By Rhiannon Riches
Five final-year optometry students at Flinders University are conducting a survey as part of their research into job satisfaction of optometrists in Australia.
The students – Daniel Tretola, Joanne Leong, Melanie Galloway, Sarah Golfis and Stephanie Callisto – have recently received ethics approval to conduct the study as part of their Masters in Clinical Research. The short online survey is expected to take less than five minutes to complete.
Optometrist Ben Hamlyn, as associate lecturer in the optometry program at Flinders University, is their supervisor.
‘This project will investigate the demographic and employment factors that influence the job satisfaction for Australian optometrists, and is supported by Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences,’ he said.
The project aims to find out what factors influence how satisfied optometrists are with their work.
Mr Hamlyn said the online survey will ask for work environment details. ‘The sharing of experiences will enable a better understanding of the variables that affect optometrists and their satisfaction with their career,’ he said.
Mr Hamlyn said the survey can be completed anonymously.
‘None of the information gathered will be identifiable, and comments cannot be linked directly to individuals. All information and results obtained in this study will be stored in a secure way, with access restricted to relevant researchers,’ he said.
The survey will close at the end of March.
Enquiries can be directed to Ben Hamlyn.