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Professional Practice in Optometry (10411.1)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Optometry


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This unit introduces legal, ethical and practice management issues and practices in optometry as they affect the profession currently and into the future. Focus will be on communication with patients, carers and other health professionals, and how this is affected by the social determinants of health including ethnicity and culture. There will be a focus on developing oral and written communication skills that are appropriate for use within the health care setting as well as interdisciplinary communication and teamwork. The scope of optometric practice will be discussed, with particular reference to the future and developing roles of optometrists in primary health care.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Discuss the complexity of the health care system and how this affects patients and optometrists;

2. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication techniques when interacting with patients and other health professionals;

3. Describe the social, economic and other factors affecting the communities need for eye-care services;

4. Explain the legal and ethical obligations involved in optometric practice and maintaining registration as an optometrist; and

5. Investigate occupational and other vision standards and how they relate to patient care including counselling patients on the suitability of their vision for occupational and vocational tasks.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hours per week made up of 2 hour lecture and 2 hour tutorial/practical


Professional Practice in Health, 8997


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Vision Science, 372JA

Assumed Knowledge


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