Children at early years learning centres across the state now have access to onsite eye screening services thanks to an interdisciplinary partnership between the Caring Futures Institute, Office of the Early Years and Goodstart Early Learning Centre.
Associate Professor Yvonne Parry, from the Caring Futures Institute, and Professor Nicola Anstice, from Optometry, are collaborating with partners to deliver universal health assessment and developmental screenings across multiple Goodstart Early Learning Centres, including Belair, Paralowie, Nuriootpa, Whyalla and Mount Gambier.
Research lead Associate Professor Parry says that the introduction of the optometry team at the centres has already proven popular, and was welcomed by parents and staff.
‘The parents find it very convenient to receive comprehensive health assessments, including optometry, and developmental screenings at the childcare centre. Parents are often concerned in case they are missing issues with their children, they don’t know about and yet can’t take time off for appointments,’ says Associate Professor Parry.
‘This interdisciplinary opportunity has showcased the skills of the CNHS staff and students.’
Registered Nurse and Associate Lecturer Matt Ankers supervises and provides support to optometry students, who are offered the opportunity to undertake their placements within a Goodstart centre.