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UTS Orthoptics Support Recognised

Industry partners and key contributors to student learning have been recognised at an event hosted by the School of Orthoptics at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Around 90 people – orthoptists, lecturers, final year students, and supporters from the ophthalmic industry – gathered at the UTS Graduate School of Health faculty on Broadway to celebrate these key players.

Stepping in for Professor Kathryn Rose, senior lecturer Dr Amanda French announced key facilitators of clinical placements in 2021/22, which provided essential opportunities for students to translate theory learnt in lectures into real world practice.

They were:

  • Liverpool Hospital: the public health service that offered the most (177) clinical placement hours,
  • Retina and Eye Consultants: the private health service that offered the most (350) clinical hours, and
  • Glaucoma Australia: the non-government organisation that offered the most (153) clinical placement hours. Dr French said the number of clinical placement hours offered to students continues to increase after a decline during COVID-19.

Orthoptics students were invited to vote for the clinical supervisor who provided the most support.

The winner was Kirsty Somerville-McAlester, with Amy Huynh, Prof Kathryn Thompson and Jeffery Fung all highly commended.

The School of Orthoptics event was sponsored by Zeiss, Johnson & Johnson Vision, Designs for Vision, and Glaukos.