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ABDO expands course offering to Australia and New Zealand

The association’s ophthalmic dispensing course is now available in Australia and New Zealand

Jo Underwood teaching
The Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) has confirmed that it will offer its Ophthalmic Dispensing course in Australia and New Zealand.

The rollout follows a successful one-year pilot in both countries.

The course, which will combine online study with lectures and practical sessions, will be run by ABDO College.

President of ABDO New Zealand, Donald Crichton, highlighted that training to be a dispensing optician has taken a “upward trajectory” in the country. “There is interest in the course, which is being well supported in line with our population,” he said.

Head of ophthalmic lenses and dispensing advancement at Specsavers in Australia and New Zealand, Richard Couch, welcomed the course. He explained: “There is a tremendous desire for dispensing advancement in both Australia and New Zealand. The fact they local optical dispensers can engage directly with lecturers in Australia will really appeal and should take participation to a new level.”

ABDO College principal, Jo Underwood (pictured), who led a one-week teaching block for the course in Melbourne earlier this year, said: “The group was hugely enthusiastic, really positive and excited about the programme”