Optometrists are in high demand in our community.

Gain the practical skills needed to change lives


An optometrist is a primary health care provider, often being the first point of professional contact for people experiencing problems with their eyes or who have difficulty seeing. Optometrists have a unique role in providing accessible and vital eye care to the community. Apart from general practice, optometry is the only profession to have its consultations covered by Medicare without the need for a referral.

Optometrists are experts in: the optics of lenses, eye health and visual performance. They assess, diagnose and manage ocular diseases, injuries and disorders across a wide range of patients. Where clinically necessary, optometrists prescribe spectacles, contact lenses and devices for the visually impaired.




Optometrists mainly work in private practice but can also work in a range of health settings including low vision clinics, hospitals, government and community organisations.

Practicing optometrists are registered health professionals who have undertaken a university degree in optometry and who are registered by the Optometry Board of Australia.


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Undertake a research project with leading institutions including the Lions Eye Institute

Exposure to renowned industry clinicians and researchers

Extended clinical placements in metro, regional and remote areas with direct patient experience

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Optometry is a recognised degree in Australia and New Zealand

Contact Professor Garry Fitzpatrick Head of Division