Catalogue Number: 1876
A submission concerning a school of optometry at Murdoch University in Western Australia prepared for the Optometrists Registration Board
Sub-Category: Reports and submissions
Author: H Barry COLLIN
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1973
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Melbourne
Description Of Item: Photocopy of a report commissioned for the Optometrists Registration Board of Western Australia and written by Dr H Barry Collin (pictured), reader in the Department of Optometry at the University of Melbourne, A4 size, spirex bound, 54 pages plus 4 appendices and 15 Tables.
Historical Significance: Western Australia has always felt isolated from the rest of Australia because of its separation from the populous east coast States and argued that it needed a school of optometry because of the difficulty recruiting optometrists who had trained in an eastern state. They also wanted a school because of its potential for advancing the knowledge and skills of local optometrists. However the population of WA at the time was about 1 million, and therefore needed only a relatively small number of optometrists and a small number of graduates a year. A school of optometry in WA it was argued would be too small to be able to support the staff and physical resources to meet contemporary standards of optometric education. This report puts a counter argument and details the requirements for a school of optometry. The school was not established.
How Acquired: Ex Nathan Library
Location: Archive office. Pamphlet and ephemera filing cabinet. Drawer 5