Suggested refresher course in optometry for returned personnel

Catalogue Number: 939
Suggested refresher course in optometry for returned personnel
Category: Papers
Sub-Category: Minutes, meeting papers
: Education Committee of the Australian College of Optometry
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1946
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Four quarto size pages of typescript dated Jan 14 1946 being a plan for a refresher course in optometry for servicemen returned from World War 2
Historical Significance: World War 2 began on 1939 and involved Britain and British Commonwealth countries and the USA at war with Germany and its allies in Europe, and Japan from December 1941. The war ended on May 6 1945 in Europe and on September 2 1945 in the Pacific, with the formal surrender of the Japanese on that date, These papers detail a plan to help servicemen returning from the war to resume their careers as optometrists. Optometrists were first registered in 1936 (see Cat No 888 and 889) and there were some 400 registered optometrists, some of whom would have fought in the war for up to 6 years. The plan is for 13 weeks of lectures and demonstrations starting in March 1946 with four weeks of clinical experience in the rooms of private practitioners. The planned lecturers were Latimer, Cumberland, Kett, Gray, Edwards, Slade and ophthalmologist, Dr R L Naylor. The subjects covered were anatomy, retinoscopy, ophthalmoscopy, subjective refraction, psychology, orthoptics, perimetry, pathology and keratometry.
Condition: Good
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 2

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