Orthoptics Australia is the peak body for orthoptists, representing over 500 members. The organisation strives to promote and advance the discipline of orthoptics in public hospitals, private practice, agencies and ophthalmology practices.
Orthoptics Australia’s vision is to strive for excellence in eye health care by promoting and advancing the discipline of orthoptics. By supporting members to further their work and career opportunities, the organisation aims to improve eye health care for patients in all health care settings and the wider community. Orthoptics Australia supports early intervention to provide the best vision outcomes across the human life span.
Orthoptics Australia actively seeks to implement career and work benefits and opportunities for its members. The organisation is devoted to supporting its members and advocating for better health outcomes for all Australians. Orthoptics Australia provides information for other health professionals, professional support to members and education for the public to support early detection of eye disorders and disease in the wider community.
The practice of orthoptics is regulated by the Australian Orthoptic Board (OBA). The OBA provides accreditation to members who have undertaken an approved university qualification, which is currently offered at 2 universities– La Trobe University in Melbourne and the University of Technology in Sydney. Members must also meet ongoing continuing professional development standards and a code of ethics. There are mandated Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements to be registered with the Board.
Orthoptists must be registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board to qualify for Medicare benefits, private health fund benefits and to provide services for the NDIS.