ASO Skills Expo Presenters

A/PROF. ASHISH AGAR

President, Australian Society of Ophthalmologists

Ashish is a glaucoma consultant and surgeon at the Prince of Wales and Sydney Eye Hospitals, and is a Partner with Marsden Eye Specialists in Sydney. He is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales was Fellowship trained in Oxford. Hailing from regional NSW, Ashish is committed to ensuring medical eye care is not limited by geography. Ashish plays a pivotal role with the Outback Eye Service and is the Director of the Ophthalmology Service at Broken Hill Hospital. Ashish is Co-chair and New South Wales lead of the IRIS program and is Chair of the RANZCO Indigenous Committee.

 
 
 

DR PAUL ATHANASIOV

Paul is a graduate of South Australia’s Adelaide University.

He undertook a post-graduate Master in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science; University of Sydney) and a Master in Ophthalmology (University of Adelaide) before completing formal specialist training in ophthalmology via South Australia and the Northern Territory.

After completion of the RANZCO requirements Paul was invited to undertake further sub-specialist training at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in the areas of Cornea and Glaucoma.

He is now a principal doctor at Eye Surgeons SA in North Adelaide where he specialises in advanced laser cataract surgery, anterior segment repair following trauma, cornea grafting, pterygium excision and glaucoma surgery.

Paul has a strong commitment to international aid and has worked with the Sight For All foundation since 2009.

He also has a keen interest in research and has been widely published in the areas of cataract, oculoplastic surgery and ocular anaesthesia.

He remains an active lecturer for medical students, ophthalmology residents, GP’s and optometrists.

Paul says his goal as an ASO Director is to be an excellent communicator between local and national bodies to ensure that RANZCO South Australia members are being heard, whilst also ensuring the ASO is listening to, learning from and supporting interstate colleagues.

 
 
 

DR ANDREW ATKINS

Board of Directors, Australian Society of Ophthalmologists

Andrew is an established eye surgeon in Melbourne with a special interest in cataract surgery.

It was the Federal Government’s decision to cut the Medicare rebate for cataract surgery in 2009 which prompted Andrew to become an active member of the ASO. From 2012-2014 he served as ASO Vice President. Andrew was a previous board member of the Independent Ophthalmic Network (ION).

Outside of his private practice work he has been involved in public hospital and medical student teaching, as well as being an examiner in pharmacology with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists.

He has spoken at ophthalmology conferences both in Australia and abroad, as well as providing voluntary eye surgery in the South Pacific.

Andrew says he is passionate about helping to ensure the ASO exists as an organisation relevant to ophthalmologists at every stage of their career.

 
 
 

SCOTT BELL

Chief Operating Officer, Nexus Hospitals

Scott Bell is co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Nexus Hospitals, one of Australia’s leading operators of day surgeries and short stay hospitals. Starting his career as an orthoptist, Scott has had a career spanning many facets of healthcare business from establishing successful specialist medical practices through to managing multi-disciplinary day hospitals and surgical inpatient hospitals. Scott is also a director of Day Hospitals Australia and has spent the past ten years in private healthcare focused on the growing day hospitals sector, including the establishment of Nexus in 2013. Nexus Hospitals has been founded on a model of partnership with specialist doctors, and in just over six years has grown to 15 facilities, over 500 VMO surgeons, and cares for more than 75,000 patients per annum.

 
 
 

JARROD BRAMBLE

Partner, Cutcher & Neale

With a continued niche focus of working with medical practitioners, Jarrod’s expertise has enabled him to guide many of his clients from the initial stages of wealth creation as Doctors in Training, right through to wealth protection, planning and retirement strategies.

His passion for helping practitioners to improve their performance through sound financial management has led to the development of WealthStart and Australian Medical Benchmarks, which are all aimed to assist medical professionals and practices reach their financial, business and investment goals sooner.

 
 
 

DR THOMAS CAMPBELL

Surgeon/Scientist and Researcher Coastal Eye Care; Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital; Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne; NQ Eye Foundation

I am a clinician scientist at the Coastal Eye Centre, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Centre for Eye Research Australia at the University of Melbourne, and the NQ Eye Foundation. I am passionate about trying to improve outcomes in ophthalmology through the integration of research and clinical practice.

My research has three main themes:

  1. Improving surgical results through an evidence-based approach to the development of professional expertise,
  2. Using statistics to optimize decision making in medicine through the optimal use and interpretation of tests, and
  3. The logistical and scientific obstacles to the delivery of world-class ophthalmic services to regional, remote, and Indigenous communities

My subspecialty training in ocular genetics and electrodiagnostics, medical retina, and ocular inflammation was carried out at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, the Centre for Eye Research Australia, and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

 
 
 

SCOTT CHAPMAN

Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers

Scott was the Executive Chairman of TressCox Lawyers for over 4 years before they merged with HWL Ebsworth. Scott has over 29 years’ experience in Health Law, advising a number of major health institutions, in particular the Australian Medical Association (NSW) Limited, Avant Mutual Group Ltd, MDA National Insurance Pty Ltd, MIGA, London Insurers and the Australian Society of Ophthalmologists, and a range of other specialist Medical Associations.

Scott’s expertise and experience includes negotiations with government health departments, professional conduct and administrative law matters including HCCC, NSW Medical Council and AHPRA investigations, risk management, business structures and governance, corporatisation of medical practices and advising clients with respect to legislative interpretation and amendment, Coronial Inquests, Medicare investigations, policy advice, and corporate and commercial advice.

Scott also advises clients in relation to Hospital based investigations including issues relating to bullying and harassment, clinical privileges, systems issues and employment disputes including VMO disputes and accreditation.

Scott has been named in Best Lawyers Australia for Health & Aged Care from 2008-2021. In 2013 he was also selected as Lawyer of the Year for Health & Aged Care – Sydney.

 
 
 

PROFESSOR MINAS T. CORONEO AO

Professor Coroneo is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of New South Wales at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He has worked in outback Australia to improve the health of Indigenous Australians for some decades, following in the footsteps of Fred Hollows. He has carried out innovative research including pioneering the use of trypan blue to facilitate cataract surgery which has contributed to improving the success of this, the commonest surgical procedure, worldwide.

Professor Coroneo has conducted extensive research into eye health including the effects of sunlight on the eye and he described an optical phenomenon that explains the location and pathophysiology of diseases such as pterygium and cataract (the “Coroneo effect”). His interest in translational research has resulted in the development of a glaucoma microstent (CyPass). He was also part of the first group in Australia to carry out bionic eye research. His recent work on COVID-19 has brought a different perspective to understanding human infection by respiratory viruses. He is the inventor of more than 40 patents and has over 200 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is a co-compiler of Feast Your Eyes: The Eye Health Cookbook (2010).

Professor Coroneo has held appointments on local and international advisory groups and has been recognized for his achievements including being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2016. He was an international consultant for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and has been the International Judge for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Film Festival for 2020-2022, the first Australian to hold this position. He is also the Chairman of the Look for Life Foundation. He was awarded the Gold Cross of St Andrew by the Greek Orthodox Church in 2012 and a distinguished Ionian award in 2015 as recognition for his community work. In 2016 he was awarded the College Medal, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He became a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (FARVO) in 2017. In 2018 he received the inaugural Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation Research Medal for translational research.

 
 
 

DR MATHEW CRANSTOUN

After graduating from Medicine at the University of Queensland in 2010, Dr Matt Cranstoun was accepted for Ophthalmology training in 2014 and went on to complete a fellowship in Oculoplastics, Orbital and Lacrimal surgery.

Dr Cranstoun works in private practice at the Terrace Eye Centre in Brisbane and is a visiting medical officer at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. He is also a lecturer at the University of Queensland’s Department of Medicine.

 
 
 

ADELE CREIGHTON

Head of Healthcare, Macquarie Bank

Adele is a financial specialist, with over 15 years of experience working in the banking and financial services industry. Adele is the national head of healthcare for Macquarie Business Banking, leading a successful team nationally. She is passionate about sharing invaluable insights with clients to help them grow, change, capture opportunities, and realise their value, aligned with owners’ objectives.

Adele regularly presents at industry seminars and is a regular contributor to sharing Macquarie’s Healthcare Perspective, featured on Healthtech podcasts and recently hosted an international panel at the Macquarie Australia conference presenting to ASX200 and large ASX investors around the future of Healthcare. She has been at the forefront of parental leave initiatives, and with two kids of her own, has a goal to assist and facilitate parents in her team to successfully return to work, whilst being able to balance both family life and their careers.

Adele holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydney University, with a double major in accounting and finance, and has completed her financial planning qualification, RG146.

 
 
 

DR ROGER DAVIES

OculoPlastic surgery fellowship in Cleveland Ohio USA at Mt Sinai Medical Centre, Cleveland University Hospitals 1993-94, Mark Levine MD.
Full time practice in OculoPlastics since late 1990s.
Rooms at 585 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn, Victoria.
Consultant, OrbitoPlastic and Lacrimal Unit, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, since 1994.
VMO, Epworth Freemason’s Hospital.
 
 
 

GLENN FAWCETT

General Manager, Glaukos

Glenn graduated from the University of Liverpool, England with a Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) and completed a Masters of Marketing from Monash University. He started in ophthalmology with Allergan in 1997. His first sales role was in Glaucoma pharma and through the years moved into the ophthalmic surgical space where he has held sales and marketing management roles. In 2015 he became the General Manager of Glaukos Australia. Glenn has two daughters, enjoys road cycling, live music and attempting to play the guitar

 
 
 

KAREN FOWLER

Cluster Franchise Head Surgical and Country Manager, Alcon Australia & New Zealand

Karen is one of the industry’s most experienced and accomplished executives with over 20 years’ management experience in the medical device and consumer pharmaceutical industry. With more than 24 years’ working with Alcon, a global eye care leader, she has extensive experience as a senior commercial and executive leader across Australia and New Zealand. Her previous executive positions include Country Business Head, Surgical for Alcon and Country Business Head, Vision Care for Alcon. She has also held senior marketing and product manager positions, as well as Director of Operations for Alcon. She has completed the INSEAD executive leadership program. Karen is a motivated and authentic leader who builds positive work environments that inspire teams to achieve their personal and company goals, whilst enjoying their work. She is a keen advocate of the medical technology industry, supporting patient access to the latest innovations in eye care.

 
 
 

KERRY GALLAGHER

CEO, Australian Society of Ophthamologists

Kerry is a respected medico-political adviser and government relations expert. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Australia Medical Association Queensland and as Secretary General to Australian Medical Association. In 2008 Kerry was awarded the Australian Medical Association President’s Award for “outstanding contribution towards fostering the objectives of the AMA”. Kerry is a recognised builder and leader of result-focused teams, with more than 30 years’ experience as a manager of successful and respected organisations, in particular within the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Kerry has been awarded an Order of Australia medal for his efforts in the ADF.

 
 
 

SHAUN GATH

Principal, Narrabundah Partners Consultants & Advisers

SHAUN GATH is the Principal of Narrabundah Partners, a consultancy specializing in financial and regulatory aspects of private health insurance and the broader Australian health sector. NP’s clients include health funds, merchant banks, investment houses and private equity firms.

Prior to NP, Shaun spent seven years as the CEO of PHIAC, the Australian government agency responsible for prudential regulation of the private health insurance industry. In that capacity he oversaw the financial soundness of a $22 billion industry. PHIAC operated for 26 years but was closed in 2015 following machinery of government changes made by the Coalition Government.

Shaun also has extensive experience as a senior lawyer working both as a partner in a major Australian law firm and as in-house general counsel in a large government enterprise. He has also worked as an adviser to an Australian government minister, a parliamentary researcher and as a tutor in the ANU Law Faculty.

Shaun is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 
 
 

BRAD GECELTER

Partner, Priority Life & Perpetual Private

Bradley brings a fresh and passionate approach to his role as a Partner at Priority Life and Perpetual Private. After 13 years with Priority Life in client services, technical and research roles, he brings valuable know-how to the advice process. Bradley manages the risk insurance requirements of a range of professional including dental and medical specialists, as well as looking after the SME market. His strong communication skills, professional and personal approach, along with his attention to detail are testament to his ongoing success.

 
 
 

DR THOMAS HARDY

Oculoplastics, Orbital & Lacrimal Surgeon

Dr Thomas Hardy is an ophthalmologist specialising in treatment of disorders of the eyelids, orbit & lacrimal drainage system.

He graduated from Melbourne University in 1994 and trained as an ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital before undertaking five years of fellowship training in eyelid, orbital and lacrimal surgery in the United Kingdom including Moorfields Eye Hospital, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, Cambridge, Salisbury and Southampton.

Dr Hardy is the director of the Orbital, Plastic and Lacrimal Service at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and sub-specialist in Oculoplastics at the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He is an executive committee member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons (ANZSOPS), and an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne.

He has over 50 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, several book chapters, presents regularly at local, national and international meetings, and is involved in teaching of medial and orthoptics students, ophthalmology trainees and oculoplastics fellows.

 
 

DR REBECCA HAWARD

Dr Rebecca Haward is a Medical Retina specialist and General Ophthalmologist in Melbourne. Dr Haward completed her ophthalmology training through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH). She then undertook subspecialty training in Medical Retina and Uveitis at Bristol Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom.

In addition to private practice, Dr Haward holds a consultant position at RVEEH. She works in the Medical Retina unit, as well as in general and surgical ophthalmology. Dr Haward is interested in education and training, and is the current Hospital Medical Officer Supervisor at RVEEH.

 
 

PROFESSOR MINGGUANG HE

Head of Ophthalmic Epidemiology, University of Melbourne

Professor Mingguang He leads CERA’s ophthalmic epidemiology research and has a particular interest in twin studies, randomised clinical trials and imaging technology.

Professor Mingguang He is the Professor of Ophthalmic Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne.

He undertook his medical training in China and holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and PhD in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

Professor He is a global expert in vision-related clinical and epidemiologic research. He has led some important epidemiological studies and clinical trials, including the first population-based study on myopia in China, the first population-based study on glaucoma in China, a clinical trial to prove the efficacy of increased outdoor time on myopia prevention published in JAMA 2015 and a prophylactic clinical trial on angle closure glaucoma published in Lancet 2019. His publications have attracted more than 13K citations.

He has received > $10 million in major research grants in Australia, including the prestigious NHMRC investigator Grant and Medical Research Future Fund for his research on artificial intelligence.

He founded and served as the first president of the Asia Pacific Tele-Ophthalmology Society, and is a founding council member of Asia Pacific Myopia Society and Deputy Secretary-General for Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology.

Professor He is actively recruiting postdoc fellows, PhD/Master students and visiting fellows for his ongoing research projects.

 
 
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JACQUELINE HENWOOD

Completed the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne.

Since joining Professor Mingguang He’s team in 2021, as Research Project Manager at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA), Jacqui has been facilitating the roll out of the MRFF grant, which aims to use artificial intelligence with retinal imaging to improve earlier diagnosis by screening for common eye diseases and cardiovascular disease risk. We have been working with industry partners, consumer engagement organisations, GPs, cardiologist, researchers and more to improve the health of Australians by implementing this automated artificial intelligence (AI) system, which has the potential to improve earlier diagnosis, targeted referrals, and standardization of care in real world clinics.

Previous work included corporate and private optometry, while establishing her own mobile optometry service in the ACT catering to aged care facilities.

 
 
 
ALEX-HUNYOR-2022

A/PROF. ALEX HUNYOR

Alex is a retinal specialist with over 25 years of expertise in vitreoretinal surgery and macular disease. He is an Associate Professor and member of the Macular Research Group at the Save Sight Institute, Sydney University; and a director of Retina Associates. He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, and has lectured extensively at local, national and international conferences. Alex serves on the Board of Macular Disease Foundation Australia, and is the Chair of the MDFA Medical Committee.

A current Board member and former Secretary/Treasurer of ASO, Alex is a firm believer in supporting the activities of both ASO and RANZCO. Given his broad involvement across ophthalmology, Alex assists ASO in maintaining strong communication and collaboration with organisations and committees working to improve access to eye care for all Australians.

 

 
 
 

DR JWU JIN KHONG

Dr Jwu Jin Khong is an oculoplastic surgeon from the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Austin Health in Melbourne. A fellow of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons, and a member of the international Thyroid Eye Disease Society, she has a keen interest in thyroid eye disease research. She is a supervisor for the vocational ophthalmology training program and a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne.

 
 
 

DEBORAH JACKSON

Medico-Legal Advisory Counsel, MDA National

Deborah has extensive experience in medical negligence litigation in all jurisdictions acting for doctors, physiotherapists and other allied healthcare professionals in civil and coronial hearings.

Deborah joined MDA National in 2003. In addition to providing medico-legal advice, assistance with AHPRA, Medical Board, Medicare Investigations, Coronial Inquiries and claims management to all MDA National Members, Deborah regularly speaks at seminars and conferences to doctors of various disciplines.

 
 
 

DR JOHN KENNEDY

Dr John Kennedy is a senior ophthalmic surgeon and former head of the department of ophthalmology at St Vincents Hospital in Sydney. His private rooms are in St Vincents Clinic, specialising in cataract surgery. John is also a past chairman of the NSW branch of RANZCO.

Since May 2018 he has been the inaugural chairman of ANZEF, with a desire to promote philanthropy as one of our college’s core principles.

 
 
 

PROFESSOR GRAHAM LEE

Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Queensland

Graham Lee is one of a few specialists who have completed both corneal & external diseases (Moorfields Eye Hospital, London) and glaucoma fellowships (Birmingham and Midlands Eye Hospital, Birmingham). He has been involved with the selection and training of Ophthalmology registrars and been recognised by RANZCO as a trainer of excellence. Clinical research is a passion, having published more than 120 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and book chapters in major texts. He has been the recipient of national and international awards, including the Australasian Cataract & Refractive Society Film Festival twice and the World Glaucoma Congress Film Festival in Vancouver. Graham has presented more than 200 lectures worldwide and has a special interest in developing countries including Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Vietnam and Nepal. He has co-founded a website https://iop.vision to promote high quality in-depth teaching of ophthalmology.

 
 
 

DR RIDIA LIM

Cataract and Glaucoma Specialist

Dr Ridia Lim is a senior glaucoma specialist from Sydney. She is the head of the glaucoma unit at Sydney Eye Hospital and is the Vice Chair of ANZGS. She is a senior lecturer at University of Sydney and on the Scientific Program Executive Committee for RANZCO. She is a Visionary and a Board Director for Sight For All. She is passionate about improving patient outcomes, surgical innovations, and teaching.

 
 
 

DR JAMES MUECKE AM

Dr James Muecke AM graduated with Honors from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987. Following his internship, James lived and worked as a doctor in Africa and subsequently as an eye surgeon in the Middle East. He founded Sight For All in 2008.

His commitment to humanitarianism has earnt him a string of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. James is Australian of the Year 2020.

 
 
 

DR LOUISE ROBINSON

Dr Louise Robinson is an Ophthalmologist who graduated in medicine with honours from the University of Sydney.

Her Ophthalmic specialty training was obtained through the Sydney Eye Hospital, which provided her with a comprehensive exposure and understanding of both medical and surgical eye presentations and their treatments’. Dr Louise was then accepted as a fellow specialising in Glaucoma at the world renowned University of British Columbia, Vancouver Eye Care Centre, Canada.

Currently, Dr Louise, not only works privately, but also has a public appointment at the Gold Coast University Hospital, where she enjoys managing complex general and glaucoma patients, whilst teaching “future Ophthalmologists” in relevant medical and surgical techniques. Dr Robinson also enjoys providing Ophthalmologic services to the Gladstone and Rockhampton Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with the help of the Aboriginal “Eye and Ear Surgical Support” and “CheckUP” groups.

Dr Robinson is actively involved in the State Ophthalmology College as the Queensland Young Fellows representative which enables her to be involved in the ongoing support, education and encouragement of new and young fellows. As the Gold Coast representative of the Australian Medical Association, she is also able to participate in broad state medical issues and advice. Mentoring medical students is something that she has enjoyed and she is constantly excited by the enthusiasm and ambition of the young students coming through.

Her surgical skills include cataract extraction, pterygium excisions, medical retinal interventions and her glaucoma sub-speciality interests are trabeculectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, minimally invasive glaucoma devices and goniotomies, whilst also providing a range of glaucoma laser procedures.

Dr Robinson is actively involved and committed to the ongoing glaucoma clinical research, having presented at international conferences, with papers that have been published in peer reviewed journals.

 
 
 

PETE SAUNDERS

Head of Strategy, Sprint Capital Partners
Co-Founder/Director, Health Delivered

Pete Saunders works at the intersection of experience, data and communications in health innovation and commercialization. He is the Head of Strategy at Sprint Captial Partners, and co-founder/Director of Health Delivered. His background covers digital product and service strategy, brand, marketing and design strategy.

Alongside this, Pete previously sat on the Global Governance and Accountability Council of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers, is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Victorian Entrepreneur of the Year nominee and Australian of the Year Nominee.

 
 
 

PHIL SMITH

Partner, Cutcher & Neale

Investment markets can be complex, but Phil is always looking to provide investment advice that is clear, concise and actionable.

As a Chartered Accountant with merchant banking and treasury experience domestically, as well as the UK and Asia, Phil’s experience and skill set is unique.

With over 30 years’ experience working with high-net-worth individuals, Phil’s passion is seeing his clients live the lives they aspire to. Being an expert in investment strategies has seen him work with a breadth of clients at all stages of their lives and careers. This has given Phil vast experience in guiding a diverse client base to create and secure a prosperous financial future.

Phil has driven innovation within Cutcher & Neale Investment Services with the introduction of international equities over 10 years ago and more recently the implementation of a Managed Discretionary Account regime, to deliver more efficient service to clients. His approach of listening to clients and their individual motivations and aspirations allows him to really uncover what matters most to them and is highly valued by his clients.

Phil has a strong belief that independent research produces the best investment outcome for clients, which ensures that all of his recommendations are free from any institutional influences or biases.

 
 
 

DR RICHARD SMITH

Director, Focus Eye Centre, Surgical Partners

Dr Richard Smith attended Sydney Boys High School and then gain his medical degree from Sydney University. He underwent ophthalmic training at St Thomas’ Hospital, London and Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Melbourne.

Dr Smith commenced practice in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in 1980 and founded Focus Eye Centre in 1985. He is a General ophthalmologist with special interest in day surgery and cataract and refractive surgery.

 
 
 

DR CHARLES SU

Charles Su is an Oculoplastic Surgeon practicing in East Melbourne and a consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He was trained in Melbourne, then completed Oculoplastic Fellowships at Royal Brisbane Hospital and at the University of Michigan. He is a past Secretary as well as past President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeons and was involved in the response from RANZCO to the Health Department in the latest Medicare Benefits Schedule review.

 
 
 

DR LAURIE SULLIVAN

Dr Laurie Sullivan is a fellowship trained Corneal Specialist. He specialises in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the front of the eye, including small incision refractive Cataract Surgery, Corneal diseases (including Keratoconus Cross Linking) and Corneal Transplantation Surgery, and Laser Refractive Surgery.

His public hospital teaching appointment is to the Corneal Clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, where he is involved in training Ophthalmology registrars and fellows. Laurie has been a Clinical Associate at the University of Melbourne Department of Ophthalmology and the Centre for Eye Research Australia since 1994.

He was an Examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (2009-2019). Laurie has lectured at the University of Melbourne Department of Optometry and Visual Science, and examined candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. He has lectured internationally.

Laurie has worked overseas volunteering his time for developing world eye camps with the Fred Hollows Foundation in Nepal, and also in Fiji. He helped conduct the first ever Ophthalmology fellowship examinations for Cambodia in 2009 and has maintained his involvement in that country in teaching ophthalmic trainees and helping to develop the curriculum and system. He is a founding member of RANZCOs International Development Committee.

He is involved in major research projects at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters.

Laurie is a member of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists, Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, the American and European Societies of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons and the Australasian Cornea Society.

 
 
 

DR PETER SUMICH

Vice President, ASO

Peter graduated with Honours from NSW University in 1990 and after residency he worked as an accredited emergency medicine registrar at Royal North Shore Hospital. He was awarded the Australian Medal in the Emergency Medicine Primary Exam. After four years of emergency medicine he transferred to ophthalmic surgery and later graduated from Sydney Eye Hospital.

He was awarded the Sir Norman Rose travelling scholarship and in recognition of his high level of training to an international standard, the Royal British College of Ophthalmology granted him dual registration as a specialist eye surgeon in both Britain and Australia. Peter is now a partner at Hunter Street Eye Specialists Parramatta. Apart from his current Presidency of the ASO, Peter also sits on the Council of Procedural Specialists. He has served on the NSW State Ophthalmic Services Committee, the AMA Hospital Services Committee and currently the Medicare Advisory Committee at RANZCO.

 
 
 

BLAKE THOMAS

Country Manager, J&J Vision ANZ

Appointed as Country Manager for Johnson & Johnson Vision ANZ (JJV) in 2020, Blake is passionate about improving patient outcomes and partnering with Ophthalmologists to support their professional and clinical needs.

Most recently, Blake was responsible for J&J’s Medical Devices portfolio with NSW Health, supporting the development of registrars & consultants and implementing models of care that improve outcomes and reduced costs. By partnering with hospitals efficiencies were gained, costs were saved, and VMOs support was enhanced.

Historically Blake has worked in diverse environments including with large-scale customer datasets, online channels, new technologies and center-of-excellence teams. In additional to public & private hospitals, Blake has worked in retail & pharmacy channels across ANZ and Asia. With a passion for innovation, data and technology, Blake enjoys finding new ways to address unmet needs, and finding creative ways to improve workflows and outcomes.

Blake has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and 17 years experience with Johnson & Johnson.

 
 
 

CLINICAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NITIN VERMA AM

President, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

President-elect Professor Verma has been a long time member of the RANZCO Board and was Vice President over the period 2018-19. He currently chairs the RANZCO Future of Ophthalmology Taskforce. He has a special interest in retinal disease, is a Professor at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania and is in private practice at Hobart Eye Surgeons. He is also Director of the Macular Disease Foundation of Australia. He is the Honorary Consul in Tasmania for Timor Leste and was awarded the Order of Australia in 2010 for his service to ophthalmology.

 
 
 

DAVID WENBAN

Managing Director, Australian Health Industry Group

David is the Managing Director of the Australian Health Industry Group, a human resources business aimed at the health, community services, disability and not for profit sector delivering consulting, training, human resources, legal and corporate services to its clients across Australia. AHIG has previously owned and operated numerous medical clinics in both metropolitan and rural locations throughout Australia.

As a lawyer, David specializes in employment, OH&S and industrial relations law, and he is well known for his understanding of the health & community services industry’s intricacies and his ability to deliver concise and pragmatic advice about most issues.

As a business consultant and mentor working with Boards of Management and the Executive teams of organisations David is well known and valued for his capacity to “keep it simple” by focussing on your customers, your people, your business strategy and its execution.

Given these features David is often in high demand as a presenter, coach, and facilitator, and he regularly writes articles and commentary for various corporate and professional newsletters journals, magazines, and websites.