UTS Graduates are employers’ top pick
We hear from employers about why UTS Orthoptics Graduates have the skills to make great orthoptists.
Professor Frank Martin runs the largest paediatric ophthalmology clinic in NSW. He has two UTS graduates on his team Genevieve (Gen) Mooney and Coco Howard. Their confidence with assessments, familiarity with technology and flexibility working in a large team have impacted and improved the way his practice is run.
“I have been impressed by the UTS graduates in the way they have been able to embrace technology. When assessing patients before they are seen by the ophthalmologist, our UTS trained orthoptists have organised for the patient to have the appropriate investigations. This has made running the practice easier as it saves time and helps us keep to our schedule.”
As a UTS graduate, you will do a minimum of 280 clinical placement hours as part of your degree. This gives you the workplace edge of increased exposure to different specialties and presentations.
The UTS graduates are very well prepared to start work. With a constant shortage of orthoptists right across Australia, they must be self-confident and capable, which they are.
Professor Frank Martin
“The UTS graduates are very well prepared to start work. With a constant shortage of orthoptists right across Australia, they must be self-confident and capable, which they are.”
Dr Martin’s practice has highly specialised ophthalmologists and he was impressed at how quickly Gen and Coco adjusted to working with this team.
“The UTS orthoptists, together with our other orthoptists, have an excellent knowledge of eye disease and are able to organise the right investigations. They also spend time educating parents of patients about their eye conditions. This makes the running of our practice extremely efficient and is appreciated, not only by our doctors but by our patients.”
Katrina Cramp, another orthoptist also works with Gen and Coco in the practice. Katrina agrees that their current industry knowledge and quick take-up of technology has been beneficial for everyone.
“They have supported staff members with many aspects of updated technology. They have also been very willing learn in more depth about traditional practices and ‘pearls of wisdom’.”
Their ability to work well as a team was also a huge advantage.
“They work well with the other orthoptists, the ophthalmologists of varied specialties and the administrative staff to ensure we provide safe and timely care for our patients.”
“An orthoptist must be attentive, caring, practical, skilled and able to manage their time in order for the practice to run well. Our UTS graduates contribute significantly to all aspects of our workplace.”
It’s clear to everyone that Coco and Gen love their work.
“They have adjusted very successfully to our practice with minimal mentoring. They’re confident, capable young people and are eager to work hard to further themselves. This makes them a delight to work with and their positive professional approach is also noted by our patients.”