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Education and Training

Clinical education at the Eye and Ear encompasses both undergraduate and postgraduate education in the areas of ophthalmology, ENT, general practice, emergency medicine, optometry, orthoptics and audiology.

The hospital offers a supportive education and training environment at the forefront of teaching and research. In conjunction with Melbourne’s leading universities, we teach and train:

  • Undergraduate Medical, Orthoptic and Optometry students
  • Postgraduate Nursing (internal certificate) students
  • Postgraduate Optometry students
  • Postgraduate Ophthalmology, Ear, Nose & Throat and Anaesthetic students
  • Emergency Medicine students (limited places available)

Junior Medical Staff are encouraged to be involved and support our ongoing clinical research activities.

Education and Support

Clinical education for Junior Medical Staff is undertaken daily in informal and formal teaching sessions by Senior Medical staff in all disciplines. Junior Medical Staff present, discuss and prepare for examinations with support and leadership from Senior Registrars and Fellows. Wetlab sessions for new Ophthalmology registrars are run within the first six months of training. The Emergency Department also holds tutorials and Junior Medical Staff are encouraged to attend other hospital initiated teaching sessions where possible.

Our education partners include:

  1. University of Melbourne Departments of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology
  2. Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA)
  3. Bionics Institute
  4. The Hearing CRC
  5. La Trobe University 
  6. Australian College of Optometry
  7. General Practice Victoria
  8. Cochlear Australia
  9. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthalmologists (RANZCO)
  10. Australian Catholic University 
  11. Victoria University
  12. Deakin University
  13. RMIT
  14. Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologist's (RANZCO) Prize 2018

The Hector Maclean Ophthalmology prize is for final year medical students and is based on an examination held in August and September. The exam is conducted in two parts, a written exam, followed by an oral exam for certain candidates. Applications are now open for the 2018 prize, register online here. Find out more about the exam here.

Education and training for GPs:

We have developed a range of education and training opportunities for GPs and other referrers to support the management of patients' eye and ENT conditions in the community and assist access to hospital services. We provide some evening education sessions with specialist speakers throughout the year, as well as opportunities for GPs to arrange clinical attachments (observerships) or access online education. Find out more information about our education and training opportunities here. 

Education and training for nurses:

In addition to practise development programs for all nursing staff throughout the organisation, our Nursing Education at The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital offers postgraduate programs in Ophthalmology, Anaesthetics & Perioperative nursing with an affiliation with ACU, St Vincent’s Hospital, and St Vincent’s Private Hospitals. Nursing Education supports undergraduate nursing students from various universities and also provides a comprehensive Graduate Nurse Program to support the developmental needs of newly registered nurses, to consolidate their undergraduate learning.

More information regarding Graduate and Post Graduate programs will be made available shortly.


Please also visit The Ronald Lowe Library, the hospital's specialist health and research library, focussing on ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology. You can speak to the Librarian about access to online content and other library services.

Learn from the best

Our Senior Medical Staff are actively involved in training young doctors. Leaders in their fields of Ophthalmology or Otolaryngology, they run formal training sessions and lectures for medical students. They also host students from the St. Vincent’s Clinical School, in ENT and Eye Clinics.

We offer a number of placements to medical students in their final year of study, click here for more information.

By partnering with University of Melbourne and encouraging Junior Medical Staff to be actively involved in our ongoing research, we continue to produce outstanding and dedicated practitioners.

The Eye and Ear also has a full-time graduate Nurse Program, training Division 1 Registered Nurses within our busy Outpatients, Emergency, Perioperative Departments and Ophthalmology and ENT Wards.