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.  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.

Victoria - Melbourne

Discipline of Orthoptics
School of Allied Health
College of Science, Health & Engineering
La Trobe University
Bundoora Vic 3086

Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) – 4 Years
Master of Orthoptics – 2 Years

New South Wales - Sydney

UTS: Graduate School of Health, Discipline of Orthoptics

Master of Orthoptics – 2 Years








Educational Tools

Profile of an Orthoptist – YouTube Video

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

Watch the Care To Go Beyond YouTube video

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