Knowledge: Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will have:
- an understanding of the normal human visual system and its physical, chemical and biological foundations;
- an advanced understanding of the mechanisms and associated manifestations of ocular and visual system disease;
- an expert knowledge of current best practice management strategies for the safe and effective use of ocular therapeutic drugs;
- knowledge to be competent in the practice of optometry at a level that enables them to achieve and sustain registration with the appropriate professional bodies;
- knowledge required to manage the establishment, planning, promotion, finances, operations and workforce of an optometric practice;
- a strongly developed sense of professional and ethical responsibility for patients, colleagues and the community generally, and be aware of the moral and legal responsibilities of professional practice;
- knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to optometry and the vision sciences.
Skills: Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will have:
- skills to quantitatively describe light and its passage through optical systems (including ophthalmic instruments, ophthalmic lenses and the eye), design optical systems to meet required specifications, and quantitatively assess the nature and quality of optical images;
- skills to construct appropriate differential diagnoses, and to acquire additional information to arrive at correct definitive diagnoses;
- expert competency in clinical ocular examination using current best-practice methods, enabling them to fully assess and manage the health and visual performance of their patient;
- interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, that allow them to establish and maintain professional relationships with their patients, professional colleagues and the general community;
- skills in the practice of optometry at a level that enables them to achieve and sustain registration with the appropriate professional bodies;
- skills to take on a leadership role in the advancement of optometry on a global stage, both in clinical and research spheres.
Application of knowledge and skills: Graduates of the Doctor of Optometry course will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
- by resolving new situations in clinical practice in an effective and innovative way;
- by solving scientific problems in the visual and/or clinical sciences, as well as particular problems presented by patients;
- by developing a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, an ability to adapt to scientific, technological and social change, and a capacity to be creative and innovative.
Specific graduate attributes have been carefully defined, developed and mapped to every component of the course.