The Department is housed across four sites: the Alice Hoy building on the main university campus, the Kenneth Myer Building (Melbourne Brain Centre) on campus, our clinical facilities at UMeyecare (Swanston St, Carlton) and the National Vision Research Institute (corner of Cardigan and Keppel Sts, Carlton).
The administrative home and hub for our Doctor of Optometry students is the Alice Hoy building. The Department has purpose built preclinical laboratory space and practical class space in this building, along with purpose built student rooms. The preclinical and practical laboratory spaces are used solely by the Department. The Alice Hoy building was refurbished to accommodate the Department in 2011 and hence these spaces were designed specifically for the delivery of modern optometric curriculum.
The practical class rooms in the Alice Hoy building have bench space for optics and vision science pracs, and modern computer facilities. The preclinical laboratory has 15 clinical bays that are fully equipped.
UMeyecare is a private clinic wholly owned and operated by the University of Melbourne. It consists of 11 consulting rooms, a visual field room, an instrument room (imaging), vision training room and an extensive dispensing area. There are two further clinical research consulting rooms. The consulting rooms have equipment typical of standard optometric practice. The clinic has an extensive array of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment, perimeters and other specialist tools.
Research is conducted out of all four sites: the Alice Hoy building, UMeyecare, the NVRI, and the Kenneth Myer Building. Please see our research facilities for further details.