- Auckland, New Zealand
- UoA Department Name: Optometry and Vision Science
- Campus: Grafton Campus
- Contract Type: Fixed-Term
- Position Number: 55566404
The School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) is part of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences within the University of Auckland. We are the only Optometry school in Aotearoa and offer a Bachelor of Optometry qualification (accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand) that enables graduates to practice optometry in Aotearoa and Australia. SOVS operates a full scope optometry clinic, with a large and diverse patient base, on the UoA Grafton campus. SOVS staff and students also participate in clinics at other sites throughout Auckland.
In 2021 SOVS will commence delivery of a mobile optometry service out of the Aotearoa Vision Bus. This is a custom manufactured mobile optometry clinic, which will be equipped to provide a full service from standard comprehensive eye examination to dispensing of glasses and contact lenses to provision of specialised examinations.
The mobile optometry service will operate in partnership with various community-based organisations, from schools within the Greater Auckland region (to augment our existing school screening service), marae, care homes and various primary health organisations.
The goals of the scheme are to:
- Diversify and improve optometry training
- Deliver community-based optometric service to people who may otherwise struggle to access such services
- Support research eg into inequities in eye health outcomes and service-delivery across Aotearoa
- Promote optometry as a profession to students from diverse backgrounds
We have an opening available for an experienced and highly motivated Professional Teaching Fellow to develop and run this initiative. The role incorporates duties associated with a standard professional role (predominantly supervision/training of Part IV and V BOptom students, and delivery of high-quality optometric services to patients) but the successful candidate would also be expected to help develop the mobile clinic initiative itself (eg through building of relationships with partner organisations etc).
This is a full-time position initially available for five years, and the level of appointment and salary will be on the Professional Teaching Fellow scale in accordance with qualifications and experience. Support will be provided for the development of areas of clinical subspecialty and excellence, including financial support for continuing professional development. The annual fees for NZAO membership, PI insurance and the Annual Practising Certificate will also be paid.
Inquiries should be addressed to Clinical Director, Dr Geraint Phillips, and telephone 64 (0)9 923 6503 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants should hold an optometry qualification that is recognised for registration as an Optometrist (TPA endorsement) or Educator Optometrist (TPA endorsement) in New Zealand. Visit http://odob.health.nz for more information.
Applicants should also hold a full clean NZ drivers’ license and be a confident driver, as the role will involve regularly driving the Aotearoa Vision Bus to a variety of sites to offer services.
For more details on the role please refer to the POSITION DESCRIPTION
Why work for us?
The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:
- Flexible employment practices
- Career development programmes
- A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave
- Company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.
For more information please visit Staff Benefits.
How to apply
Applications must be submitted online (via link below) by the closing date of 2 December 2020 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document. Applications should include details of experience in any areas of optometric sub-speciality.
In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.
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