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Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Melbourne optometry application deadline approaching

Are you interested in studying optometry? University of Melbourne optometry applications will be closing October 27, 2017. 

Melbourne optometry application deadline approaching

Find out more about Melbourne optometry!

The Doctor of Optometry is a four-year program and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Melbourne optometry graduates combine depth and breadth of optometric practice knowledge. Students will participate in a rigorous graduate-level learning experience, which fosters the development of sophisticated clinical skills and a respect for the value of evidence-based practice; will be trained to work in an ever-changing and complex environment, which utilize leadership and clinical skills; and will be eligible to register to practice as a therapeutically endorsed optometrist in Australia, and to register to practice in several overseas countries.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects

Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes three subjects at level 2 or level 3 (or equivalent) from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. All test results are valid for two years.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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Do you have any questions about the Melbourne optometry program? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

University of Melbourne optometry students provide eye care to 3,000 Sri Lankans

Lecturer Dr Kwang Cham and students Anjalee Athukoralage, Victor Liu, Tom Morton and Noni Rupasinghe from the University of Melbourne  Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences conducted eye checks and dispensed glasses to 3,000 low-income earners in Sri Lanka this January.

University of Melbourne optometry students provide eye care to 3,000 Sri Lankans

Melbourne optometry students (Photo: University of Melbourne)

In collaboration with the not-for-profit Global Hand Charity Inc., the team self-funded their trip in order to treat people who had travelled from distant villages and waited in long queues to have their sight checked. The students were able to practice their skills under the supervision of experienced optometrists and make referrals for customised glasses. The new glasses mean that many adults can resume their livelihoods while young people will be aided in their study.

Regina Lau, Medical Coordinator at Global Hand Charity, wrote to the Dean to praise Dr Cham and the students involvement and singled out Senior Optometry Lecturer Christine Nearchou who was instrumental in recruiting the students and organising 1,200 pairs of recycled glasses.

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences has backed the program for the past four years by supporting lecturers and students to perform eye care work in the outlying districts of northern Laos and Sri Lanka.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The optometry program at the University of Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: October 27, 2017

Entry Requirements

The Melbourne optometry program is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

  1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects
  2. Write the OAT
  3. Submit a personal statement

The university may conduct interviews via Skype or teleconference with short-listed candidates.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Optometry School!

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Find out more about the Melbourne optometry program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Melbourne optometry students conduct eye tests for Glasses for Kids

A new program offering free eye tests and glasses at Victorian schools is set to transform the learning environment of children in prep to year three—up to a third of whom may have unidentified vision problems.

Melbourne optometry students conduct eye tests for Glasses for Kids

Melbourne Optometry students will conduct eye tests as part of the Glasses for Kids program (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

Final-year Melbourne Optometry students will conduct eye tests at more than 100 schools as part of the Glasses for Kids program launched recently by the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino.

The three-year program is being delivered by the university in partnership with  the not-for-profit group State Schools Relief (SSR), and the Department of Education and Training Victoria.

The new Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, Professor Shitij Kapur, said common problems in this age group included long-sightedness, turned eyes and colour vision problems.

“The importance of both good education and good health to a child’s future cannot be underestimated,” Professor Kapur said.

“Unidentified vision problems often lie at the root of poor educational outcomes for children and our students will be intervening to prevent this.  We are delighted to be working with State Schools’ Relief and the Department of Education and Training to deliver this program. ”

At one school in a trial conducted earlier this year, 330 children were tested and 125 were found to need glasses.

Associate Professor Daryl Guest, the clinical director at University of Melbourne EyeCare, said final-year optometry students were excited to be part of a major public health initiative that would help children and their teachers.

“For many of these kids, simply prescribing glasses has completely transformed their experience of school, improving their concentration and behaviour.

“We need early screening because kids of this age won’t tell you, ‘I can’t see the blackboard.’ They’ll just disengage from learning and fall behind.”

University of Melbourne Optometry School

Optometry is the occupation of measuring eyesight, prescribing corrective lenses, and detecting and managing eye disease. It is a professional allied health discipline based on the optical, visual, and biomedical sciences. An optometrist’s role is to solve their patients’ visual problems.

The Melbourne Optometry degree is a 4-year full-time program that offers intensive training in the clinical discipline of optometry. The course covers the basic and applied optical, visual, and biomedical sciences that underpin optometry, and delivers a comprehensive clinical training that commences in the first year of the study. During the course, students will have the opportunity to undertake a research project, in an area relevant to the discipline, and will be given the opportunity to undertake clinical training at metropolitan, rural and overseas sites as part of their final year of study.

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Would you like more information about the Melbourne Optometry program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Melbourne Optometry application deadline is approaching

Are you thinking about studying at Melbourne Optometry School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is coming up on Friday, Oct. 28!

Why Canadians Like the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

Melbourne Optometry application deadline is approaching

Study optometry at Melbourne

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the Melbourne Optometry School is one of the world’s leading schools of optometry. It enjoys a fine reputation for its teaching and research. The department has a large clinic, providing excellent practical experience along with personal tuition for its students. The Victorian College of Optometry cooperates with the university in the training of optometry students and the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is located within the premises of the college. The National Vision Research Institute and the Clinical Vision Research Australia are affiliated with the college and access its facilities.

Program at a Glance

  • 4-year program (full-time study)
  • Mix of coursework and clinical practice
  • Access to the university’s state-of-the-art optometry practice as well as the university’s strong links to hospitals, community and professional bodies in Australia and worldwide
  • Eligible to register to practice as a therapeutically endorsed optometrist in Australia, and to register to practice in several overseas countries
  • 64 places available

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Application deadline: October 28, 2016

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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For more information about the Melbourne Optometry program, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Inside the Melbourne Optometry EyeCare Clinic

The Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences operates the University of Melbourne EyeCare practice, which offers patient care primarily for University of Melbourne staff and students, but is also open to the general public and for specialist referral by other practitioners. The practice is located on Swanston Street, Carlton.

Inside the Melbourne Optometry School EyeCare Clinic

Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

The clinic runs eight consulting rooms, including specialist Pediatric and Keratoconus rooms. The range of consulting room equipment regularly found in private optometric practices is augmented by cutting-edge equipment not normally available. Images, plots and other data from diagnostic equipment is stored digitally. Wireless networked touch-screen notebook computers in each consulting room equipped with Sunix Vision practice management software link to this repository enabling a totally digital practice record system.

The clinic offers the following specialist diagnostic equipment:

  • Optos optomap
  • Cirrus HD-OCT
  • Visucam Pro NM Fundus Camera
  • Atlas 9000 Corneal Topographer
  • Humphrey Field Analyzer II-i
  • Humphrey Matrix Perimeter
  • Nidek Tonoref II Auto Refractor/Keratometer/Tonometer
  • Nidek RT-5100 Auto Refractor Head
  • Designs For Vision Digital Photography Slit Lamp
  • Vistavision Computerised Chart

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The optometry program at Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Early round – July 28, 2016; Timely round – September 27, 2016

Entry Requirements

The Melbourne optometry program is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

  1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects
  2. Write the OAT
  3. Submit a personal statement

The University of Melbourne may conduct interviews with short-listed candidates. The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences would conduct interviews with Canadian applicants via Skype or teleconference.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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Find out more about the Melbourne optometry program! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, April 15th, 2016

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry applications

The University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry is a 4-year full-time program that offers intensive training in the area of optometry. The course covers the basic and applied vision sciences that underpin optometry, and delivers comprehensive clinical training starting in the first year of study. During the course, students will undertake a research project, in an area relevant to the discipline, and will have the opportunity for clinical training at an overseas site as part of the final year of study.

University of Melbourne Optometry School

Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

Admissions Timeline for 2017 Intake

Both application rounds are open to all applicants who have GAMSAT/OAT and who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree during 2016.

Early Round Applications
Applications close – July 28, 2016

Timely Round Applications
Applications close – September 27, 2016

Applicants not successful in Round 1 will automatically be considered Round 2.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD)

The optometry program at Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years

Entry Requirements

The Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects

Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes

  • one university second- or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second- or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT

Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). OAT test result is valid for two years.

There is no minimum GPA or GAMSAT/MCAT/OAT requirement to apply for the program; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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For more information about the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Optometry program, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

What is the Optometry Admission Test?

What is the Optometry Admission Test (OAT)?

The OAT is a standardized examination designed to measure general academic ability and comprehension of scientific information. The OAT is sponsored by the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) for applicants seeking admission to an optometry program.

University of Melbourne Optometry School

Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

The OAT consists of four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Physics and Quantitative Reasoning.

Do you need to study for the OAT?

Yes, you should definitely study for the OAT, as it will affect your chances of being admitted to the Doctor of Optometry program. When you are preparing to take the OAT, OzTREKK recommends the following:

  • Look for test preparation materials and a sample test. Check out the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) website. They also have an OAT User Guide and helpful tips.
  • Study guides are usually available and through book suppliers. Search for “optometry admission test sample” or “optometry admission test preparation.”
  • Do an online search for “optometry admission test.” YouTube has many videos about the OAT.

When should you take the OAT?

At least one year of university education, which should include courses in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, is required prior to taking the OAT. Most students, however, elect to complete two or more years of university prior to taking the exam. If you plan to apply to the February/March 2017 intake of the Doctor of Optometry at Melbourne, you should consider writing the OAT as soon as you feel you are ready so that if your results are not as you expected, you have time to rewrite the exam.

When is the OAT examination administered?

The OAT exam is computerized and examinees are allowed to take the OAT an unlimited number of times; however, you must wait at least 90 days between testing dates. Only scores from the four most recent attempts and the total number of attempts will be reported.

You must apply for your test with the OAT Program and receive your electronic notification prior to scheduling your testing appointment with Prometric. Tests are administered year-round at Prometric Test Centers in the United States, its territories including Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.

Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne

The Doctor of Optometry is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2016 intake, the early round application deadline was July 30, 2015; the timely application deadline was September 29, 2015.

Apply to the University of Melbourne Optometry School!

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Would you like more information about the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Optometry program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at 1-866-698-7355 or adam@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Investigating blood vessel control in the retina

Dr Bang Bui of the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences and Prof Erica Fletcher (University of Melbourne Medical School, Anatomy & Neuroscience) have been awarded an ARC Discovery grant with funding of $359,800 over three years.

University of Melbourne Optometry School

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The project aims to increase understanding of how neurons in the central nervous system alter blood flow to meet their metabolic needs. Tight control of the retinal vasculature is crucial for maintaining normal vision. Unlike most blood vessels in the body, those in the retina and brain receive no direct neural control. Rather, they rely on support cells to communicate the needs of neurons.

This project aims to examine whether resident immune cells called microglia regulate blood vessels in response to neural activity. This knowledge would improve understanding of how blood vessels are controlled in the retina and brain. The results may guide the development of novel ways of examining blood vessel function.

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences has 13 principal research groups that investigate a vast range of topics related to vision science and optometry, including clinic-based research and laboratory-based research on the eye and brain in health and disease. Research groups commonly collaborate across other disciplines such as anatomy, engineering, psychology, physics, and ophthalmology, as well as with industry partners.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The optometry program at Melbourne Optometry School is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years

Entry Requirements

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects

Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes

  • one university second- or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second- or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT

3. Submit a personal statement

Applicants must provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) in support of the application explaining your motivation to study optometry.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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For more information about the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Optometry program, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Melbourne Doctor of Optometry application deadline

Considering optometry? Keep in mind that the Timely Round application deadline is coming up at the end of September!

University of Melbourne Optometry School

Study optometry at the University of Melbourne

Timely Applications

This is the primary application round and is open to all applicants who have OAT/GAMSAT/MCAT and who have completed or are completing an undergraduate degree.

Applications close: September 30, 2015 (complete applications must be received by Sept. 29)

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD)

If you’re interested in vision sciences, the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne may be for you! The four-year program consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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For more information about the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Optometry program, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Shapes, lines and movements are in the eye of the beholder

New thinking about how we perceive shapes, lines and movement suggests this information is first deciphered in the retina of the eye, rather than within the brain’s visual cortex as previously thought.

Learning more about the circuitry of the sensory systems is essential to making medical advancements in the treatment of conditions such as dyslexia and schizophrenia or even to develop the next generation bionic eyes.

University of Melbourne Optometry School

Learn more about optometry at the University of Melbourne

A new paper in Trends in Neurosciences, authored by University of Melbourne neuroscientist Professor Trichur Vidyasagar at the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences and Professor Ulf Eysel from Ruhr-University-Bochum in Germany suggests we process orientation and movement of objects in the same way we process their colours.

The vast majority of information about the world around us is processed in the visual cortex of the brain, but it has long been known that colour is a different case.

Colour perception is initially processed in the eye itself by three types of receptors within the cone cells of the retina that are sensitive to blue, green and red.

Information sent from the cone cells is measured by the brain’s primary visual cortex as a ratio of the activity of the three cone types. Every perceived colour has thus, a unique ‘ratio’.

“Our sensory world of colour is first painted by only three primary pigments rather than drawn with hundreds of different coloured pencils, which is a very efficient way of processing” Prof Vidyasagar explains.

“But we have found that the way colour is processed may not be unique to colour perception, but may also apply to perception of most sensory stimuli.

“When we observe that the orientation of a line or an edge is vertical, horizontal or oblique, or that one object is larger or darker than another, or how fast an object is moving, our nervous system uses the same simplifying and combining principles as it does when perceiving colours.

“The mechanisms for registering, for example, a line’s orientation, are already in the retina in a coarse form. And just like colour, the visual cortex is only required to sharpen these signals.”

The new theory is at odds with the dominant school of thought that sensitivity to lines and edges is first developed only in the brain’s cortex.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Optometry (OD)

The Doctor of Optometry is four years in duration, and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements, with the clinical component commencing in Year 1 and gradually increasing to full time in the final year. Opportunities exist for clinical-related research to be conducted as a required component of the degree.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February / early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: September 30, 2015

Entry Requirements

The Melbourne Doctor of Optometry is available only to those applicants who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or are in the final year of completing an undergraduate degree.

To be considered for admission into this program, a Canadian applicant must comply with the following:

1. Have completed an undergraduate degree and prerequisite subjects:
Successfully completed at least a three-year bachelor’s degree, which includes

  • one university second-year or third-year subject in anatomy or cell biology; and
  • two university second-year or third-year subjects from one or more relevant biological science disciplines.

2. Write the OAT:
Applicants will be required to complete an admissions test, either the Optometry Admission Test (OAT), the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or or the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). OAT test result is valid for two years.

3. Submit a personal statement:
Applicants must provide a written statement (maximum 500 words) in support of the application explaining your motivation to study optometry.

There is no minimum GPA or GAMSAT/MCAT/OAT requirement to apply for the program; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive.

The university may conduct interviews via Skype with short-listed candidates.

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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Find out more about the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry program. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or 1-866-698-7355.