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Associate Lecturer/Lecturer in Optometry

Adelaide, Australia
$83,500 - $125,917 p.a. 
Closing date
20 Dec 2023

Position Details 

About the College of Nursing and Health Sciences 

At the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we aim to be an innovator in contemporary education producing a safer and more resilient health and social care workforce. Our mission is to improve lives and empower communities, enabling better health and caring in the world through an exceptional student learning experience. In the College, our research mission is about co-creating new knowledge which promotes wellbeing, and better care and support, to individuals and communities across the lifespan. We work proactively with industry partners and professional bodies leading to more employable and innovative graduates. 

About the Role 

The Associate Lecturer will be responsible for contributing to the preparation and delivery of the College’s Optometry topics using innovations in teaching practices and technologies, with support and guidance from a more senior academic.

The role requires assistance in the design, development and review of topic and course materials with appropriate guidance from Course Coordinators and/or Senior Academic Staff.

As the Lecturer in Optometry, you will harness innovative teaching practices and technologies to deliver an interactive and personalised approach to clinical education in Optometry and other courses in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. You will be responsible for curriculum design and review, and undertake the role of Topic Coordinator as required, creating, and coordinating lectures, tutorials, practical classes, work integrated learning and workshops, all with a focus on clinical skills training. 

Both roles will also provide support, academic counselling and professional advice to students concerning their studies, professional development, and career opportunities. You will also be required to contribute to community service and strengthen new and existing partnerships with external stakeholders that have potential for improved teaching, learning and research outcomes.

In these positions, you will be concurrently engaged in practice as an Optometrist in clinical or community settings and will apply your understanding of the nexus between teaching and learning, research, scholarship, and practice to ensure teaching is in step with contemporary practice.

About You

With your exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, you will maintain strong relationships with a diverse range of staff, students and industry stakeholders. Your natural ability to collaborate and engage with relevant external professional domains, will develop productive partnerships that can provide opportunities to students and promote graduate employability. With your comprehensive knowledge of industry needs, and demonstrated experience in tertiary teaching, you will harness your high-quality written communication skills to develop curricula, and coordinate topics. Your keen attention to detail will allow you to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines while always demonstrating a commitment to high quality service delivery.

To be successful in this position, you will have:

  • As a minimum, satisfactory completion of 4 years tertiary study or equivalent qualification and experience in Optometry for the position of Associate Lecturer.
  • A PhD in optometry or vision science OR clinical experience and professional standing with relevant and contemporary clinical experience as an Optometrist for the position of Lecturer.
  • Evidence of an independent contribution to the development, delivery and evaluation of innovative teaching and learning strategies both in the classroom and in clinical education, including student assessment.
  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • An Optometry qualification which enables registration by the Optometry Board of Australia or allows admission to the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) Competency in Optometry Examination along with a qualification that enables scheduled medicines endorsement for a registered optometrist in Australia and New Zealand.
  • You will also be required to hold and maintain a current membership with Optometry Australia.

Please refer to the position descriptions for further information about the roles and responsibilities.

Life at Flinders 

We're transforming and investing in people and facilities to create contemporary, stimulating, and satisfying learning and work environments that reflect our core values of excellence, innovation, courage, and integrity. Flinders is refocusing its strategic priorities with the aim of elevating its performance to be a top ten Australian university, and amongst the top 1% in the world. 

Reaching beyond the limits of buildings, borders, and backgrounds, ours is an inclusive culture that believes absolutely in equality and opportunity for all. We don't just accommodate differences; we embrace and celebrate them. So, why work at Flinders? 

  • 17% Superannuation + salary packaging options 
  • Flexible working arrangements 
  • Wide range of professional development activities and services 
  • We embrace diversity and promote equity and inclusion for all students and staff 
  • Vibrant campus life and amenities including on campus health care services, gym and childcare centre (Bedford Park, South Australia). 

Prescribed Conditions for Employment

  • A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position. 
  • Pursuant to Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 (SA) this position has been deemed prescribed. It is an inherent requirement of the position that the successful candidate maintains a current Working With Children Check which is satisfactory to the University.
  • Please note that you may be required to provide evidence that you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, in line with the Flinders University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy  

How to Apply and Information 

  • You are required to submit Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Key Position Capabilities of the
  • View Position Description – Associate Lecturer (Clinical/Practitioner)
  • View Position Description – Lecturer (Clinical/Practitioner)

For more information regarding this position, please contact Professor Nicola Anstice


Applications to be submitted before 10:00 pm:

20 Dec 2023

At Flinders we embrace and celebrate diversity and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and people of all ages, ethnicities, abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

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