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  • 23 March 2015

    Applications are now open for: NSW Rural Allied Health Clinical Placement Grants, NSW Rural Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarships and NSW Rural Allied Health Undergraduate Scholarships.  Applications close: 10 April 2015.

  • 23 March 2015

    Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith's latest paper was lucky enough to have one of it's figures chosen as 'Image of the Week' for the American Journal of
    Physiology - Cell Physiology. 

  • 23 March 2015

    Did you know? One in 10 Australian children suffers from a long-term eye disorder*. If you have school aged children they should have their eyes checked regularly.

  • 20 March 2015

    Last week our Stage 4 Peer Mentor Team had fun organising an ‘eyemazing race’ with our new Stage 1 Mentees.  The Mentees, or ‘contestants’ raced around campus, striving to be the first to arrive at the allocated ‘pit stops’. The day was capped off with a BBQ outside our UNSW Optometry Clinic.  

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Research Spotlight

Optometrists are used to looking after their patient’s visual needs in the consultation room. But it is also important that they look after their own comfort and health.

When an optometrist examines their patient’s eyes, they may need to place their body in awkward and sustained postures. Over time, this can take its toll on the body and the optometrist may experience work-related discomfort (WRD).

In what is likely to be a world-first, Dr Jennifer Long has developed a suite of resources to help students recognise the signs of WRD and understand how to make adaptations to their work environment to reduce their personal risk of WRD. Resources have also been developed for clinical supervisors and lecturers to assist their teaching for this very important issue.

This project builds on Dr Long’s PhD research into work-related discomfort in Australian optometrists. Guidelines for optometrists and employers of optometrists have already been published by Optometry Australia, the professional association for optometrists.

Two of the clinic supervisor resources, an introductory video into WRD in optometry and a guideline for clinical supervisors are available through UNSWtheBOX.