Orthoptists are eyecare professionals who specialise in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of vision and eye disorders.
The curriculum is centred on enquiry-based learning. Theory and knowledge of eye disease is integrated with orthoptic skills for competent investigation, diagnosis and management of patients. You will attend clinical placements within the Eye and Ear Hospital clinical school network and other clinical settings where you will learn to further develop and refine your clinical skills and patient management strategies. These clinical settings include private ophthalmology clinics in metropolitan Melbourne, as well as the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Royal Childrens Hospital, Northern Health, Alfred Hospital, Austin Health and Monash Medical Centre. Clinical education leading to entry-level competency is the focus of the final 18 months of the course, with opportunity for rural, interstate or international clinical placements.
Applicants will preferably hold a Bachelor's degree in vision science, health sciences or biological sciences completed within the last five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Graduates without an initial degree deemed to have provided a foundation in human anatomy, physiology, and/or vision sciences, will be required to undertake a bridging program. An applicant with a Bachelor's degree awarded more than five years ago will not be considered unless the applicant has subsequently completed a postgraduate course or provided evidence of other continuing academic activity.
Indicative (2015): $26,260 per 120 credit points.
Recipient: La Trobe University
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