Visions: Eyecare Clinic Training Australia's Best

Uploaded by unimelb on 23.10.2011

The University of Melbourne's newly expanded eye care clinic
is providing real-world clinical training for the next generation
of Australian optometrists.
The state of the art clinic in Swanston Street is the only
one of it's kind in Victoria open to the public.
It is amongst the largest full-scope training clinics
in the southern hemisphere for optometry students.
The clinic is the training ground for current
Bachelor of Optometry students and in the future will train
students of the University of Melbourne's
Doctor of Optometry which is an Australian first.
Previous head of Optometry and Visions Sciences,
Dr Alex Gentle, said the University of Melbourne is
providing a huge point of difference when it comes
to optometry training.
The facility has been design to give our students
the best possible clinical training before they graduate.
We've expanded the clinic to give them more clinical
context than they've had previously and that will
make Melbourne unique throughout Australia.
It's also given us the space to introduce new specialist
clinics in areas that students perhaps have not had so
much experience in in the past.
Some of those areas
include a Keratoconus fitting service which is a disease that
affects about one in a thousand of Australians
and is easily managed with contact lenses and
students don't get enough experience at the moment
at fitting these contact lenses.
And our partnership with Keratoconus Australia in
establishing this clinic will allow us to see that our
students see a number of these patients before graduation
which is to the the benefit of the Australian public and
obviously to the benefit of the students.
Our students, again, probably don't see enough
children as they go through their training and establishing
this specialist paediatric clinic staffed by experts in
the field who will guide the students through those
examinations, will allow us to improve the experiences
of the students on graduation.
This is really a key clinic for certainly the University and
for Keratoconus Australia.
It's the first clinic of it's kind where in a teaching capacity
students will have the opportunity to see Keratoconus
patients so before students actually hit private practice
they at least will have heard about Keratoconus and will
have had the opportunity to fit patients with a rigid contact
lens or whatever treatment may be required.
It's really great training here because we've got new
technology and we get to see a wide base of clients
with all different problems and a wide age range as well.
And it's also really good because it's a student clinic
run for students and by students as well.
People wishing to make appointments at the
University EyeCare Clinic should call 03 9347 1714
Monday to Friday nine to five or Saturdays nine to one.