Accreditation

Programs of Study Accreditation Details

Education Provider:

Australian College of Optometry

Program Type: Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2021
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

Deakin University

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 3.5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/07/2027
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider:

Flinders University

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Vision Sciences) / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 31/12/2023
Conditions

1. a) The 2018 Annual Report must provide a workforce plan which includes:

  • the job description and timeline for the appointment of a full time Level E position to provide leadership of the optometry program
  • the proposed timeline for the appointment of further appropriately qualified and experienced staff at all levels of academic appointment particularly including any proposed senior staff appointments
  • contingent on the new workload model being released, information on the model and a description of how it will apply to optometry staff from 2019
  • advice about proposed increased staff numbers and levels in the optometry program for 2019 and subsequent years including justification for the adequacy of these numbers
  • whether and how the university will assure itself that registered optometrists providing leadership and/or teaching in optometry subjects hold or will acquire ocular therapeutics qualifications
  • how future appointments at Level A in the optometry program will meet the TEQSA requirement for students to be taught by staff at one level of qualification higher than the course of study being taught (AQF+1), or have equivalent professional experience, including reporting on any policy used to demonstrate professional equivalence and its application
  • details of how each of the Level A staff in the optometry program have been/will be developed/mentored in teaching, scholarship and assessment
  • how the university assures itself that suitably qualified and experienced staff assess students, including external experts for final year. 
  1. b) The 2019 Annual Report must provide evidence that there has been significant progress towards full implementation of the workforce plan.
  2. The 2019 Annual Report must provide an overview of outcomes for students transferring into the program from sub-quota agreements.

Update: OCANZ deemed Condition 1a has been met in February 2019

Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider:

Queensland University of Technology

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2022
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

  

Education Provider:

University of Auckland

Program Type: Bachelor Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 31/12/2025
Conditions

1.a. The 2018 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part III (Year 3) of the program of study

  b. The 2019 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part IV (Year 4) of the program of study

  c.  The 2020 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part V (Year 5) of the program of study

2.  The 2019 Annual Report must provide an account of the outcomes of the strategies to continue to ensure and, where appropriate, to increase the quantity and diversity of clinical experiences offered to students, noting in particular the pending closure of Tamaki clinic.

Update: OCANZ deemed Condition 1a has been met in February 2019 and Condition 1b and 2 have been met in February 2020.

Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

University of Canberra

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years (3+2 years). The bachelor’s degree may be taken in an accelerated manner (2.5 years)
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry Program
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 30/04/2023
Conditions

1.  An interim report (due 30 June 2020) to OCANZ must include for every unit in the Master of Optometry program; the ‘Determinant of Unit Particulars’, an updated document mapping assessment to learning outcomes, and the Unit Outline. Subsequent advice is to be provided to OCANZ if these documents are subject to any change as a result of internal program approval processes. 

2.  An interim report (due 30 June 2021) to OCANZ must include a plan, budget and timetable to expand the campus clinical facilities in order to meet the program’s goals to deliver approximately 50% of the minimum patient experience on campus. The report is also to include a forward plan and budget for the maintenance and/or replacement of the optometry facilities and equipment over a cycle of up to 8 years. 

3.  The 2021 Annual Report, an interim report (due 30 June 2022) and the 2022 Annual Report (i.e. every 6 months until re-accreditation) to OCANZ must

a)   show that the program’s agreed minimum patient numbers provided to OCANZ are being met. Each report is to include data by individual student, by placement setting, patient numbers and patient types of presenting conditions. These reports must also outline how any failure of the clinical training program to meet the clinical training needs of particular students has been remediated.

b)   provide a qualitative update on the Professional Practice Convenor’s tracking of students’ external clinical placement experiences. 

4.  The 2021 Annual Report, an interim report (due 30 June 2022) and the 2022 Annual Report (i.e. every 6 months until re-accreditation) to OCANZ must show that the program is meeting or exceeding implementation of the program’s planned staff numbers as outlined to OCANZ in the Stage 2 submission documents. The report should also address how the hire of staff and/or the redistribution of staff duties are ensuring the robustness and continuity of program leadership in the face of planned and/or unplanned staffing changes. 

5.  The reaccreditation submission must include a report on a formal review of the ways in which program is delivering content in:

                Contact lenses

                Paediatrics (including myopia control)

                Binocular Vision

                Low vision

                Therapeutics

                Glaucoma

                Medical retina

                Anterior eye.

This review is to address the volume of learning and patient experience in each area and the efficacy of integrating it vertically (separation across years) and horizontally (across units) throughout the program.

This review is to include external input.

Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

University of Melbourne

Program Type: Master Degree
Program Length: 4 years
Qualification: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2023
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

University of New South Wales

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 Years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Masters of Clinical Optometry
Accreditation Information  
Program Status: Accredited with one Condition
Approval End Date:  31/12/2027
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider:

University of New South Wales

Program Type: Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2024
Accreditation Report Summary: Download