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Webinar Wednesday - Adapting communication and approach to accommodate dementia (ODOB Accredited)
Webinar Wednesday - Adapting communication and approach to accommodate dementia (ODOB Accredited)

Wed, 27 Mar



Webinar Wednesday - Adapting communication and approach to accommodate dementia (ODOB Accredited)

Online webinar on the last Wednesday of every month on a variety of topics designed to upskill the Optical Dispensing Community. FREE for ODA Members!

Time & Location

27 Mar 2024, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT


About the event

Hosted by Optical Dispensers Australia and Presented by Marianne Coleman of the University of Melbourne.

This webinar has ODOB CPD Approval

  • Event name: Adapting communication and approach to accommodate Dementia
  • ODOB accredited Event Number:  60045
  • Credits approved: Dispensing Opticians, General-1
  • Accreditation end date:  12/02/2026

Presentation Synopsis

This webinar will provide a brief overview of what dementia is, and what it isn’t, and why good eyesight matters to people living with dementia in any setting. Our research project explored the routine eye examination from the perspective of optometrists, people living with dementia and carers, so this webinar will also cover the eyecare access barriers that people living with dementia can experience, and why these are relevant to dispensing. Some evidence-based and pragmatic tips for dementia-friendly dispensing will be shared from our research study, including common challenges with glasses, communication, respecting choices, and identifying early warning signs of responsive behaviours.

Presenter Bio

Marianne is an early career researcher and orthoptist. Marianne worked in the UK National Health Service and later trained in clinical research, including visual psychophysics with a focus on binocular vision and amblyopia. Marianne moved to the University of Melbourne in 2020 to work as a Clinical Vision Research Fellow. She works between the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, and the Australian College of Optometry's National Vision Research Institute. Marianne's pioneering dementia research has been funded by the UK Royal Society of Medicine, Fight for Sight (the UK's leading sight loss research charity) and the Dementia Australia Research Foundation. Her research has been guided at each stage by people living with dementia and carers.

*NB: This Webinar is pending CPD accreditation through ODOB for NZ Dispensing Opticians

All ODA Members are granted FREE access to this CPD Event and will gain 1 ODA CPD Point. Login to your account before purchasing your ticket for the discount to be automatically applied at checkout. Non-Members may register for a cost of $55 (incl GST). Optometrists may claim non-clinical CPD points in accordance with Optometry Australia board guidelines and processes.

NOTE: “ODOB is NOT the organiser, has NO connection with, and has NOT sponsored this event."


  • Live 1 Hour Webinar 7pm AEST

    Tax: GST included



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