Deakin University’s new high-tech training centre is “phenomenal” and the equal of the most up-to-date optometry practices in Australia, according to a principal sponsor.
The Deakin Optometry Training Centre was formally opened on 31 October by the Deakin University’s Foundation Director of Optometry, Professor Harrison Weisinger.
The Training Centre is a result of Specsavers’ AUD$300,000 ‘design and build’ sponsorship. The Centre, housed within the Australian College of Optometry’s Melbourne-based facility, has 10 Test Lanes, each fully equipped by Specsavers and OPSM.
Professor Weisinger said “this is a massive step forward for Optometry in Australia and in many ways represents a critical piece in Deakin University’s optometry training jigsaw, adding as it does to the state-of-the-art Geelong campus and our clinical residential placements.
“As a part of the overall suite of infrastructure needed to deliver up to 100 new Deakin graduates each year, this Training Centre at the Australian College of Optometry is another cornerstone,” he said.
Peter Larsen, Director of Professional Services of Specsavers Australia and New Zealand, said the training facility “really is phenomenal…. It gives students access to a brand new, practical learning environment with a full array of equipment on which to practice and gain real-world experience.
“Deakin Optometry students have everything you would find in the most up-to-date practice in Australia or New Zealand. The students are absolutely loving it. They were there for the launch and within 10 minutes, they were playing with the kit, practising on each other – it is really exciting,” he said.
Specsavers Commerical Director Paul Bott said the company’s investment in the design and build of this facility “demonstrates that we also support a growing optometry workforce”
“We particularly support Deakin’s regional focus. It is paramount that regional areas are not left behind in the supply of community optometrists as we look to the future,” Mr. Bott said.