Ocular Therapy 1

Next Start Date: Late January/Early February, 2019 (Term 1)  

Ocular Therapy 1 (12 units of credit) is designed to fulfil the didactic requirements outlined by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) for optometrists to prescribe ocular pharmaceuticals in Australia and New Zealand. It is one component necessary for completion of the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics from UNSW Australia.

The aims of this course are to provide the required knowledge for the safe and effective use of pharmaceuticals in ocular disease management. Foundations of pharmacological management will be established through coverage of basic biochemistry, pharmacology, microbiology and immunology principles and concepts. Differential diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the anterior segment of the eye, including disorders of the lids and ocular adnexae, conjunctiva, cornea and uveal tract will build upon the foundation principles to address the pathophysiology and natural history of these diseases. Diagnosis and management of glaucoma by optometrists in Australia will also be presented. The legislative and legal environment for the use of pharmaceuticals in Australia by endorsed optometrists and other health care professionals will also be covered. As the pharmacological management of disease presents an evolving standard of practice as new research, drugs and guidelines are released, an emphasis will also be placed on student self-evaluation and development of self-directed learning skills to ensure lifelong learning.  

This intensive course will be delivered through recorded online presentations and assigned readings, with live discussion webinars with experts to review, ask questions and apply the material. Physical travel to the UNSW Australia campus in Sydney is only required for evaluations and hands on workshops. High speed internet is required to connect to course presentations and participate in webinars. All reading resources required for this course will either be provided or available online through the UNSW library. 

Admission to this course is limited to registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand. Successful completion of this course is necessary to proceed to Ocular Therapy 2, which is the clinical placement portion of the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at UNSW.  

Further information, including admissions requirements and course fees can be found in the UNSW Handbook