Why become a member of ACBO?

ACBO is the professional association for independent optometrists who wish to differentiate themselves by focusing on functional vision care, neurodevelopmental optometry and vision therapy.

ACBO members have the same qualifications as all other optometrists registered in Australia, and may also have additional qualifications such as Fellow of ACBO, COVD, or may have completed the Behavioural unit of the Masters of Optometry at UNSW.  ACBO members have an obligation to attend Continuing Professional Development events specific to Behavioural Optometry, additional to that required to maintain their registration.

ACBO Members adhere to the following Codes, standards and guidelines:

Behavioural Optomery offers a philosophy of practice which explains vision beyond the eyeball and the letter-chart.  It is a whole-body approach to vision.  Becoming an ACBO member sets you apart in the optometry community.  From education to information, your ACBO membership will give you the tools you need for the pursuit of excellence.

On joining, you will receive our Welcome Pack which contains your membership card, information on how to get the most out of your membership, sample patient care pamphlets, and vouchers for special ACBO member offers from our generous sponsors.

 

Membership Fees (12 months)

All ACBO membership fees are for12 months from date of joining.

  Fellow Member Therapist Associate Student
Australia (GST incl.) $595 $595 $180 $180 FREE
New Zealand & International $220 $220 $170 $170 FREE
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What Members Receive

  Fellow Member Therapist Associate Student
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  • ACBO Membership period is 12 months from date of commencement for all membership types.
  • ACBO will not refund any part of a membership subscription fee if a member chooses to terminate their membership mid-term.

Membership Types

A member of ACBO has completed the four or five years of undergraduate study to achieve a Bachelor of Optometry degree.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Members must be registered practicing Optometrists
  • On joining, new members must agree to comply with ACBO's Code of Ethics
  • Members must attend at least one 2 day conference every 12 months to maintain their membership

Fellows are those optometrists who have completed the fellowship examination process, which takes 3 years. They must pass a rigorous assessment program to achieve Fellowship to the College. Evaluation includes comprehensive written, oral and clinical examinations and the writing of a literature review. Fellows must also undertake 30 hours of additional continuing education each year to maintain their Fellowship accreditation, and must regularly submit papers for publication.

Fellows receive all the benefits of certified members and are recognised by other professionals and the larger community as providing the highest level of professional behavioural care. Fellows are given priority listing in the member's directory.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Fellows must remain financial ACBO members to retain their status

Download information about becoming an ACBO Fellow »

Accreditation of Vision Therapist provides therapists with recognition within the optometric community of their valuable and skilled role.

The following criteria apply to those candidates seeking such accreditation:

  • The candidate must work with an ACBO Member
  • The submission of a range of assignments in varied areas of vision therapy to the ACBO Examination Board for review to ensure an appropriate standard of care
  • The Accredited Vision Therapist needs to continue work under the supervision of an ACBO Member to maintain accreditation.

Accredited Therapists may join ACBO in this capacity to benefit from its ongoing continuing education programs which may be unavailable to other vision therapists.

Download information about becoming an Accredited Vision Therapist »

This membership type is suitable for:

  • Members taking an extended break from practice
  • Maternity or extended Family Leave
  • Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Referrers or others with an interest in Behavioural Optometry

Associate Members are able to view the Members' Blog & Forum, but only full Members are eligible to post.

Graduate students are given 12 months’ complimentary membership.  Students must provide proof of student status.
This level of Membership is Perpetual (no need to renew) and is a FREE membership awarded at the discretion of the ACBO Board. Honorary Members enjoy all the benefits of ordinary Members.
This level of Membership is Perpetual (no need to renew) and is a FREE membership awarded at the discretion of the ACBO Board. Retired Members enjoy all the benefits of ordinary Members, but have no listing in the member's practice directory.

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