At Specsavers Aus/NZ we are well versed in assisting overseas trained optometrists to become OCANZ-qualified* – enabling them to migrate and practice in Australia and New Zealand as fully qualified local optometrists. Over the past five years our Melbourne-based team has helped 118 overseas-trained optoms through the program – with another 14 professionals going through in early July 2018.
Of the initial 118, 52 are currently Joint Venture Partners (JVPs – our store owners) in their store, while a further 40 are still with Specsavers as employed optometrists.
Our support package
OCANZ exams are like any significant test of competence – the better prepared you are, the more likely you will be to qualify at the first attempt. And that’s what our team is focussed on, helping candidates navigate the whole process of study and migration, to make the grade and make the move as soon as possible. Our support includes:
- Keeping candidates up to date with relevant information on OCANZ, Visa requirements, and any changes to registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority)
- Learning and familiarisation sessions in Melbourne and in the UK in the lead up to the practical exams
- Case studies from candidates who have passed through the OCANZ exam process with Specsavers
- Online training support
- Online migration support
And once the exams have been passed and OCANZ qualification finalised, we make sure the migration aspect is managed as smoothly as possible. A dedicated consultant is assigned to you, to:
- Help you to identify the right opportunity (either JVP or employed roles)
- Manage your migration process including Visas, AHPRA registration and Medicare ‘provider number’ applications and relocation
- Cover your critical costs including Visas, Therapeutics, Travel to Australia (1-way flight + accommodation for an agreed period to settle in a location)
For full details of the support package that the Specsavers Port Melbourne team offers to overseas-trained optometrist wanting to move to Australia or New Zealand, contact Madeleine Curran on +61(0)3 9091 8932 (direct), +61(0)437 840 749 (mobile) or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
*OCANZ (Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand) is the Australia-based authority charged by the two governments with managing the qualification process– there are both theory and practical elements to the exams.