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Clinical Optometry Practice (OPTO90026)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 100On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeOPTO90026
Year Long
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Note: This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Doctor of Optometry

Students will continue to integrate their knowledge of clinical vision sciences into an understanding of the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and will refine their advanced clinical diagnostic skills. They will complete study in the specialist areas of advanced contact lenses, paediatric optometry and low vision.

Students will participate in a professional practice stream of lectures which will address government and professional bodies, business skills, visual standards, communication and ethical considerations in optometry.

Throughout this subject, students will be required to demonstrate a high standard in clinical techniques and their capacity to apply these methods in the examination and management of patients in various clinical settings. Additionally, students will work in small groups and as individuals, both face-to-face and on-line, to explore the evidence-based management of clinical cases.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have developed a strong understanding of the mechanisms and associated manifestations of ocular and visual system disease at a level that allows them to construct appropriate differential diagnoses, and arrive at a definitive diagnoses and an appropriate management plan;
  • have 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 public;
  • have a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, with the ability to adapt to scientific, technological and social change, and a capacity to be creative and innovative;
  • be able to demonstrate their use of evidence-based clinical practice;
  • have 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;
  • have an expert knowledge of best practice management strategies to enable the safe and effective use of ocular therapeutic drugs;
  • have developed skills in advanced contact lens management and advanced paediatric management, as well as in the management of patients that present with low vision and neurological conditions; and
  • have demonstrated that they can competently perform clinical examinations on a range of patients.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to plan strategies for improving the management of information in the workplace
  • be able to work with colleagues to develop best practice in the delivery of eye care
  • be able to incorporate evidence based information into your clinical practice
  • be able to evaluate scientific literature as a foundation to evidence based practice
  • be able to apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to new problems
  • be able to reflect upon and identify deficiencies in your knowledge, and develop strategies to address those deficiencies
  • be able to independently advance your professional expertise and knowledge in optometry
  • be able to work as part of a team to address a common goal

Last updated: 15 August 2019