UTS: Orthoptics: Hear what our students have to say video transcript
Prem, Master of Orthoptics: I chose the master of orthoptics at UTS because I always had a passion for pathology and I always wanted to work with patients.
Orthoptist def: An eye therapist who detects, diagnoses and treats vision and eye disorders in children and adults.
Tasie, Master of Orthoptics: There's a great demand for orthoptists as there is an aging population, meaning a lot more people need help diagnosing, assessing, their eye disorders and diseases. I think UTS is my place of choice just because it's so practice-based driven. We are placed on so many different clinical sites and it gives us a better advantage overall. We start placement in semester two of first year and already, I've been to three different placement sites. I have another five I need to go to, these include private settings, public settings, at hospitals. Next semester, we have either international or rural placement.
Owen, Master of Orthoptics: In the hospital setting it's been very hands-on. I've been having to work with a lot of the diagnostic equipment that we've been using in class and a lot of the patient communication skills that we rehearse and practice in our orthoptics degree. All of the placements are sourced for us by the orthoptics department, but we have the option of sourcing our own if the opportunity arises.
Learn about: Anatomy and physiology, ophthalmics, diagnostics, therapeutics and orthoptic clincal practice.
Tasie: My career goals when I chose UTS was be placed in a field where there's growing demand and one I can accumulate experience in. There is many different fields that I can work in and I can move around in.
Prem: I have a passion for research but I also wouldn't mind working in the private, rural, or public sector of orthoptics. One amazing thing about UTS orthoptics is it provides us that exposure to these elements while we're studying. On top of that, there's a small cohort, meaning that we get the attention we need without lecturing staff to be able to achieve our goals. My advice to students is if you have a passion for it, go for it and it won't feel like study at all.