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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.

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.

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.

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.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Melbourne Optometry School admissions timeline for the 2015 intake

Are you interested in the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne? Then you should note these important admissions timelines:

University of Melbourne Optometry School

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Early Round Applications

Applicants with a completed degree and OAT/GAMSAT/MCAT are eligible to apply in the Early Round.

Applications close: July 31, 2014

Outcomes: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of August, exact date TBC. Applicants not successful in the Early Round will automatically be considered with the Timely Applications.

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, 2014

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) 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

  • 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). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. OAT results are 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. 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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If you have any questions about studying optometry, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355. Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia!

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Melbourne Optometry School applications close in two weeks

Are you interested in studying optometry? This is a reminder that the University of Melbourne Optometry School applications will be closing September 29, 2013. In order for your application to be submitted on time, OzTREKK is encouraging applicants to have all applicable application documents at the OzTREKK office before Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 at 3 p.m.

University of Melbourne Optometry School

Learn more about Melbourne Optometry School

The University of Melbourne Optometry School Doctor of Optometry (OD) 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.

Doctor of Optometry (OD) graduates combine depth and breadth of optometric practice knowledge.Melbourne OD 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 (OD) 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

  • 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). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. OAT results are 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. 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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If you have any questions about studying optometry, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

 

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

University of Melbourne Optometry School EyeCare Clinic

About University of Melbourne 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, immediately opposite University Gate 3 (pedestrian entrance).

Melbourne Optometry School

Learn more about Melbourne Optometry School

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

Doctor of Optometry (OD) Program at the University of Melbourne

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) 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.

The final year is entirely clinical (Advanced Clinical Optometry Practice). Students develop advanced experience in all areas of clinical practice, particularly general optometry practice, disease management, contact lenses, pediatrics and low vision management. Rotations through placement sites that include University of Melbourne EyeCare, primary / tertiary eye care sites in city and rural Australia, and international eye care sites will provide a breadth of clinical experience. The extended length of the clinical year offers a level of clinical exposure commensurate with that of the Doctor of Optometry courses offered in North America.

Capstone experience

Compulsory overseas and national externships form the capstone experience for students of the Doctor of Optometry. A capstone experience is designed to draw together the various strands of a students education to prepare them for life as a graduate.

These externships, which see students practicing in a variety of environments, will enable them to develop a national and global perspective on optometry, and to experience the similarities and differences in the practice of eye health management throughout the world.

Program: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: Late February or early March
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Timely applications deadline is September 29, 2013

Apply to the Melbourne Optometry School!

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For more information about how to become an optometrist, including optometry program entry requirements, application deadlines, and how to apply to optometry school in Australia, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

 

 

 

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Melbourne Doctor of Optometry admissions timeline

Are you interested in the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Melbourne? Then you should note these important admissions timelines:

Early Round Applications

Applicants with a completed degree and GAMSAT/MCAT are eligible to apply in the Early Round.

Applications close: July 31, 2013

Outcomes: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by August 28, 2013. Applicants not successful in the Early Round will automatically be considered with the Timely Applications.

Timely Applications

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

Applications close: September 29, 2013

Outcomes: There are three outcome rounds.

  • Round 1: Applicants will be notified of the outcome by October 31, 2013.
    Applicants who do not receive an offer may be placed on a waiting list and will be automatically considered in Round 2 if required.
  • Round 2: If a second round is required, applicants will be notified of the outcome by January 10, 2014.
    Applicants who do not receive an offer may be placed on a waiting list and will be automatically considered in Round 3 if required.
  • Round 3: Depending on acceptance rates, there may be a very late round. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by February 22, 2014.

Entry Requirements for the Melbourne Doctor of Optometry

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) 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

  • 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). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. OAT results are 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. 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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For more information about how to become an optometrist, including optometry optometry program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to optometry school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools page.

If you have any questions about studying optometry, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about optometry programs at Australian universities.

 

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Melbourne Optometry School applications are open

Got your eye on optometry? Well, we’ve got great news! The University of Melbourne Optometry Schools applications are open for the 2014 intake via OzTREKK!

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) at the University of Melbourne is a 4-year full-time master’s level program that offers intensive training in the clinical discipline of optometry. The course covers the basic and applied vision 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 an overseas site as part of their final year of study.

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

Entry Requirements:

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) 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

  • 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). There is no minimum OAT score; however, as there are limited places available, selection is highly competitive. OAT results are 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. 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!

Learn what an OzTREKK student thinks of the optometry program at University of Melbourne:

University of Melbourne Optometry School student discovers passion for helping others in Doctor of Optometry program.”

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Find out more about the Melbourne Optometry School.

For more information about how to become an optometrist, including optometry optometry program entry requirements, application deadlines, how to apply to optometry school in Australia, tuition fees, scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools page.

If you have any questions about studying optometry, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Optometry Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady by emailing rachel@oztrekk.com or calling toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about optometry programs at Australian universities.