Message from the Head

Since our last newsletter, we have said farewell to the Class of 2016 (photo below) who are now our professional colleagues. Some have commenced their professional journey “just down the road” in metropolitan Melbourne, however many others are now scattered throughout rural Victoria, in rural areas interstate, in interstate capital cities and across the sea in New Zealand. We are very proud of their achievements and welcome them into the community of University of Melbourne Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences alumni.

The Department is now well integrated into the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. This is beginning to yield increasing interdisciplinary collaborations in both teaching and research. Working with a variety of health disciplines at both a staff and student level has the potential for substantial future integration and understanding of the vital role of optometry within the broader health care sector.

In this newsletter, we highlight a range of programs undertaken by both our staff and students over the past 6 months. We also include information regarding our upcoming reunion tours and our latest “Seeing Beyond Lecture”. These lectures are designed to be informative for optometrists, to provide a gateway between research and practice, and to welcome our alumni and friends back onto the university campus for the evening. We hope that you’ll be able to join us.

A significant goal for 2017 is to strengthen our connections with our alumni. If you have not visited the department for a while, or would like to know more about the Doctor of Optometry, or our research, or how you can be involved in the work of the department, our doors are always open.

-Prof Allison McKendrick

Pictured are those that were in attendance at the Graduation ceremony on Wednesday December 14th, 2016.