HMO703 - Community Optometry 1


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 3: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)^

Credit point(s): 4
EFTSL value: 0.500
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry or H710 Master of Optometry





Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 600 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

The equivalent of four days per week (approximately 8 work hours per day) placement, in community settings (approximately 11 weeks, some of which fall outside of trimester time). Approximately 8 hours per week (the equivalent of 1 day), across 10 within-trimester weeks, undertaking a structured, online-delivered program. This online program will involve engaging with specified resources, consisting of an online curriculum and twice-weekly webinar participation. Approximately 5 days (of 8 hours each, distributed across the two weeks constituting the final week of trimester and the study period) of structured consolidation of learning.


^Students enrol at Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and undertake clinical placements in metropolitan, rural and regional Victoria.

You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


In this unit students will undertake clinical placements in community optometry settings in metropolitan, rural and regional Australia for the equivalent of four days per week. Their learning will be supported by access to online-accessible learning materials and an online logbook enabling them to map their clinical development progress. One further day per week will be devoted to completion of a online-delivered learning program, self-directed private study and webinar participation. Students will extend their previous learning of the competencies for optometry practice defined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) through application in the community optometry settings. There will be particular attention to assessment and prescribing of pharmacological interventions for common conditions in optometry. The experience gained will enable students to analyse and reflect upon legal and ethical issues; professional, management and business development; and the social, public and population health context of optometry practice.

Hurdle requirement

  • Attendance on all scheduled clinical residential placement days.
  • Verified completion of on-line log-book entries for each clinical interaction, every day on placement.

Unit Fee Information

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