A career in orthoptics

There is strong demand for orthoptists in the Australian workforce, with graduates readily gaining employment in hospitals, private practice, low vision agencies, universities, eye research centres and more.

Orthoptic education in Australia is currently undertaken at two locations: La Trobe University in Melbourne; and UTS: Graduate School of Health,Discipline of Orthoptics (course commencing in 2015).  The orthoptics profession boasts among the highest education standards world-wide, with Australia recognised as being the first country to offer a University Bachelor Degree program in orthoptics.

As part of the university degree, areas of study include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Pharmacology & Therapeutics
  • Binocular Vision
  • Concomitant & Incomitant Strabismus
  • Paediatric Eye Care
  • Low vision,
  • Evidence based practice

In recent years  La Trobe University and in 2015 the UTS, Graduate School of Health,  Sydney have introduced a Master level course, as well as higher degree research programs such as Professional Doctorates and PhDs.

Graduates are recognised internationally, and become eligible for membership with Orthoptics Australia and registration with the Australian Orthoptic Board.

University training programs

The below degree programs are designed to develop professional expertise for orthoptic clinical practice. Clinical placements form an integral component of the courses, and in both programs, students gain clinical experience in hospital and specialist clinical settings.

For more information regarding the orthoptic programs at each university, please visit the websites below.


Department of Clinical Vision Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
La Trobe University
Bundoora Vic 3086
T: 03 9479 5571

Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Orthoptics – 4 Years
Master of Orthoptics – 2 Years


UTS: Graduate School of Health, Discipline of Orthoptics

Master of Orthoptics – 2 Years
For further enquires email: orthoptics.uts.edu.au

Educational tools

Virtual Clinic (available soon)

The Department of Clinical Vision Sciences at La Trobe University has developed the Orthoptic Virtual Clinic to explain the role of the orthoptists in eye health care provision.

“A career in orthoptics” Video

A career in orthoptics is a short video demonstrating the work of an orthoptist for prospective students and the general public. Promoted by the International Orthoptic Association (IOA) and developed by the American Association of Certified Orthoptists (AACO), The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS), The American Orthoptic Council (AOC) and the Canadian Orthoptic Council (COC), the video is a useful tool in answering some common orthoptic career and education questions.

Watch the  A Career In Orthoptics video via the IOA website.

(Note: the video is not available via a direct link. Please navigate to the video by visiting the IOA website > Information > Orthoptic Education.)

Please note, the video has been produced in the US and Canada, and entry requirements and the length of training stated in the video may vary in Australia. For more information about training programs, contact Orthoptics Australia or the relevant educational institution.


Profile of an Orthoptist – You Tube Video

This is a short video of a La Trobe University graduate working in Singapore.

Watch the      “Care To Go Beyond” – You Tube video >


Relevant articles

  Feature on Orthoptics in the Insight Magazine 2012 (PDF 789KB)
  Feature on Orthoptics in The Age Nov 2010 (PDF 388KB)
  Feature on Orthoptics in The Age Nov 2008 (PDF 698KB)
  Flyer on A career in orthoptics (PDF 121KB)