Western Australia’s Curtin University will take in 20 students to study the first year of a course in the new optometry stream in the Faculty of Health Sciences at its Bentley campus in Perth, from next year onwards.

On completion of first year at Curtin, the students will then apply to Flinders University in Adelaide for admission to years two to five of the course leading to Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science) and Master of Optometry.

During their first year, students will not undertake study of optometry subjects, instead will study anatomy, physiology, biomedicine and human biology, along with students from other health-science degree courses.

The offer of 20 student placements for WA means 20 fewer offers will be made for students from South Australia – at present the total Flinders intake ranges between 54 and 63 each year.