Ocular Therapy 2

Next Start Date: Term 3 2019   

Ocular Therapy 2 (12 units of credit) is designed to fulfil the practical experience 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 allow students to gain supervised experience in the management of prescribed ocular diseases using pharmaceuticals. Application of skills developed in Ocular Therapy 1 will be required as students will be expected to participate in ocular examination, differential diagnosis, pharmaceutical prescribing, follow up and referral. A variety of different clinical placements including within private and hospital ophthalmology clinics will be assigned to provide as broad an experience as possible. Summative evaluation of student’s ability to independently prescribe pharmaceuticals and manage disease will be done through preparation of case reports, reflective journals and successful completion of an oral examination.  

Participation in this course involves at minimum 35 hours in private practice clinics, 15 hours in hospital placements and approximately 95 hours to research, write and prepare the required case reports prior to the oral examination. Admission to this course is limited to registered optometrists in Australia and New Zealand. Successful completion of Ocular Therapy 1 is required prior to enrollment in Ocular Therapy 2.

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