Auckland Optometry? other Allied Health?

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by acbard9, Oct 23, 2017.

  1. acbard9

    acbard9 UNSW Optometry I

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    I'm considering Optometry as my back-up to Med/Dent (considering I probably won't have the funds to get to Aussie Med/Dent, nor the grades to make it in Auckland/Otago Med/Dent). To me, eyesight is a gift, which fuels my desire to work as an Optometrist, but one thing that holds me back from choosing Optom as opposed to other allied health programs is that there seems to be a limit for specialisation/development.

    I'm not really sure what I'm asking but are there Optometry specialities? What can I do beyond the standard "being-an-Optometrist", or even owning a store?

    I'm also considering Nursing (for which I can specialise/ is a fulfilling career), Podiatry (for which I will be of need in rural areas), Audiology (similar reason to Optom; hearing is amazing), and Radiation Therapy (which seems like a fulfilling career too, making a difference to those e.g. with cancer)

    I'm not after money or prestige, just a career in healthcare in which I can make a difference.

    Thoughts? lol (sorry for length; having a life crisis at 20).
     
  2. Julie1999

    Julie1999 New Member

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    My opinion is only do nursing if you like it . I like nursing and have been working for a couple of years but it drained you out quickly as its always short staffed, underpaid and overworked. Thats why im changing to study either medicine or optometry. Something you can feel at least Abit more independent
     
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  3. kjz

    kjz Member

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    Otago Dentistry is pretty good. I enjoyed the time at Otago. If possible, better to improve your grades from a course and get into Otago Dent or maybe Med that saves you a lot of tuition fees because Australia's new policy will charge NZ student full domestic fee. Anyway, good luck for your application.
     
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