Welcome

Professor Fiona Stapleton - Head of School

Welcome to the website of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia. Our School graduates 40 percent of new optometrists in Australia, making it the largest Australian School. In addition to undergraduate education, the School offers a range of postgraduate coursework and research degrees. Our graduates can be found within the eye and vision field in clinical practice, industry, public health, hospitals, education and academia around the world.

The School is located on the Kensington campus and incorporates the UNSW Optometry Clinic, which is open to the public and provides a wide range of clinical services. It also incorporates the Optics and Radiometry Laboratory, which provides a test, calibration, research and development service in matters related to light and colour. The Rupert Myers Building is also home to several other eye research and education organisations including the Brien Holden Vision Institute, the Centre for Eye Health, Optometry Giving Sight and the Vision Cooperative Research Centre, a transnational research centre devoted to addressing the issues of visual defects and preventable blindness.

In undergraduate education, our aim is to produce graduates of the highest calibre with both superior clinical skills and a thorough understanding of the vision science that underpins clinical practice. A BOptom BSc (UNSW) leads directly to registration throughout Australia, in New Zealand and Malaysia as well as being recognised in many countries around the world.

Optometry was a founding discipline of UNSW and the School takes pride in its achievements in teaching and research over the last 50 years. We look forward to expanding and optimising our activities, as well as continuing our leading role in responding to the challenge of providing outstanding vision care for all and providing the knowledge infrastructure to support our changing profession.