Policy Statement: American Academy of Pediatrics – Children with Learning Disabilities

Orthoptics Australia and RANZCO jointly and fully endorse the Policy Statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (Section of Ophthalmology, Council on Children with Disabilities) the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Association of Certiffied Orthoptists. OA and RANZCO request parents, educators and health professionals pay particular attention to the summary of this policy statment.

OA – RANZCO Policy Statement

Refracting and Prescribing

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act regulates the refracting and prescribing of optical devices. As part of this legislation, orthoptists in all States and Territories are permitted to refract and prescribe glasses in certain situations.

For more information, visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website. AHPRA was formed by an act of Parliament and bound by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law as in force in participating jurisdictions, and its regulations.

Regulation of Drugs and Poisons

The administration of drugs and poisons is regulated by legislation in each jurisdiction. Below are links to the relevant legislation.

New South Wales

Medication Handling in NSW Public Hospitals


Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations


QLD Health (Drugs & Poisons) Regulation

QLD Health (Drugs & Poisons) Regulation Amendments Frequently Asked Questions