Melbourne School of Health SciencesDepartment of Optometry & Vision Sciences

Clinical Supervisors and Mentors for University of Melbourne Eyecare (UME)

The University of Melbourne Eyecare Clinic is responsible for the clinical education of Bachelor of Optometry and Doctor of Optometry students. Students learn to perform consultations with patients under the direct supervision of Clinical Mentors/Supervisors/Tutors who are qualified Optometrists, interested in educating our future generation of Optometrists. Due to expansion in the clinical teaching program our UmE Clinic is expanding to provide a diverse and advanced clinical environment for student learning that will be overseen by Clinical Mentors/Supervisors/Tutors. A limited number of opportunities exist for qualified Optometrists to become Clinical Mentors and Supervisors.

The University of Melbourne, Department of Optometry and Vision Science are looking for Clinical Supervisors and Mentors who:

UME runs clinics in Primary Care optometry, contact lenses, children's vision/vision therapy, ocular pathology and a specialist Keratoconus Cornea Clinic. In 2012 we commenced medical clinics in specialty ophthalmology.

Clinical Supervisors

UME employs Clinical Supervisors on a casual basis to supervise, teach, and assess students seeing patients in our clinic. A limited number of opportunities exist for qualified Optometrists to become Clinical Supervisors. Clinical Supervisors are required to attend at least one clinic (approximately 4 hours/week) on a weekly basis in each semester of the academic year (1: March-June, 2: July-October).

Visiting Clinical Mentors

In 2012 we trialled a new program where experienced optometrists from private practice were invited to volunteer their time to supervise students seeing patients at UME. Visiting Clinical Mentors are asked to commit to a half-day per week (either morning or afternoon session) spread across the two teaching semesters (1: March-June, 2: July-October). These visiting supervisors will complement the existing Clinical Teaching Instructors and Clinical Tutors to improve the ratio of clinicians to students. It is envisaged that this program will provide an ideal opportunity for those clinicians who are interested in contributing to the education of our future optometrists, but who are unable to commit to supervision on a weekly basis. It is also anticipated that the mentors will be exposed to clinical teaching programs such as a grand rounds and the specialty ophthalmology sessions, as well as part-taking in a vibrant Clinical based CPE program.

As a visiting clinical mentor you will:

How do I apply/express my interest in these roles?

Expressions of interest are welcomed and required by Friday the 21st February, 2014.

Please indicate in your expression of interest:

  1. Which position(s) you are interested in applying for.
  2. Which clinics you would be most interested in supervising for.
  3. Which days of the week you are most likely to be available.
  4. Whether you would prefer to receive an application form by post, fax, or email.

We are welcoming expressions of interest by email ( or post (see address below).

Head of Department
Optometry and Vision Science
The University of Melbourne VIC 3010

For further information, please contact by phone on 03 8344 7001 or email

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