Professional Practice 4 (ORTH5049)


This is the final of four professional practice units and is designed to synthesise the student`s learning and knowledge acquired in all units of study they have undertaken in this course. As such, it can be described as a `capstone` learning experience for the student. This is experienced through a range of orthoptic and ophthalmic clinical placements include those in rural and regional locations, enabling students to meet graduate competency standards and consolidate the required knowledge, skills and attitudes of an entry-level practitioner. Student learning will emphasis clinical reasoning for the assessment and management of patients with complex ocular conditions that may interact with other ocular and systemic conditions. Students should demonstrate a professional level of skills in the clinical setting and the capacity to apply clinical reasoning in the management of complex cases. Clinical competency will be assessed, commensurate with the registration standards set out by the Orthoptic Board of Australia. Students will be required to reflect upon their professional development, particularly their readiness for professional entry into orthoptic practice and their ability to work both independently and within the multidisciplinary team.

Further unit of study information


Clinical block mode in July, then as scheduled weeks 1-12, and e-learning


Clinical workbook including case study and reflection report (30%), end of semester viva exam (40%), clinical supervisor assessment (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Study this unit outside a degree

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.