University of Technology Sydney

96030 Introduction to Professional Practice

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (workshop), clinical practical labs are scheduled between weeks 1–14
Requisite(s): 96027c Eye and Visual Systems AND 96028c Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility 1 AND 96029c Ocular Pathology 1
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This subject provides students with fundamental knowledge required for practice-orientated learning in the clinical setting. Students study the basic structure of the health care system and the roles of eye care health providers, including their own role as a novice practitioner within this system. Evidence-based medicine as a model for professional orthoptic practice is introduced, along with basic research and inquiry skills. Basic clinical skills and standard diagnostic tests are introduced, including observation, history taking, and testing of visual acuity, perimetry, colour vision and contrast sensitivity. Developments in these tests of visual function and how differences in the underlying test principles can influence the outcome measure, are discussed. The pharmacology of ocular medications, laws and regulations that govern their use and their role in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for common ophthalmic conditions are also studied.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus.

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