|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
Semester 1 - Online
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject is the foundation specialist program for eye banking and associated sectors. Graduates will commence with an exploration of the sector’s history, and the differences and similarities between eye, organ and tissue transplant sectors, before delving into theoretical and technical knowledge.
The subject is designed to transform graduates in to sector professionals through a comprehensive voyage into: anatomy and physiology of the eye, bioethics, regulations and governance (including the codes of Good Manufacturing - required for human biologicals), an introduction to different tissue types -such as cornea, sclera, amnion and stem cell therapies, donation principles and practice, donor selection, tissue recovery and processing techniques, and tissue allocation. Collectively, graduates will emerge from the course as autonomous professionals capable of critically analysing, evaluating and performing their duties as responsible professionals and custodian of human tissue for ocular application.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of the subject, students should be able to:
- Appreciate the history of corneal transplantation and eye banking and contextualise it within contemporary practice.
- Identify key principles of the ethical, legislative, governance and regulatory requirements surrounding eye banking practice.
- Describe the practice of comprehensive eye banking from donor identification to transplantation.
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of general corneal pathophysiology, corneal evaluation, and identify their important aspects in the treatment of corneal disease through transplantation.
- Apply knowledge of risk, disease transmission, and corneal pathology in the selection of eye donors.
- Translate the general principles of surgical practice into quality approaches to surgical retrieval of eye tissue.
- Link quality policies and management of clinical and technical risk, and relate these to overall quality management of donation to transplantation.
- Explain global variances in eye banking practice, legislation and governance, and the adaptation of practice to local health systems and culture.
- Ability to articulate, both written and oral, the key concepts and frameworks
- Developed analytical, evaluation and problem solving skills required to review, report and monitor professional practice and community expectations;
- The ability to adapt and respond to a rapidly changing professional environment;
- Mastered inter-professional relations and team work;
- Flexibility and adaptability required to work as a solo professional and a member of a multi-disciplinary professional body