The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is one of the nine academic departments/schools within the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne. The Department currently comprises twenty-four academic staff (10 teaching and research, 5 teaching specialist and 9 research only) and eight general staff. Currently co-located with the Australian College of Optometry, the Department over the 2011 and 2012 period will be moving to purpose built facilities on the Parkville Campus, including locating Visual Neuroscience research groups in the Melbourne Brain Institute building. The Department in 2009 opened The University of Melbourne EyeCare clinic which provides clinical training for Optometry students and service to students and staff of the University, as well as to the general public. In 2011 the Department commenced the 4 year Doctor of Optometry (OD) postgraduate degree as part of the new Melbourne curriculum. The department teaches optics and vision science subjects in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Biomedicine degrees and contributes breadth subjects in the Melbourne degrees offered by the University. The Department is currently teaching out a five-year Bachelor of Optometry degree. Approximately 290 students are enrolled in these professional optometry programs.
The Department offers further professional training through its Postgraduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics and Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry, specifically aimed at advancing clinical knowledge and scope of practice for qualified optometrists.
The Department has a vigorous and expanding research program in vision sciences with particular emphasis on the research areas of i) the biological foundations and detection of ocular disease; ii) visual neuroscience and visual neurophysiology. It offers courses of training by research leading to the degrees of PhD, Master of Philosophy, and currently has around 20 students pursuing research higher degrees at any one time. It also offers a Masters in Vision Science.
Further information about the Department's staff profile, academic strategy, research profile and facilities can be found on the web: http://www.optometry.unimelb.edu.au/about/overviewforapplicants.html