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Deakin Optometry is unique in respect to the use of an authentic case-based curriculum and the extensive industry based learning. Together these elements of the curriculum will provide graduates with a high level of problem solving ability, a high level of clinical proficiency and experience and a solid understanding of the practical aspects of working as an optometrist. As part of the Deakin Medical School, Deakin Optometry combines expertise in clinical education with a brand-new, state-of-the-art optometry facility, multimedia and innovative flexible learning modalities, and a modern curriculum that reflects the clinical, managerial and commercial demands on today's optometrists.
The holistic approach to the course design ensures the curriculum is aligned to the competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) and enables you to develop the attributes, discipline-specific knowledge, professional behaviours and standards required to practise as an optometrist within Australia and New Zealand. The course is delivered in three parts, including prevocational studies, case-and team-based optometry modules and industry-based learning.
Deakin Optometry is in the process of being assessed for ‘accreditation with conditions’ by OCANZ. This accreditation will then need to be confirmed after the first cohort of students graduate in mid-2015. Thereafter Deakin Optometry will be subject to the same 8-year accreditation cycle applicable to all Australasian Optometry Schools.
During the first three years of the course, you will be based at the brand new REACH facility at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, which includes a fully-equipped clinical skills laboratory and optometry practice that facilitates simulation based learning, examinations and research. You will also have the opportunity to undertake two short-term industry placements in a range of clinical settings including hospitals and community health centres in and around both Geelong and Melbourne. These placements will prepare you for the intensive industry-based learning placements in the final six months of the course.