Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand
The Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) was established in 1996 with support of the optometrists registration boards in Australia and New Zealand, the Heads of the Optometry Schools, the Optometrists Association of Australia and the New Zealand Optometric Association. All are represented on OCANZ.
The aim of the accreditation process is to assess an optometry program against OCANZ Standards (see links to Standards below). A program’s accreditation status is subject to; any conditions the program has on its accreditation status being appropriately completed, there being no major changes to the program and to the satisfactory submission of annual reports by the School.
Once accreditation is granted by OCANZ, the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) and the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand (ODOB) must approve the decision before the program becomes an approved program of study for the purpose of registration in Australia and New Zealand.
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