Dr Laura Downie awarded Blackmores Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) Grant
The Department's Dr Laura Downie, leading a team of researchers comprising of Dr Lauren Ayton, Professor Robyn Guymer, A/Prof Peter Keller and Professor Algis Vingrys, was awarded a Blackmores Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) Grant for $100,000 over three years.News
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- Research Themes
The research of the department is directed to ten key focus areas.View
- Research Groups
Our department has 13 principal research groups that investigate a vast range of topics related to vision science and optometry, including clinic-based research and laboratory-based research on the eye and brain in health and disease. Our research groups commonly collaborate across other disciplines such as Anatomy, Engineering, Psychology, Physics, and Ophthalmology, as well as with industry partners.View
- Graduate Research
Our department has a thriving Graduate Research program, with graduate students investigating all aspects of vision science: from clinical-based research questions, through understanding retinal processing, to investigating decision-making processes in the brain. Although a student may have a primary research focus that is based within a single laboratory, it is not uncommon to have co-supervisors across different laboratories to allow collaborations across research areas.View
In addition to research laboratories located in the Department's core facilities in the Alice Hoy building, the Department has a significant research footprint in the Kenneth Myer Building (part of the Melbourne Brain Centre) and research facilities at the UMeyecare clinic.View
Research in the Faculty
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is Australia's largest biomedical research faculty. We employ more than 1500 academic staff, 4000 honorary staff and 1500 graduate researchers undertaking world class research across a wide range of health and social issues in a diverse range of research settings. Explore research opportunities, news, events, fellowships and scholarships, and find key contacts, research locations and links to research in the Faculty's schools, departments and centres on the research website.
The School educates graduate entry and post-graduate students through accredited programs tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally, enabling them to be competent and effective health professionals who are work ready and eligible for registration.
Our graduate entry and post-graduate degrees are tailored to workforce needs nationally and internationally.View
- Short Courses
Expand your horizons by studying a single subject via the Community Access Program (CAP). CAP provides the opportunity to enrol in a single Health Sciences subject to study for general interest or to enhance your career development.View
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences offer an extensive range of scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.View
- Facilities & Resources
The Department has access to a number of facilities and provides a number of resources for its students, staff and supervisors.View
The Department's research and teaching success is underpinned by active engagement with key stakeholders, the community and the profession.
With the advent of the first 5-year cohort of graduates and the focus of the University of Melbourne on engagement and community interaction, the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences has decided to establish a more active Melbourne Optometry Alumni Society to keep all colleagues who graduated from the Department in touch with University of Melbourne news and views.View
We are grateful for the many ways in which our alumni and donors support the work of the Faculty.View
The Department has new relationships and long-standing affiliations with a number of organisations.View
A key recent focus of the department‘s engagement strategy has been to increase the connection to the community and industry through the eye care clinic, UMeyecare.View
Welcome to the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences
Professor Allison McKendrick
The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences educates future optometrists, performs internationally recognised vision science research, and contributes widely to the advancement of optometry as an essential health care discipline.
The Department of Optometry & Vision Sciences operates the University of Melbourne EyeCare practice which offers patient care primarily for University staff and students, but is also open to the general public and for specialist referral by other practitioners.