About placement and externship

Important information about externship and placement including how to become a mentor and who to contact about arranging a placement or externship.

All Bachelor of Optometry students must undertake experience in community-based practices during their final year of study.

Placements and externships allow students to gain experience beyond the University clinic, under supervision from practicing optometrists and allows them to develop a broader view of optometry.

Key facts

  • Students attend two one-week placements and one three-week externship. The three-week externship can be broken into two smaller time lengths with two different practices when necessary.
  • Placements and externships take place through New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific.
  • Placements run from early March to early June.
  • Externships occur from early June through to mid July.  

Become an Honorary Teaching Fellow

We rely on our fantastic optometrist mentor partners to host students for placements and externships.

We are always looking for more practices. In return we invite optometrist mentors to become Honorary Teaching Fellows, which offers the following:

  • Full access to the extensive resources that the University of Auckland library offers, including all of its electronic resources
  • Use of the title “Honorary Teaching Fellow” affiliated with the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of  Auckland
  • Preferential and cost-reduced access to Continuing Professional Development events within the School of Optometry and Vision Science
  • Use of the following phrase on your website and similar, should you wish it: “Our practice provides teaching services for the University of Auckland's School of Optometry & Vision Science for their Bachelor of Optometry degree”.

Who to contact

Gini Parslow (Virginia)     
Practicum Placement Coordinator    
Phone: +64 9 923 9054     
Email: v.parslow@auckland.ac.nz       

Geraint Phillips        
Clinic Director    
Phone: +64 9 923 6503     
Email: g.phillips@auckland.ac.nz          

Thank you to our 2019 Placement and Externship Hosts

The University gratefully acknowledge the participation of practices who hosted our students for their placements and externships.


A+ Optometry, Melbourne (externship)
Abernathy Owens, Perth (placements)
Albany Optometrists, Auckland (placements)
Alfred Nott Optometrists, Melbourne (placement)
Bailey Nelson, High St, Auckland Central (placement)
Bailey Nelson, Ponsonby, Auckland (externship)
Barrington Eyecare (placements)
Bay Eyecare, Tauranga (placements)
Bentley & Sue, Lower Hutt (externship)
Black Gates Meek Dong, Wellington (externship)
Bruce Little & Associates, Levin (placement & externship)
Buck & Todd, Mackay Queensland (placement)
Bupa Optical, Adelaide (externship)
Central Vision Optometry, Wanaka (externship)
Collins St Optometrists, Melbourne (placements)
Curtis Vision, Christchurch (placements)
Devonport & Birkenhead Optometrists (placement)
Diabetic Retinal Screening, West Coast of South Island, with Matthews group (placements)
Eye to Eye Optometry, Queensland (placement)
Eyes on Broadway, Palmerston North (placement & externship)
Fairmaid Chance & Crawford, Dunedin (placement)
Fiji Medical Camp (placements)
Foate Optometry (placement)
George & Matilda, Sydney (placement)
George & Matilda Townsville (externship)
Grylls Keleher & Matthews, Paraparaumu, Wellington (externship)
Hawkins Visique Optometrists, Onehunga (placement)
Helen Summers Optometrists, Darwin (placement)
Howes & Brown, Auckland (placements)
Judd Optometrists, New Plymouth (externship)
Kevin Paisley, Geelong, Australia (placement)
Kerikeri Optometrists (placements)
Low Vision Services, Auckland (placement)
Maharangi Vision Centre, Warkworth (externship)
Martin & Lobb, Invercargill (externship)
Matthews Auckland (placements)
Matthews Blenheim (externship)
Matthews Nelson, Richmond & Motueka (placements & externship)
McClellan Grimmer Edgar, Wellington (placement)
McDonald Adams, Warkworth (externship)
MH Rogers, Tauranga (placements)
Milburn & Neill, Dunedin (placement)
Milford Optometrists, Auckland (placement)
Mortimer Hirst, Auckland (placement)
NIB Eyecare, Melbourne (externship)
Nicholls & Associates, Auckland (externship)
Oamaru Eyecare (externship)
Occhiali, Ponsonby (externship)
Ocula Wanaka & Queenstown (placement & externship)
OPSM Albany (placement)
OPSM Bayfair, Mt Manganui, Tauranga (placement)
OPSM Browns Bay, Auckland (placement & externship)
OPSM Cairns, Earlville (placement)
OPSM Chartwell, Hamilton (placement)
OPSM Christchurch, The Crossing (placements)
OPSM Christchurch, The Palms (placement)
OPSM Garden City, Booragoon, Western Australia (placement)
OPSM Hastings & Napier (placement)
OPSM Hornby, Christchurch (placement)
OPSM Midland Gate, WA (placement)
OPSM Pacific Fair, Broadbeach, Gold Coast (externship)
OPSM Palmerston North (placement)
OPSM Porirua (placement)
OPSM Tauranga, The Crossings (placement & externship)
OPSM Toombul, Brisbane QLD (placement)
OPSM Wellington, Lambton Quay & Willis St (placement)
Optical Co. Sydney, CBD and Parramatta (placement)
Papakura Eyecare (externship)
Paterson Burn, Hamilton (placement & externship)
Re:Vision, Auckland (placements) 
Richard Lindsay & Associates, Melbourne (placement)
Sangster & Matthews, Wellington (part-externship)
Specsavers Albany, Auckland (externship)
Specsavers Australia Fair, Gold Coast (placement)
Specsavers Bayfair, Mt Manganui, Tauranga (placements)
Specsavers Botany (placements)
Specsavers Brisbane CBD (placement)
Specsavers Broadbeach (placement & externship)
Specsavers Carousel, Perth (part-externship)
Specsavers Dunedin (placement)
Specsavers Elanora, Queensland (externship)
Specsavers Gisborne (externship)
Specsavers Glenfield, New Zealand (placement)
Specsavers Hastings (externship)
Specsavers Ingle Farm, SA (placement)
Specsavers Jesmond, NSW (placement)
Specsavers Johnsonville (externship)
Specsavers Joondalup, Perth (placements)
Specsavers Karrinyup, Perth (part-externship)
Specsavers Kilkenny, Adelaide (externship)
Specsavers Kotara, Newcastle, NSW (placement)
Specsavers Lower Hutt (externship)
Specsavers Manukau, Auckland (externship)
Specsavers Morley South, WA (externship)
Specsavers Nelson & Specsavers Richmond (externship)
Stratford Optometrists, Taranaki (externship)
Specsavers Papanui, Christchurch (externship)
Specsavers Riccarton, Christchurch (externship)
Specsavers Rotorua (placement & externship)
Specsavers Rundle Mall, Adelaide (externship)
Specsavers Shirley, Christchurch (externship)
Specsavers Taupo (externship)
Specsavers Tauranga,
Devonport Rd (externship)
Specsavers Te Rapa, Hamilton (placements)
Specsavers Tea Tree Plaza, Adelaide (externship)
Specsavers Townsville Willows (placement)
Specsavers Warwick, Perth (externship)
Specsavers Wellington, Lambton Quay & Cuba St (placements & externship)
Specsavers West Burleigh, Queensland (externship)
Specsavers Whanganui (externship)
Specsavers Whitford, Perth (externship)
Specsavers Willeton, Perth (externship)
Specsavers Willows, Townsville (placement)
Specsavers Winthrop, Perth (part-externship)
Spex for You, Auckland (placements)
Taupo Vision Care, Taupo (placement & externship)
University of Melbourne Clinic (externship)
Vision Centre Botany, Auckland (externship)
Visique Frith & Laird, Auckland (placement & externship)
Visique Greerton, Tauranga (placement)
Visique Hawkins, Auckland (placement)
Visique Whakatane (placements & externship)
VisualEyez, Whangarei (placement)
Waikato DHB Eye Clinic (placements)