Pharmacy and optometry join forces in Australia

Pharmacy and optometry join forces in Australia

Optometry Australia has assisted with the development of an online course launched today by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, to help pharmacists manage eye conditions with non-prescription medicines and improve referral pathways between the professions.

The course is a joint initiative of The Pharmacy Guild, Alcon Laboratories and Optometry Australia. The first module in the course details the expanded scope of practice optometrists are playing in primary eye health as half the profession is now therapeutically endorsed.

Eye-drops are the sixth largest medicinal category in pharmacy, according to the guild.

Optometry Australia’s national professional services manager Luke Arundel says the project is an important collaboration that will strengthen relationships between the two professions.

‘Pharmacists and optometrists play an important role in managing and treating common eye problems. Because many patients initially present to their local pharmacy, the community would benefit from accurate and timely treatment or effective referral and comanagement of these conditions,’ Mr Arundel said

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Topic: Optical News