15 Aug 2017
Applications for funding are now open under the Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust.
The VOTE Trust, established in 2010 by the former Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria, aims to advance and foster the practice of optometry and related techniques, procedures and policies, principally in Victoria, through research and education to improve patient outcomes.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available under the scheme.
Optometry Board of Australia Chair, Ian Bluntish, said the scheme also seeks to improve Victorian optometrists’ ability to practice and Victorian students’ ability to undertake training principally in Victoria.
‘The VOTE Trust is interested in supporting projects that aim to benefit Victorian optometrists and their patients and provide broader benefits to optometrists and the public,’ Mr Bluntish said.
Projects that received grants for 2016-17 included the development of online e-learning resources for optometrists aimed at enhancing cultural awareness and a new interactive system supporting practitioners in critical appraisal to identify quality research to apply in clinical practice.
The 2017–2018 applications are open from 14 August 2017 to 5.00pm on 11 September 2017.
Further information, including preparing an application, guidelines and eligibility, are available on the VOTE Trust page.