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Healthcare education program

Free CPD for healthcare professionals

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) has launched free CPD courses for health professionals that have been developed with Australia’s leading retinal specialists, including world-renowned ophthalmologist Professor Paul Mitchell AO.

More than 1.4 million Australians have some evidence of AMD – the leading cause of irreversible severe vision loss and blindness in Australia – while between 300,000 and 400,000 Australians live with diabetic retinopathy – the leading cause of preventable blindness among people of a working age.

Healthcare professionals are at the frontline of patient interactions and have a valuable role in decreasing preventable blindness and in being an important part of the solution to reduce both the incidence and impact of macular disease.

MDFA’s courses include our specialist speaker series, webinars and self-paced learning aimed at improving the outcomes of macular disease. 

Our self-paced courses include education on improving patient communication about macular disease and its impacts, managing and reducing modifiable risk, ensuring high-risk individuals have regular eye examinations, and giving health professionals the necessary information to link people diagnosed with macular disease with appropriate supports and services.

Choose your profession to access free CPD

Optometry

  • Age-related macular degeneration

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is providing this free education module for optometrists with the support of the Commonwealth Government.

    The course is aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions.

    The Age-related macular degeneration course comprises 2x 30-minute modules and 2x 15-minute quizzes, and aims to assist you to manage and reduce modifiable risk, and improve your communication with patients about macular disease and it’s impacts.

    You will learn about linking patients diagnosed with macular disease with appropriate supports and services, and current best practice and strategies to recognise and encourage high risk individuals to have regular eye examinations.

    Start course now

  • Diabetic eye disease

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is providing this free education module for optometrists with the support of the Commonwealth Government.

    The course is aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions.

    The Diabetic Eye Disease course comprises 2x 30-minute modules and 2x 15-minute quizzes, and aims to assist you to manage and reduce modifiable risk, and improve your communication with patients about macular disease and it’s impacts.

    You will learn about linking patients diagnosed with macular disease with appropriate supports and services, and current best practice and strategies to recognise and encourage high risk individuals to have regular eye examinations.

    Start course now

  • Geographic atrophy secondary to age-related macular degeneration

    Webinar presented by Associate Professor Wilson Heriot.

    Watch now

  • Detection of neovascular AMD with OCT and OCT-A

    Webinar presented by Professor Paul Mitchell AO.

    Watch now

  • Age-related macular degeneration: classification, AREDS, management

    Webinar presented by Associate Professor Alex Hunyor (MB BS (Hons), FRANZCO).

    Watch now

  • Geographic Atrophy

    Webinar presented by Dr Fred Chen.

    Watch now

  • Clinical pearls in diabetic retinopathy

    Online panel discussion presented by Dr Amy Cohn, Dr David Fabinyi and A/Prof Peter van Wijngaarden.

    Watch now

Orthoptist

  • Age-related macular degeneration

    AOB Approved 4 CPD

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is providing this free education module for orthoptists with the support of the Commonwealth Government.

    The course is aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions.

    The Age-related macular degeneration course comprises 2x 30-minute modules and 2x 15-minute quizzes, and aims to assist you to manage and reduce modifiable risk, and improve your communication with patients about macular disease and it’s impacts.

    You will learn about linking patients diagnosed with macular disease with appropriate supports and services, and current best practice and strategies to recognise and encourage high risk individuals to have regular eye examinations.

    Start course now

  • Diabetic Eye Disease

    AOB Approved 4 CPD

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is providing this free education module for orthoptists with the support of the Commonwealth Government.

    The course is aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions.

    The Diabetic Eye Disease course comprises 2x 30-minute modules and 2x 15-minute quizzes, and aims to assist you to manage and reduce modifiable risk, and improve your communication with patients about macular disease and it’s impacts.

    You will learn about linking patients diagnosed with macular disease with appropriate supports and services, and current best practice and strategies to recognise and encourage high risk individuals to have regular eye examinations.

    Start course now

Pharmacy

  • Age-related macular degeneration

    APC accredited for 1.5 hour of Group 2 CPD or 3 CPD credits

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is providing this free education module for pharmacists with the support of the Commonwealth Government.

    The course is aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of macular disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions.

    The age-related macular degeneration course comprises two 30-minute modules and two 15-minute quizzes. It aims to assist you to manage and reduce modifiable risk and improve your communication with patients about macular disease and its impacts.

    You will learn about linking patients diagnosed with macular disease with appropriate supports and services, and current best practice and strategies to recognise and encourage high risk individuals to have regular eye examinations.

    Start course now

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  • Diabetic eye disease

    APC accredited for 1.5 hour of Group 2 CPD or 3 CPD credits.

    Macular Disease Foundation Australia is providing this free education module for pharmacists with the support of the Commonwealth Government.

    The course is aimed to increase awareness and knowledge of diabetic eye disease to enable early diagnosis and interventions.

    The Diabetic Eye Disease course comprises two 30-minute modules and two 15-minute quizzes. It aims to help you manage and reduce modifiable risk for your patients. The course also provides guidance on improving your communication with patients about diabetic eye disease and its impacts.

    You will learn about linking patients diagnosed with diabetic eye disease with appropriate supports and services, and current best practice and strategies to recognise and encourage high risk individuals to have regular eye examinations.

    Start course now

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  • AMD for pharmacists

    Webinar presented by Associate Professor Geraldine Moses and Dr David Hilford.

    This webinar touches upon important age-related macular degeneration (AMD) information for pharmacists including:

    • AMD overview & risk factors
    • Symptoms: common symptoms, noticing when symptoms worsen
    • Management and referral: role of supplements, maintaining the multi-disciplinary relationship
    • How pharmacists can better assist patients with AMD

     

    Watch now

General practitioner (coming soon)

Aged care worker (coming soon)

Aboriginal health workers and practitioners (coming soon)

Acknowledgements

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