Journal article

How Australian and New Zealand schools of optometry prepare students for culturally competent practice

Mandy Truong, Sharon A Bentley, Genevieve A Napper, Daryl J Guest, Mitchell D Anjou

Clinical and Experimental Optometry | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study is an investigation of how Australian and New Zealand schools of optometry prepare students for culturally competent practice. The aims are: (1) to review how optometric courses and educators teach and prepare their students to work with culturally diverse patients; and (2) to determine the demographic characteristics of current optometric students and obtain their views on cultural diversity. METHODS: All Australian and New Zealand schools of optometry were invited to participate in the study. Data were collected with two surveys: a curriculum survey about the content of the optometric courses in relation to cultural competency issues and a survey for second year opto..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This project was partly funded by the Victorian Optometrists Training and Education (VOTE) Trust, Australia. We appreciate the contribution of the schools of optometry, Heads of School, staff and students through participation in the project.