Accreditation

Programs of Study Accreditation Details

Education Provider:

Australian College of Optometry

Program Type: Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2029
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

Deakin University

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 3.5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/07/2027
Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider:

Flinders University

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Vision Science) / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 30/06/2022
Conditions

1.  The accreditation period is shortened to June 30 2022.  OCANZ requires a reaccreditation submission against the OCANZ Standards by 31 December 2021.

2.  Staffing: a) The Level E (Professor) position must commence in September 2020 as advised to OCANZ and b) a permanent replacement for the research and teaching position at Level C (Senior Lecturer) that was vacated in July 2020 must have commenced before reaccreditation.

3.  Any increase in student numbers above the current level of 320 students prior to reaccreditation must be accompanied by a report to OCANZ addressing:

  • how PBL class sizes will be maintained at their current maximum (advised to OCANZ by Flinders as 11-12 twelve students)
  • how sufficient preclinical space will be made available to accommodate additional students; and
  • the additional staffing resources that have been appointed.

4.  The reaccreditation submission (due 31 December 2021) must include external benchmarking of the total teaching resources for the Flinders program against a comparable optometry program/s, using a consistent and transparent measurement of all teaching inputs into the programs.

Update: OCANZ deemed Condition 2a has been met in March 2021

Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider:

Queensland University of Technology

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2022
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

  

Education Provider:

University of Auckland

Program Type: Bachelor Degree
Program Length: 5 years
Qualification: Bachelor of Optometry
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 31/12/2025
Conditions

1.a. The 2018 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part III (Year 3) of the program of study

  b. The 2019 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part IV (Year 4) of the program of study

  c.  The 2020 Annual Report must provide an account of the implementation and impact of curriculum changes up to Part V (Year 5) of the program of study

2.  The 2019 Annual Report must provide an account of the outcomes of the strategies to continue to ensure and, where appropriate, to increase the quantity and diversity of clinical experiences offered to students, noting in particular the pending closure of Tamaki clinic.

Update: OCANZ deemed Condition 1a has been met in February 2019 and Condition 1b and 2 have been met in February 2020.

Update: OCANZ has deemed all conditions have been met.

Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

University of Canberra

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 years (3+2 years). The bachelor’s degree may be taken in an accelerated manner (2.5 years)
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry Program
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited with conditions
Approval End Date: 30/04/2023
Conditions

1.  An interim report (due 30 June 2020) to OCANZ must include for every unit in the Master of Optometry program; the ‘Determinant of Unit Particulars’, an updated document mapping assessment to learning outcomes, and the Unit Outline. Subsequent advice is to be provided to OCANZ if these documents are subject to any change as a result of internal program approval processes. 

2.  An interim report (due 30 June 2021) to OCANZ must include a plan, budget and timetable to expand the campus clinical facilities in order to meet the program’s goals to deliver approximately 50% of the minimum patient experience on campus. The report is also to include a forward plan and budget for the maintenance and/or replacement of the optometry facilities and equipment over a cycle of up to 8 years. 

3.  The 2021 Annual Report, an interim report (due 30 June 2022) and the 2022 Annual Report (i.e. every 6 months until re-accreditation) to OCANZ must

a)   show that the program’s agreed minimum patient numbers provided to OCANZ are being met. Each report is to include data by individual student, by placement setting, patient numbers and patient types of presenting conditions. These reports must also outline how any failure of the clinical training program to meet the clinical training needs of particular students has been remediated.

b)   provide a qualitative update on the Professional Practice Convenor’s tracking of students’ external clinical placement experiences. 

4.  The 2021 Annual Report, an interim report (due 30 June 2022) and the 2022 Annual Report (i.e. every 6 months until re-accreditation) to OCANZ must show that the program is meeting or exceeding implementation of the program’s planned staff numbers as outlined to OCANZ in the Stage 2 submission documents. The report should also address how the hire of staff and/or the redistribution of staff duties are ensuring the robustness and continuity of program leadership in the face of planned and/or unplanned staffing changes. 

5.  The reaccreditation submission must include a report on a formal review of the ways in which program is delivering content in:

                Contact lenses

                Paediatrics (including myopia control)

                Binocular Vision

                Low vision

                Therapeutics

                Glaucoma

                Medical retina

                Anterior eye.

This review is to address the volume of learning and patient experience in each area and the efficacy of integrating it vertically (separation across years) and horizontally (across units) throughout the program.

This review is to include external input.

Update: OCANZ deemed Condition 1 has been met in July 2020 and Condition 2 met in September 2021.

Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

University of Melbourne

Program Type: Master Degree
Program Length: 4 years
Qualification: Doctor of Optometry (OD)
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2023
Accreditation Report Summary: Download

 

Education Provider:

University of New South Wales

Program Type: Bachelor Degree / Masters Degree
Program Length: 5 Years
Qualification: Bachelor of Vision Science / Masters of Clinical Optometry
Accreditation Information  
Program Status: Accredited with one Condition
Approval End Date: 31/12/2027
Conditions

1a) A 30 June 2020 interim report to OCANZ must detail the strategy for implementation of the UNSW optometry cultural competence plan which addresses:

i) The need to re-distribute teaching strategies for addressing cultural competency in healthcare throughout undergraduate and postgraduate programs, specifically commencing earlier in the undergraduate program

ii) The provision of cultural competency training for School of Optometry and Vision Science academic and professional staff

iii) Planned attendance at professional program update meetings on the issues of cultural competency in healthcare, including teaching strategies

iv) Ensuring that the requirements of the Optometry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework approved by OCANZ in October 2018 (effective 01 January 2019) are met through current and future teaching strategies to address cultural competency in healthcare.

In addition, the UNSW implementation plan must include details of:

v) How senior leadership and resources are being allocated to champion and address these issues and effect curricular change in the program.

1b) The 2020 Annual Report to OCANZ must report on progress against the implementation plan.

1c) The 2021 Annual Report to OCANZ must report on progress against the implementation plan.   

Update: OCANZ deemed Condition 1a has been met in August 2020 and Condition 1b has been met in March 2021.                                        

Accreditation Report Summary:  Download

 

Education Provider:

University of New South Wales

Program Type: Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 1 year
Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics
Accreditation Information
Program Status: Accredited
Approval End Date: 31/12/2024
Accreditation Report Summary: Download