Professional Development - Myopia Management Masterclass

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Optometry Non-Award Professional Development


Myopia Management Masterclass

Partner Faculty

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences


Myopia is a potentially sight threatening condition with increasing global prevalence. In the year 2000, about 23 percent of the world's population were myopic and 2.7 percent had high myopia. It has been predicted that by 2050, these statistics will rise to 49.8 per cent and 9.8 per cent respectively (Holden et al., 2015).

There is an evolving evidence base relating to interventions that have the potential to slow down the rate of myopia progression during childhood. This ‘Myopia Management Masterclass' will provide practical insight into contemporary myopia management for optometrists, by integrating clinical cases with the research literature. The course will provide clinicians with the skills necessary to navigate through the scientific literature, as relevant to myopia, and provide attendees with practical take home messages to integrate within their own clinical practice.

Course Description

This two-day, interactive short course focuses upon the childhood management of myopia, and is designed for optometrists seeking to further their expertise in this practice area.

The topic areas to be covered in the course include:

*Myopia global picture (epidemiology, public health implications, etc.)
*Ocular complications of myopia
*Evidence-based approach to myopia diagnosis and management
*The landscape of myopia practice in Australia
*Discussing childhood myopia management with adult care-givers
*In-depth consideration of clinical evidence for myopia management  including interventions, such as spectacles, contact lenses, pharmaceutical agents
*Myopia clinical case studies
*Orthokeratology practice (e.g., fundamentals of ortho-k, corneal topography, patient selection, ortho-k lens fitting, day 1 examination, review/aftercare)

Delivery Mode

In-person; combination of lectures, tutorials and hands-on, orthokeratology fitting workshop

Who Should Apply


Entry Requirements

Degree in Optometry (or equivalent)

Academic and Teaching Team

Course coordinator and lead – Dr Laura Downie
Guest facilitators – Tim Fricke, Russell Lowe, Tim Martin

Delivery Dates and Times

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September 2018
8.30am – 5.30pm both days

Delivery Venue


Course Fees

Early Bird (on or before June 1st) $900 +GST ($990)
Late Registration (after June 1st) $1200 +GST ($1320)

NOTE:  This course is dependent upon achieving minimum numbers and fees will be refunded if the course does not go ahead.

Fee Inclusions

Course delivery, course materials, catering (morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea) and 36 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points (with 18 of these therapeutic points).

Also a certificate of course completion.

Contact Us

Alexis Beaumont
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 03 9035 3480