Professor Fiona Stapleton - Head of School

Welcome to the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia website. The School graduates 40% of the 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. Within the eye and vision field, our graduates can be found 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 which provides a wide range of clinical services, and 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 Vision Cooperative Research Centre, a transnational research centre devoted to addressing the issues of visual defects and preventable blindness, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, the Centre for Eye Health and Optometry Giving Sight.

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 counties around the world.

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