Surgical Ophthalmology (OPSC5017)


This unit of study aims to provide candidates with the practical experience and knowledge necessary to manage surgical ophthalmic conditions. This is a mentor based programme with candidates operating in a number of different environments. Emphasis is on preoperative assessment, surgical competence and post operative management. Candidates will be required to operate in a variety of settings. These will include hospital based ophthalmology surgical lists, private based ophthalmology surgical lists, ophthalmology surgical clinic run by visiting Australian and New Zealand ophthalmologists and outreach clinics to other smaller communities. Surgical mentors will provide the appropriate training in specific ophthalmic operations. Candidates will be required to show that they can competently assess and perform ophthalmic surgery and manage post operative complications. By management the candidate is required to take an appropriate medical / ophthalmic history, perform an ophthalmic examination, an appropriate general medical examination and an appropriate preoperative assessment. They will be required to identify the most likely diagnosis and list an appropriate differential diagnosis of the aetiology of the surgical disease, andoutline and/or perform appropriate ophthalmic and medical investigations. They will be required to perform Surgery of the following Ophthalmic Conditions: extra capsular cataract surgery, repair of traumatic eye and eyelid injuries, infective eyelid and orbital lesions, benign and malignant lid procedures, pterygium surgery, acute glaucoma procedures, strabismus procedures and simple lacrimal duct procedures. Mentor based teaching, Online surgical logbook, online surgical case histories. This unit of study will be offered as a mentor based programme with the candidate under the supervision of three layers of Mentors. Firstly, a local ophthalmologist in their country of practise. This ophthalmologist will be assessed and deemed appropriate by the course coordinators. Visiting ophthalmologists from Australia and New Zealand will also supervise their training and a Representative of the Local Government health authorities who the candidate will be employed by will serve as a Mentor to the candidate. At the end of the year a supervised surgical exam will be undertaken in Sydney or their country of practise. The exam will be a supervised extracapsular cataract extraction that the candidate must perform competently to complete the unit of study.

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Further unit of study information


2hrs online per day x5 days (13 weeks). Study concurrent with full time work


Online surgical logbook (40%), Observed cataract operation (60%)


Clinical Ophthalmology: a systematic approach (7th ed), Jack J. Kanski, Brad Bowling; Edinburgh ; New York : Elsevier/Saunders, 2011

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Unit of study rules

Additional Information

Candidates must be overseas trained medical practitioners from countries without an established vocational ophthalmology training programs and be working in a clinical ophthalmology unit.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.