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Clinical placements

Master of Orthoptics students experience a diverse range of clinical placement opportunities. Students complete a minimum of 280 hours over the two year program, both during semester and block placements between semesters, in a range of over 50 placement sites across Sydney in hospital, community and private practice, and over 15 sites outside the Sydney metropolitan area.

Finding a placement

Placements are sourced for students by the UTS: Graduate School of Health as the sites chosen are carefully selected to provide a balance of clinical practice across a range of settings and maximise your clinical learning. 

Placement locations

Students are allocated placements within the Sydney metropolitan area. All students are required to undertake a block (full-time) rural, remote or interstate placement for up to three weeks at a location compatible with their circumstances.

Hospital placements

Our hospital placement partners include some of Sydney's largest teaching hospitals as well as settings in regional and rural Australia. Placements within a hospital setting may include:

  • medical and perioperative areas
  • outpatient clinics

Specialist and alternative placement settings

Students also have the option to pursue career interests outside the the hospital setting in a range of specialist settings including specialised opthalmic private practices, rehabilitation clinics, community health clinical and private orthoptic practices. These settings can include:

Specialisted Opthalmic Private Practices:

  • Refractive laser surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • General opthalmic
  • Paediatric
  • Cornea
  • Oculoplastics
  • Cataract
  • Retinal


  • Low vision
  • Neurological/stroke

Community health:

  • School screening clinics
  • Statewide Eye Preschooler Screening (StEPS) Program clinics
  • Paediatric screening clinics (0-3)
  • Aged care facilities

Commencing students

Detailed information on clinical placement requirements and logistics including uniform, vaccinations and more can be found on the UTS Current Students site.

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