Guide Dogs Association
The Chatswood Low Vision Clinic is a joint venture between UNSW and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. The clinic was first established in 1990 and has been actively servicing people from the Sydney area since then, providing expert magnification and optical aid provision, mobility services and referrals to other organisations where required. The clinic provides a combination of Orthoptist, Optometrist and access to Orientation & Mobility specialist expertise. Follow up and support is also provided to check on use of vision aids if required. Final year students from the School of Optometry and Vision Science are actively involved in the assessments done at the Chatswood Low Vision Clinic during the University teaching year. This collaboration between UNSW and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT will ensure better low vision services in the general community in the future.
If you would like additional information on Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, you can access their web site at http://www.guidedogs.com.au/.
Vision Australia runs satellite clinics in a number of Sydney and regional centres. The clinics are staffed with an optometrist, orthoptist and low vision case worker. The clinics provide a full range of low vision magnifiers, non-optical aids, training and advice.
The School of Optometry and Vision Science supports this initiative with one of the Vision Australia’s locations being in the UNSW Optometry Clinic in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. Final year optometry students are involved in the Vision Australia Clinic at UNSW, as well as at the Vision Australia Metropolitan Office in Enfield. This collaboration between Vision Australia and the UNSW Optometry Clinic improves the quality of low vision care provided in NSW, and standard of care by future graduate optometrists.
If you would like additional information on Vision Australia, you can access their web site at www.visionaustralia.org
Stewart House is a preventorium, so that children that attend there are normally in situations where they may be having problems at home or school from which they need a break. The children seen at Stewart House attend for a twelve-day period, where different educational and recreational activities are organised. The children also get a full medical work up whilst there are there. This includes medical, dental and optometric assessments and, if necessary, treatment and/ or referral to an appropriate health care practitioner.
The School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales, provides vision assessment for all children visiting Stewart House. The visual examination is a free service conducted by final year optometry students, under the supervision of experienced staff optometrists from the University of New South Wales. During university holidays, the staff optometrists from the School of Optometry and Vision Science provide vision care. These clinics operate on Wednesday and Thursday mornings during school term.
The visual examination includes measurement of the child's visual acuity, determination of any refractive error, assessment of how well the two eyes work together, colour vision testing and ocular health assessment. If spectacles, eye exercises or further assessment is required, a letter is sent to the parent or guardian, advising them of the visual problem and the suggested appropriate course of action.
If you would like additional information on Stewart House, you can access their web site at www.stewarthouse.org.au.
Bourke Aboriginal Health Services
The School of Optometry and Vision Science provides support for the Eye Team from the Department of Ophthalmology at the Prince of Wales Hospital in the eye care of aboriginal people, and the general population, in Bourke in outback NSW.
On a regular basis, the School provides an optometrist and optical dispenser who fly to Bourke via the Royal Flying Doctor service to examine patients at the Bourke Aboriginal Medical Service.
The optometrist examines the patients to determine their best visual correction and the optical dispenser assists the patients with spectacle frame selection and providing measurements to ensure that the spectacle lenses ordered will be appropriately placed in the selected spectacle frame.
Where possible, the spectacles will be provided at no charge to the patient through the VisionCare NSW spectacle scheme and, in many situations, spectacles may be available to the patient on the same day as the eye examination.
During the past 2½ years the School has provided over 120 pairs of spectacles in this programme.
For Further Information on the Bourke Satellite Clinic:
Telephone: (02) 9385 4359