Employers like what they see in UTS orthoptics graduates.
Angelique Antoniou is a senior orthoptist at Narellan Eye Specialists, a busy practice where they’ve hired two new UTS graduates.
“At the beginning of the year we welcomed these two amazingly well-rounded UTS graduates into our practice on a permanent basis.”
The job-readiness, competence and all-round ability of these UTS orthoptists, Quantelle Benjamin and Stacey Fredericks, is well noted by Angelique and her colleagues.
“They’ve only been with us for eight months. However, they’ve blended into our practice so well that we often forget they have only been orthoptists for such a brief period of time.”
Angelique says that Quantelle and Stacey have had a positive impact on the practice, especially in the collection and storage of patient data. They’ve helped to implement more effective systems, so that everything is entered on time and no data is overlooked.
“All our graduates have impressed our ophthalmologists and myself with their extremely high level of skill across all areas, as well as their superior knowledge and ability to quickly learn multiple doctor preferences while being able to critically reason and work efficiently in busy clinics.”
As a UTS student, your course will focus on current industry practice and developments. You’ll graduate with all the skills you need to start work immediately. This work-ready emphasis is something which employers like Angelique, can see in the quality of new graduates.
“Lecturers dedicate so much time and effort into ensuring students have the knowledge and foundations while they’re at university. The facilities and equipment at UTS Orthoptics are also incredible.”
Having exposure to complex diagnostic equipment while at UTS, allows for an incredibly skilled graduate.
Senior Orthoptist, Narellan Eye Specialists
You’ll be exposed to current retinal imaging equipment during your course, rather than just seeing it in action on placements or when you graduate.
“Having exposure to complex diagnostic equipment while at UTS, allows for an incredibly skilled graduate.”
As an orthoptist, you don’t work alone. You’re an important part of an eye care team which includes other orthoptists, administration staff and ophthalmologists. Angelique says that Quantelle and Stacey have adjusted seamlessly.
“They’ve been able to successfully cement their knowledge and skills in a short time, as well as learning and doing the day to day things needed for a practice to run well.”
Orthoptists need to have in-depth knowledge of various conditions and the skills to do a range of diagnostic tests to help with the diagnosis of different conditions. At Narellan, they also oversee surgical lists, monitor patient scripts, perform measurements before various surgeries and make sure that the clinic is always well equipped. Angelique is impressed with their ability to act across all these needs.
“They play a vital role in ensuring the clinic runs smoothly. This often means multitasking between several patients, assisting doctors with minor surgical procedures and triaging urgent patients on a daily basis.”