10 x 7-hour intensive workshops per semester
1 x 3-hour independent study weekly
1 x 3-hour project work weekly
1 Admission into BMSVMOPT-Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry
2 2 of OPTO8004, OPTO8007
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
1 OPTO8008 - Clinical Placements 2
1a OPTO8009 - Clinical Placements 3
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a))
Assumed knowledge
The entirety of the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), but in particular:

- OPTO3001 Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrists 1

- OPTO3003 Clinical Skills 1

- OPTO3004 Communication for the Consulting Room

The content of the following Master of Optometry topics:

- OPTO8001 Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrists 2

- OPTO8003 Clinical Skills 2
Assignment(s); Oral; Project; Seminar
Topic description
This topic's main area of focus is that of ocular therapeutics. At this point in the student's training they should have had significant exposure to therapeutic interventions and be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of this topic. As such the ocular therapeutics intensive is considered the master class of the student's clinical training. Students should feel empowered to confidently treat ocular conditions in a multi-disciplinary setting at this stage of training. Submission of the research manuscript and delivery of a final research seminar also occur during this semester.
Educational aims
This topic reinforces the student's optometry knowledge and skills students have acquired in preceding semesters, with a particular focus on ocular therapeutic interventions. A student's aptitude for therapeutic prescribing will be assessed by a viva panel and by submission of five case studies of patients they have attended to during their training. Research efforts over the previous three semesters will culminate in the submission of a research manuscript and each research group performing a research seminar to the Flinders University research community.
Expected learning outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students would be expected to:

  1. Have an absolute understanding of ocular therapeutic interventions

  2. Have an understanding of the role the optometry plays in shared care arrangements

  3. Be able to communicate clinical findings in both verbal and written formats with other healthcare professionals

  4. Be able to write clinical case study manuscripts for publishing in peer reviewed journals

  5. Be able to write a scientific research manuscript of sufficient quality for publication in a peer reviewed scientific journal