The School of Optometry and Vision Science adopts a work health and safety policy consistent with the Health and Safety Policy Statement of UNSW Sydney.
Our objective is that no person should come to harm while in association with the school. These objectives extend to students, workers and visitors, which include patients of the various clinics and research subjects. Our commitment extends to both on-site and off-site activities associated with the school.
Our school recognises that health and safety is a shared responsibility, involving all parties, from management through to the general public. Our aim is to use effective communication and training to foster an environment which promotes health, safety and well-being.
Optometrists are used to looking after their patient’s visual needs in the consultation room, but it’s also important that they look after their own comfort and health.
When an optometrist examines their patient’s eyes, they may need to place their body in awkward and sustained postures. Over time, this can take its toll on the body and the optometrist may experience work-related discomfort (WRD).
Here are two resources to assist optometry students and optometry clinical supervisors reduce the risk of work-related discomfort in the consultation room:
View the introductory video on reducing the risk of work-related discomfort in the optometry consultation room.
Guide for clinical supervisors: reducing the risk of work-related discomfort during clinical procedures