. The Board regularly reviews the Register and writes to practitioners who have lost touch with the Board in accordance with the HPCA Act. A practitioner's entry in the Register may be cancelled by the Board if they do not respond within a certain prescribed timeframe set under the Act. 

 

If you are looking for an optometrist authorised to prescribe ophthalmic medicines, you are looking for an optometrist on the Register who is registered in the 'Optometrist Scope of Practice' who does not have a condition listed on their scope of practice that indicates they are not authorised to prescribe medicines.

If you are looking for an optometrist able to independently manage and prescribe for glaucoma patients, please click here for a list of these Board-approved optometrists.

An optometrist registered in the 'Provisional Optometrist Scope of Practice' provides evidence-based comprehensive eye health and vision care in a professional and ethical manner (excluding the prescribing of therapeutic medicines), in accordance with the HPCA Act, works under supervision, and is in the process of completing Board-accredited training to prescribe therapeutic medicines. 

For a full definition of the Board's three scopes of practice, click here

The full Register is available for inspection at the Board's office in Wellington and copies may be purchased.

To purchase a copy of the Register, please complete this application form and submit it to the Board's office.

The Board does its best to maintain the accuracy of the Register, but if you believe the information to be incorrect please contact us on 04 474 0705.

Practitioners must promptly inform the Board of address changes.

 

 
Changes to Optometrist Scopes of Practice

Effective from 1 April 2017, changes made to the optometrist scopes of practice came into force. The previous four scopes of practice have been rationalised to just one - the 'Optometrist Scope of Practice' - and a new 'Provisional Optometrist Scope of Practice' has been introduced for overseas-qualified practitioners wishing to Register in New Zealand who do not currently hold a qualification that includes therapeutic prescribing. Click here to view the Board decision issued on these changes. 

If you have any questions about someone's scope of practice listed on the Register, please call 04 474 0704.

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Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board

Level 5, 22 Willeston Street,
Wellington 6011
PO Box 9644, Wellington 6141
Tel: +64 4 474 0705, Fax +64 4 474 0709

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