Lecturers

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Dr Brian Ang, FRCOphth, FRANZCO

Dr Brian Ang is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, who completed his ophthalmology training in Norwich, Inverness and Aberdeen. He then pursued further studies in glaucoma at Aberdeen, Geneva and Wellington. Brian is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Glaucoma Clinic and the Emergency Department of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. He entertains keen interests in clinical research, advocacy and teaching. Brian is the Webmaster for vision-and-eye-health.com and he holds memberships of the Glaucoma Australia Expert Advisory Panel as well as the Associate Advisory Committee for the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery.

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Assoc Prof James Armitage, MOptom, PhD

Assoc Prof James Armitage graduated from UniMelb in 1996 and completed MOptom and PhD studies in the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences. He is presently the Course Director and Head of Vision Science at Deakin University. His research interests outside of Optometry include the neurogenic control of blood pressure and understanding how the environment encountered during development can shape our cardiovascular health. James' optometric research seeks to understand how cardiovascular health impacts on ocular blood flow (and therefore glaucoma).

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Associate Professor Michael Coote, MBBS, FRANZCO, GAICD

Associate Professor Michael Coote is a Lead Investigator at CERA and the Clinical Director of Ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital. Michael has been researching surgical solutions for Glaucoma for over 20 years and is a consultant to the Glaucoma Clinic at Hospital. He has presented at local and International meetings on Glaucoma Surgery and new techniques. Michael, with Professor Jonathan Crowston, has developed the GONE online teaching and benchmarking tool which is free and has now been translated into Spanish and Chinese. The GONE program has had over 2500 Eye Care professionals enrol and use the program – far ahead of any other teaching program in Ophthalmology. In addition, Michael has a strong interest in Clinical Quality and Audit is the Chair of the Board Quality Committee at Mercy Health.

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Dr Heather Connor, BSc (Hons), PG Cert OcTher, PhD

Dr Connor graduated with a degree in Optometry from the University of Bradford in 1987 and worked in the General Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne before moving to private practice in the Midlands where she was a supervisor for the British College of Optometrists Pre-Registration Examinations. Heather moved to Australia in 1996, initially working in private practice and then in her own business, before working with Dr Noel Brennan from 2004 – 2008 in contact-lens based research.

Heather completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne researching cortical markers for glaucoma which was funded by an NHMRC Research Scholarship.

She is a lecturer in Clinical Skills in Optometry at Deakin University and run the Pre-Clinic Teaching Facility at the Australian College of Optometry. She also works in the glaucoma monitoring clinic at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

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Jane Duffy OAM BSc(Optom), LLB(Hons), PGCOT

Jane Duffy is a Senior Lecturer at Deakin University. She is a member of the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA) and is Chair of the OBA’s Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee.

 

 

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Dr Jennifer Fan Gaskin is a surgical glaucoma and cataract specialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Lansdowne Eye Clinic. She is the Principal Investigator, Glaucoma unit, Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and an honorary lecture at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland.

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Dr Jesse Gale, MB, ChB, FRANZCO

Dr Jesse Gale is a consultant ophthalmologist from Wellington, New Zealand. Jesse did his fellowship training in global ophthalmology with the Fred Hollows Foundation, neuro-ophthalmology at Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, USA, and glaucoma at Cambridge University Hospitals, Cambridge, UK. He works in the public hospital and in private practice and with teaching roles in University of Otago as well as ACO.

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Dr Lance Liu, MBBS (Melb), FRANZCO

Dr Lance Liu graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1992 before completing his ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). He then undertook fellowship training in Glaucoma at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London, UK), the National University of Singapore (Singapore) and the Wills Eye Hospital (Philadelphia, USA).

Currently, he works in private practice in Preston and Glenroy (Melbourne, Australia) as well as a Glaucoma Consultant at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (Melbourne, Australia). Recently, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne (CERA).

He has an interest in clinical research that includes angle closure and pigment dispersion glaucoma, gonioscopy, anterior segment imaging, cataract surgery and glaucoma practice patterns.

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Dr Raj Pathmaraj FRANZCO, FRCS, MRCOphth, MMed, DO, MBBS

Raj Pathmaraj is a comprehensive ophthalmologist with an extensive cataract surgical practice.  Raj is a senior medical staff member at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) and a consultant ophthalmologist at the Vision Eye Institute.

He is a founding partner of the Sight RANZCO an institution that is involved in the training of ophthalmologists in developing countries and the funding of research. He has worked at the Pacific Institute of Ophthalmolgy (Fiji) and the Mandalay Eye and ENT Hospital (Myanmar).

Raj is also the Founding President of the Australian Medical Aid Foundation (Victorian Chapter), an organisation that is dedicated to the rebuilding of health infrastructure in war-torn countries in south-east Asia.

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Dr Geraint Phillips, BSc, OD, DCLP Br. Coll. Optometrists, MCOptom

Geraint Phillips is the Clinic Director and Senior Lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He mainly teaches in the areas of Ocular Health, including glaucoma, and was involved in the establishment of an Auckland District Health Board (ADHB) glaucoma clinic within the School’s Eye clinic. Geraint is a New Zealand Optometrist Glaucoma Prescriber and credentialed to see ADHB glaucoma patients. He sees a wide range of glaucoma patients in a weekly clinic.

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Dr Hakki Semerli, MBBS (Hons) FRANZCO

Hakki Semerli is the Founding Director and Principal of Specialist Eye Surgeons. Hakki’s professional interests include cataract surgery, blepharoplasty and pterygium surgery, although he also devotes his time to general ophthalmology. After he completed his ophthalmological training, he undertook a year of work in a remote regional area of the Northern Territory’s outback. He has continued to perform that service on an annual basis. Hakki was the acting Head of Ophthalmology at Northern Health until he opened his private practice. He has taught medical students at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and assists in the teaching of students at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.

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Dr Simon Skalicky FRANZCO, BSc (Med), MPhil, MMed, MBBS (Hons 1)

Simon Skalicky is a glaucoma and cataract subspecialist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Simon’s clinical interests include the management (laser and surgical) of glaucoma, ocular surface disease in glaucoma and cataract surgery and he is an advocate for a collaborative approach to glaucoma care. Simon is a clinical senior lecturer at both the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne. He also sits on the Ophthalmology Liaison Committee and the Expert Advisory Panel for Glaucoma Australia. Simon acquired subspecialist expertise in the management of glaucoma and challenging cataract surgery at Cambridge (United Kingdom). He is a proponent of evidence-based best practice and his work has been widely published. Simon is actively involved in the training of medical students, registrars and fellows.

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Dr Heathcote Wright, B. Sci (hons), MBBS, P.G.Dip.Ophthalmic Sci, PhD, FRANZCO

Dr Wright is a cataract and glaucoma surgeon with a particular interest in service delivery and the development of a sustainable model to manage glaucoma in Australia. He completed his PhD with Prof Hugh Taylor at University of Melbourne and then undertook advanced surgical training in Ophthalmology at RVEEH before heading to the UK where he completed a glaucoma fellowship. Dr Wright was the Gerrard W Crock fellow at CERA and maintains a research position at the University of Melbourne. He consults publicly at Austin and RVEEH and has private clinics.

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