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During the final six months, you will undertake training as a 'student resident' in a variety of clinical optometric and medical settings. These clinical rotations will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills in supported environments under the supervisions of qualified optometrists. Clinical rotations will include time in a regional setting, and where possible students from rural and regional backgrounds will be placed near their community of origin.
The Deakin Optometry curriculum is aligned to the competencies defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), the accrediting body for optometry courses in Australia and New Zealand. 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.