Applications have opened for a course in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Australia run by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO).

The course, which recently completed a successful pilot year, will combine online study with practical sessions and lectures. Participants from New Zealand will need to travel to Australia to attend these sessions.

ABDO College principal Jo Underwood said: ‘In order to fully support students on the Ophthalmic Dispensing course who are based in Australia and New Zealand, we offer two one-week teaching blocks to supplement on-line course materials. In February I ran the first of the face-to-face teaching blocks. I introduced the practical elements required for year one of the course, gave additional theory support, and helped students understand the examination format. The group was hugely enthusiastic, really positive and excited about the programme.’