2019 SPEAKERS

Lisa Bakker

BAppSc(Optom) DipOcTher GAICD

Lisa graduated from Optometry at QUT in 1989. She began her practice with her husband, Ross, called Eyes At Narangba in 2003. In 2005 she completed the Behavioural Optometry Master classes through UNSW. In 2008 she completes her AICD course and in 2009 she completed her Diploma of Ocular Therapeutics through QUT. She was on the Board of ProVision from 2007-2017 and the Board of OQNT from 2014-2016.  She has worked with OGS with trips to Timor Leste and Vanuatu and was on the OGS National Committee 2012-2015. Her practice in Narangba includes Vision Therapy and Ortho-K, along with closely working with local GP’s and often finds her removing metal from corneas and dry eye/MGD treatments. Lisa has just completed my Fellowship for ACBO. 

ANDREW CArKEET

B A, B App Sci (Optom)(Hons), M S, Ph D, Grad Cert Oc Ther, FAAO

Andrew Carkeet is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology. He has research interests in clinical measurement of vision, visual optics and medical statistics and serves on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee for ARVO, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. 

Andrew’s clinical interests are optometric techniques and ocular therapeutics and he is a former holder of the Hamlyn R Brier award. He has a commitment to progressing clinical practice in the area of optometric therapeutics. In this regard, he makes regular submissions on the governance of therapeutic practice, on legislative and regulatory changes to state and national bodies.  He teaches therapeutics in the QUT optometry courses, including the governance of ocular therapeutics.

Nalani Cox  

Nalani was lucky to find her niche for improving and supporting the continuum of care early in her Nursing career. In 2016, Nalani was given the opportunity to focus more closely on the challenges faced between the primary and secondary healthcare sectors through her appointment as a General Practice Liaison Officer. In this role, Nalani worked collaboratively with GPs and Specialists to drive change management, clinical redesign and promote shared understanding to improve transition of care processes for clinicians and patients. Recently, Nalani has been working within Metro South Health as part of the largest statewide collaborative project undertaken in Queensland, focused on improving access to care within the outpatient environment through the implementation of the Clinical Prioritisation Criteria. Nalani has a keen interest in Digital Health and improving digital infrastructure to promote improved communication and interoperability and has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in E-healthcare at the University of Queensland.  

DR Peter gianoulis

MBBS (JCU), FRACGP

Peter is a practice principle at TSMP. He grew up in Townsville and graduated from James Cook University in 2006. After completing his resident training at The Townsville Hospital he has been working in General Practice since 2009. He was a director of the Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local from 2009 – 2012, and subsequently became one of the inaugural members of the Clinical Council for the North Queensland Primary Health Network until 2018. Peter enjoys medical education and is a supervisor for GP registrars and medical students in clinical practice and is a current clinical skills/guest lecturer for the JCU Medical School.

Dr David Gunn

MBBS (Hons 1) BSc CertLRS FRANZCO

Dr David Gunn is a Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgeon based in Brisbane. Dr Gunn specialises in medical and surgical diseases of the cornea, routine and complex cataract surgery and laser and refractive eye surgery. Dr Gunn practices at the Queensland Eye Institute and at the Mater Hospital both located in South Brisbane.Dr Gunn graduated from the University of Queensland Bachelor of Science and Medicine programs with First Class Honours.  He was awarded the prestigious K. G. Howsam gold medal for obtaining the highest results in the Australian and New Zealand final ophthalmology examinations.

Dr Gunn undertook fellowship training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital followed by further subspecialty training at the Bristol Eye Hospital, United Kingdom.

 Dr Gunn is active in eye disease research and is involved in the training of surgical registrars and medical students as a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. 

Mark Hinds

BScApp(Optom), BScApp(HMS), PGBScHons, PGCertOcTher, FBCLA

Mark practices in Teneriffe, Brisbane, Qld. Professionally, his clinical focus is on contact lens applications for the complex cornea, KC, post grafts, OSD, myopia control and corneal complications.  He is a provider of RGP and scleral contact lenses for public patients referred in from ophthalmology at tertiary hospitals in Queensland and is part of the Australia / NZ professional relations team for SynergEyes (USA).  He an early adopter of new technologies and has an sMap 3D to design freeform rotationally asymmetric lens designs in hyper Dk materials.  

 

Academically, he is a QUT graduate and has completed the grad cert in ocular thera. Before optometry he was an Exercise Physiologist with a BAppSci (HMS) and P/G BSc (hons) (UQ).  After teaching in tertiary exercise physiology education and working with high performance cyclists and triathletes, he moved focus to optometry. Starting in 2004 at QUT and now in 5th year specialty contact lens clinics and part of the 4th year specialty contact lens lecture program. In this role, he been awarded the QUT vice chancellor's award for excellence in teaching in 2010 and 2013.

Dr Eve Hsing

 MMed (Ophth.Sc)  MBBS    BAppSc (Optom) Hons

Dr Eve Hsing is an Ophthalmology trainee and has been working at various hospitals across Queensland, most recently at the Townsville Hospital. Eve initially studied Optometry at QUT before completing her medical degree. Prior to commencing formal Ophthalmology training, Eve worked in metropolitan, regional, and rural centres, in both medical and non-medical settings. She has served as a visiting optometrist to outreach clinics in remote Northern Territory. Eve has presented at local, national and international meetings, and published in both Optometry and Ophthalmology journals. As part of her day in the hospital, she is involved in the teaching of medical students on placement. 

INEZ HSING

BAppSc(Optom)(Hons), GradCertOcTher

Inez graduated from QUT in 2008 with First Class Honours and a University Medal. She was also awarded the Optometry Australia (QLD & NT Division) Clinical Excellence Award, and completed a Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2013.​ Inez has worked as a Clinical Optometrist in private ophthalmology practice since 2013.  She is currently based at the OKKO Eye Specialist Centre, where she has developed special interest in clinical assessment of macular and vitreoretinal conditions and therapeutic management of anterior segment disease and glaucoma.  Inez also joined the Glaucoma Australia Optometry Committee in 2017 and is passionate about early detection and education of glaucoma in the general community. Inez has guest lectured at continuing education conferences and seminars, and was the alumni keynote speaker at the 2011 QUT Faculty of Health Awards Ceremony.  She is active in the training of optometry students and works as a Clinical Supervisor in the QUT School of Optometry’s primary care clinics.

PROF Michael KalloniatiS

 

BSc. (Optom) M.Sc. (Optom) Ph.D, GradCertOcTher

Michael completed his optometry degree at the University of Melbourne and after completing his Master’s degree at the same institute, undertook PhD studies at the University of Houston, Texas.  After post-doctoral training at the University of Texas, he returned to Melbourne where he was an academic staff member in the optometry department before moving to the University of Auckland where he was the Robert G Leitl professor of optometry and vision science. In 2009, he took up the position of Centre Director and Professor at the Centre for Eye Health, UNSW. His expertise is in retinal neurobiology, visual psychophysics (as it applies to clinical testing) with a keen interest in glaucoma and retinal disease diagnosis. He is an active researcher publishing in a wide topic area and also presents at both local and international meetings.

 A/Prof Anthony Kwan

 

MBCHB MD(London) FRCOphth FRANZCO

A/Prof Anthony Kwan undertook his medical training in the UK and ophthalmology training at one of the largest dedicated eye hospital in the world - Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. He obtained a postgraduate research doctorate (MD) from the University of London in retinal transplantation. He was fellowship trained at the Lions Eye Institute, Perth, and at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He was the Director of Ophthalmology at the Mater Health Service (Brisbane) between 2011-2016. He was the Chair-person of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retinal Specialists (ANZSRS) between 2014-2016. He is currently the Director of Queensland Electrodiagnostic and Imaging Centre (QEDIC) and has been the Director of Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Queensland Eye Institute since 2007. He holds the academic title of Associate Professor of Ophthalmology from the University of Queensland. He has received grants Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, Macular Disease Foundation, and NHMRC, and he has over 1000 citations for his published works.

 

 

Dr Maria Markoulli

PhD MOptom GradCertOcTher FBCLA FAAO

Maria Markoulli is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Her research interests relate to the ocular surface in health and disease. She is a dual Ezell fellow from the American Optometric Foundation (2009 and 2010) and was on the Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) society sub-committee of the contact lens discomfort workshop and on the pathophysiology sub-committee of the TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II. She is deputy editor for Clinical and Experimental Optometry and the postgraduate coordinator for the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW. She is also the Australian TFOS Ambassador.

Maria Markoulli is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Her research interests relate to the ocular surface in health and disease. She is a dual Ezell fellow from the American Optometric Foundation (2009 and 2010) and was on the Tear Film and Ocular Surface (TFOS) society sub-committee of the contact lens discomfort workshop and on the pathophysiology sub-committee of the TFOS Dry Eye Workshop II. She is deputy editor for Clinical and Experimental Optometry and the postgraduate coordinator for the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW. She is also the Australian TFOS Ambassador.

dr ian reddie

LLB MBBS MACLM FRANZCO MAICD

Dr Ian Reddie is a subspecialist vitreoretinal surgeon and medical retina expert practising in Townsville, where he has served the community for the past 8 years. Dr Reddie studied medicine at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, and undertook his general ophthalmic training at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Children’s Hospitals in Randwick, and at the Sydney Eye Hospital in the Sydney CBD. After completing four years of general ophthalmic training and fellowship exams, he undertook a further two years of subspecialty fellowships in medical and surgical retina: the first at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, and the second at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. Since returning home to Townsville he has provided a world-class tertiary and quaternary surgical and diagnostic service for retinal disease for the benefit of the people of North Queensland. Dr Reddie is one of only several retinal specialists in the whole country who live and practice exclusively in a regional, non-metropolitan area, and is the only posterior segment specialist providing public and private retina care north of Brisbane.

Joe tanner

Joe is an Optometrist and has worked in industry in educational and commercial roles for Allergan UK, Hydron UK, Capricornia Contact Lens (Australia) and CooperVision (Australia and New Zealand).  He has given presentations and workshops on contact lens topics internationally.  He is a contributing author to the textbook Contact Lens Practice by Nathan Efron and is currently employed as Professional Services Manager for CooperVision Australia/New Zealand.

 melinda  toomey

BAppSc(Optom) MOptom MBA

Over the 25 years since graduating from QUT, Melinda’s career has been varied, practicing in the public sector, private practice and in the corporate setting, in roles ranging from clinical, managerial and educator.  A passion for clinical education saw Melinda assume a leadership role with Luxottica’s Institute of Learning, were she was responsible for researching and developing clinical peer-to-peer continuing education. In 2016, Melinda graduated from UNSW with a post-graduate Master of Optometry and will soon complete a Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics.  Melinda is the current President of OQNT and has been a board member since 2015. Melinda now divides her time between a Teaching Fellow at UNSW, clinical supervision at QUT, and private practice. Melinda’s clinical interest is ocular diseases.

a/prof stephen vincent

PhD BAppSc(Optom)(Hons) GradCert(OcTher) GradCert(AcadPrac) FAAO FACO

Steve is an Associate Professor in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the Queensland University of Technology. His primary research interests are the visual optics of contact lenses and refractive error development.  He has published over 70 scientific papers and 60 conference proceedings on related topics.  He is an associate editor for Contact Lens and Anterior Eye and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, the British Contact Lens Association, the Scleral Lens Education Society, the Australian College of Optometry, and the Higher Education Academy.

Elspeth wrigley

Elspeth completed her Bachelor of Vision Science in 2011 with a Masters in Optometry, with distinction, in 2013 from QUT. Elspeth is therapeutically qualified and has a strong interest in paediatric eye care and myopia control. Elspeth is an aligned optometrist with the Queensland Children’s Hospital. In 2018 she received a Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care from The College of Optometrists, Ulster.  Elspeth has been working at Clarity Optometrists, Bulimba, since the start of 2015.  During recent years Elspeth has also been back to QUT as a guest lecturer and clinical supervisor. Over the past 18 months Elspeth has been up skilling in contact lens care with particular interest in keratoconic, aphakic and mini-scleral designs

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