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ADONZ 2018 Annual Conference

Registrations are open for the ADONZ 2018 Annual Conference.  Go to our dedicated conference website to register and for all conference weekend information:

2018 SCHEDULE draft

Optical Dispensing course enrolments

Enrollments are open through ACOD for the 2018 year.  See the attachment and more information under the Resources/Student tab.

ACOD Ad 02-2018

CPD for Dispensing Opticians

All information about CPD for Dispensing Opticians is in the current CPD News:  CPD News 82 September 2018

The 2018-2019 CPD cycle is underway and all DOs have until 30 November 2019 to gain the 20 point requirement.

You can gain a possible 13 CPD points at the ADONZ 2018 Annual Conference.  Registrations are open through the conference website.  For all information and to register:

If you have any questions about CPD and your points please email the ADONZ office:


Use of Dispensing Optician Title

The title “Dispensing Optician” is protected by law and only registered practitioners are allowed to use this. If you are not registered as a Dispensing Optician, or if you are still studying, you are not allowed to use this title.

You may not be aware that the term “optical dispenser” should also not be used by persons that are unregistered. Section 7 of the HPCA Act 2003 states: “A person may only use names, words, titles, initials, abbreviations or descriptions stating or implying that the person is a health practitioner of a particular kind if the person is registered, and is qualified to be registered, as a health practitioner of that kind”.

The Ministry of Health’s view is that the title “optical dispenser” is so similar to the title “Dispensing Optician” that there is a real risk of consumers being misled.

The Ministry’s approach in enforcing the Act is to first seek compliance. In cases where the persons are unwilling to comply with the Act, the Ministry will seek to prosecute. Prosecutions under Section 7 carry with them a fine of up to $10,000.

The ADONZ recommends that students who are training to become Dispensing Opticians use the word “student” or “trainee” before the title Dispensing Optician so that there can be no confusion as to status.

The student (or supervisor) should ensure that the client / patient understands that you are a student, i.e. there should be at least a verbal exchange of confirmation (if not a written one).  Any other titles should not be used as they have the potential to create confusion for the public.

 Please make sure that you and the people you work with comply with the Act.