Specialist Certificate - Fundamentals of Eye Banking

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Health and Medical Award Specialist Certificate
Course Specialist Certificate in the Fundamentals of Eye Banking
Course CodeSC-EYEBANK
Course Abbreviation SpecCertEyeBank
Partner FacultyMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS)
Melbourne Medical School (MMS)
Background A Specialist Certificate in the Fundamentals of Eye Banking will equip graduates to work within the specialist field of eye banking. The course has been designed to support existing eye bankers, those new to the sector and those working in peer and relevant sectors who wish to gain additional knowledge about eye banking in order to support their own area of specialisation.
Course Description The course will commence with an introduction to the sector, its evolution and the history of transplantation prior to discussing the differences between eye, organ and tissues. The course will continue with the examination of anatomy and physiology of the eye, bioethics, regulations and governance (including the codes of Good Manufacturing - required for human biologicals), and an introduction to different tissue types (such as cornea, sclera, amnion and stem cell therapies).Students will also be introduced to donation principles and practice, donor selection, tissue recovery and processing techniques, and then finally tissue allocation. Bioethics will also be integrated into this course to guide donor and allocation decision making
Delivery Mode Online
Who Should Apply The course will equip graduates to work within the specialist field of eye banking. The course has been designed to support existing eye bankers, those new to the sector and those working in peer and relevant sectors who wish to gain additional knowledge about eye banking in order to support their own area of specialisation. Professionals involved in other transplant sectors, ophthalmology and global eye care development fields are also welcome to enrol in this course in order to gain a wider understanding of eye banking.Students who complete this course may continue to the Graduate Certificate in Eye Banking.
Subjects Fundamentals in Eye Banking 25 credit points
Pathways to Further StudyGraduate Certificate in Eye Banking
Additional Information Specialist Certificate in Eye Banking is a graduate course qualification consisting of 25 credit points, normally taking 6 months of part-time study. The course requires a completion of 1 core subject. Admission is based on successful completion of an undergraduate degree in health or medical sciences and a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience, or a minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience. This course will be accredited by the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand (EBAANZ). This is the only professional body in this sector at both Graduate Certificate and Specialist Certificate.
Academic and Teaching Team Course Coordinator: Dr Graeme Pollok
Subject Coordinator: Heather Machin
Entry Requirements 1. An undergraduate degree or equivalent in a health or medical sciences and;
2. A minimum of 3 years of professional documented work experience in a relevant health or medical science field.
Or
A minimum of 7 years of professional documented work experience in a relevant health or medical science field.
Course Fees

Fees for the Specialist Certificate are $4,400.

Please note that fees are subject to an annual increase.

Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELPFEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key DatesAPPLICATIONS FOR  ARE NOW OPEN
Delivery Dates and Times
BMSC90012                                   Fundamentals in Eye Banking                                    Semester 1 2018

Week

2018 Dates
Monday - Sunday

Subject

Assessment Items (due 23.59 MEL time, Sunday of that week

1

5-11 Mar.

Introduction to Eye Banking and the Fundamentals Subject

 

2

12-18 Mar.

Ethics
Legal and Governance

 

3

19-25 Mar.

Referral
Consent

 

4

26 Mar.- 1 Apr.

Donor Coordination
Donor Risk & Screening

 

5

2-8 Apr.

Easter Break

 

6

9-15 Apr.

Anatomy and Physiology

Assessment 1 : Individual Essay 30%

7

16-22 Apr.

Retrieval

 

8

23-29 Apr.

Preservation

 

9

30 Apr. – 6 May

Communicable Disease Transmission

 

10

7-13 May

Evaluation

 

11

14-20 May

Lamellar, Amnion, Sclera

Assessment 2: Group Activity – 40%

12

21-27 May

Quality Systems

 

13

28 May – 3 Jun.

Exam Week

Assessment 3 : Open Book Exam – 30%

Related Courses and SubjectsGraduate Certificate in Eye Banking
Contact Us Program Coordinator - Esra Evyapan
E: tl-eyebanking@unimelb.edu.au
P: (03) 8344 2580