Advanced Diploma in Eye Care

Program Description

The Advanced Diploma in Eye Care (ADEC) will provide training in primary eye care, vision and eye health screening, treatment of anterior eye conditions, referral as necessary, refraction and prescription of glasses, theatre assistance and minor surgery.  Teaching in management and community eye health will also be provided, so that graduates are capable of organizing eye care services and centres and providing eye care to those in remote areas. Training in health promotion will incorporate the prevention and promotive aspects of eye care to ensure that graduates can provide comprehensive eye care services. Graduates will be recognised as Ophthalmic Clinicians with the PNG Medical Board

 

Duration of Study

The Advanced Diploma in Eye Care (ADEC) program is a one year full time program. The ADEC program aims to develop the capacity and ability of students to provide eye care independently in PNG. Graduates will form part of the leadership of eye care service development for the future.

Study Mode and Location

Full time on Campus, Divine Word University, Madang in association with Modilon General Hospital Eye Clinic

Requisites to complete the award

All units in the program have a 10 credit point value. Students are required to achieve 80 credit points and have paid all fees to be eligible to graduate with the Advanced Diploma in Eye Care.

Entry Requirement

Normal entry will require potential candidates to have completed a Bachelor degree program in Nursing or Health Sciences, or hold a nursing or a community health worker qualification recognized and/or registreable with Nursing Council or Medical Board in PNG. Those candidates intending to apply are encouraged to seek initial advice from the Eye Care department of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Entry requirements also include a minimum of one year’s experience in a health related field and matriculation or grade 12 certification. Special entry may be considered, on a case-by-case basis, for those who do not satisfy the above requirements for admission to the PGDEC program. The bases for such applications must be supported by providing the following documentations: 1.A nursing diploma with significant and successful nursing experience

2.Other academic achievements accepted by the Eye Care Department’s Admission Committee as equivalent.

In all cases, the Admission Committee of the Eye Care Department will be the sole and final judge of such applications. The Admissions Committee consists of two to three members of the department who consult with the Registrar. The Admission Committee will investigate and scrutinize all applications. The decisions of the Admission Board will be communicated in writing and should not be presumed until such a decision has been communicated.

Units Offered

Semester 1

EC 301 Essential Eye Care

EC 302 Refraction

EC 303 Operating Theatre

EC 309 Clinical Experience

 

Semester 2

EC 311 Clinical Rotations

EC 304 Community Eye Care

EC 305 Eye Health Promotion

EC 306 Quality Eye Care Management

Program Unit Descriptions

EC 301

EC 301 Essential Eye Care- 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to provide the graduate with the essential skills, knowledge adn attitudes for the provision o fhigh quality curative, preventative and promotive eye care. This includes the detection and management of conditions potentially threatening to vision. This unit will focus on those aspects of patient-centred eye care, through effective communication, clinical investigations and effective management of emergency situations.

EC 302

EC 302 Refraction - 10 Credit Points

This unit aims to provide graduate with essential skills, knowledge and attitudes for the provision of basic spherical refractive services and spectacle provision, to ensure satisfactory vision for a person's specific visual requirements. The Refraction Unit is an intensive training period for concepts of refractive error and basic refraction techniques, followed by clinical application through patient encounters.

EC 303

EC 303 Operating Theatre - 10Credit Points

This unit aims to provide the graduate with the essential skills, knowledge and attitudes for the provision of high quality services in the operating theatre to ensure the best outcome from surgical managment of eye health anomalies. This may include the preparation for assistance during and post operative care for ophthalmic surgical procedures. The Operating Theatre Unit is intended as an intensive training period for the concepts of ophthalmic operating theatre protocal, with skills and knowledge implemented and refined in a clinical setting.

EC 309

EC 309 Clinical Experience -  10 Credit Points

Under supervision the students will implement their clinical skills by examining, refracting and providing eye care. Application of clinical skills will allow students to transfer their theoretical skills. The practical rotation will offer the students the opportunity of seeing a wide range of eye conditions. This unit provides clinical experience and practice for the students to consolidate the knowledge and skills they have learnt in EC501 Essential Eye Care and EC502 Refraction 1 and will equip them to practise comprehensive eye care and empower graduates of the course to practise autonomously. In addition, the community will benefit from the eye care services provided by the students in the clinic and during outreach activities.

EC 311

EC 311 Clinical Rotations-  20 Credit Points

The unit is the largest and complements and completes the knowledge and skill taught in EC501 Essential Eye Care, EC502 Refraction 1, EC503 Operating Theatre, and Eye Care 507 Refraction 2 by providing practice in the examination and car of patients presenting to an eye clinic. The students will undertake clincial rotations at the Modilon Eye Clinic (or other approved eye care setting) of at least 200 hours. Under supervision the student will implement tehir clinical skills by examining, refracting and assisting in the operating theatre. Application of clinical skills will allow students to transfer their theoretical skills. The practical rotation will offer the students the opportunity of seeing a wide range of eye care conditions, and under supervision deal with more complicated cases. This balance between theory and practise will equip them to practise comprehensive eye care and empower graduates of the course to practise autonomously.

EC 304

EC 304 Community Eye Care - 10 Credit Ponts

This unit will bring focus of the provision of eye care from the individual patient to the community and wider population. The unit will cover the impact of blindness and visual impairment on a global scale, including the quality of life, economic and social burdens on an individual and society. It will involve critical analysis of the barriers that people face to accessing eye care, with particular focus on gender and poverty in the PNG context. During the unit, students will be required to analyse the most effective and appropriate ways of providing sustainable eye care services at the community level, involving formation of community partnerships and integration of eye care into primary health care services.

EC 305

EC 305 Eye Health Promotions

This unit will address the concept of eye health promotion by placing emphasis on the influence of beliefs, values, perceptions, attitudes and social structures within the community on health behaviours. The unit aims to provide the student with an understanding that effective health promotion requires community development and empowerment and a healthy setting in which the achievement of health is possible. The unit will cover the essential skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to provide high quality, culturally sensitive information, education, communication and supportive services in order to promote individual and community eye health, the prevention of eye problems and an increased awareness of eye care.

EC 306

EC 306 Quality Eye Care Management

This Unit develops the graduate eye care provider’s ability to facilitate the management of the provision of high quality, comprehensive care. This includes the planning, development and management of eye care services and information and financial systems. The unit emphasises the requirement for acceptable, efficient and equitable eye care service delivery. During this unit, strategies for the planning and implementation of sustainable services will be discussed.