We are excited to announce the launch of the Clinical Teaching and Demonstration Service (CTDS) for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at the University of Melbourne Eyecare clinic.

Optometrists are invited to participate in this new initiative, which aims to promote clinical excellence in AMD care through demonstrating the latest, cutting-edge research in optometric practice. The project stems from the NHMRC Translating Research into Practice Fellowship awarded to Dr Laura Downie.

The AMD CTDS provides practitioners with the opportunity to attend, with one of their own patients, for a clinical consultation with guided best-practice care. The service will have access to state-of-the-art clinical equipment (including the Spectralis OCT) and you will be provided with newly developed AMD clinical tools, guidelines and educational materials. As an added bonus, optometrists will earn 6 therapeutic CPD points (approval pending).

There are no costs to optometrists or patients in attending. The consultation will be held at the University of Melbourne eyecare clinic (2/800 Swanston Street, Carlton) and may take up to two hours. The sessions are led by Dr Laura Downie and A/Prof Peter Keller.

If you would like to obtain some more information, please contact Laura directly (, Ph 9035 3043).