Lecturers

 
Judith Abbott BScOPtom MPPM EMPA

Judith Abbott brings extensive experience in policy, strategy, service design and advocacy to the Vision 2020 Australia team. With an undergraduate degree in optometry, she worked in a range of clinical and management roles in eye care before entering the Victorian public service where she worked in a diverse range of areas including health workforce and regulation, aged care, mental health, drugs, preventive health and primary and community health. She worked in senior executive roles in government for over 10 years, and holds masters degrees in public administration and policy and management.

 
Skye Cappuccio  PGDipPubHlth BA

Skye Cappuccio is currently the General Manager, Member Support and Optometry Advancement at Optometry Australia, the peak professional body representing and supporting optometrists in Australia. Throughout her career Skye has worked in policy and advocacy roles in peak not-for-profit organisations in the health sector.

Skye is passionate about the importance of ensuring access to health-promoting, and consumer-led, health care and has a particular interest in how health care, and related, systems can be structured to promote health across communities and to empower individuals in the health system.  

Skye is currently undertaking an MBA-Social Impact, and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts.

 

 
Piers Carozzi   BOptom FACO

Piers Carozzi studied optometry at the University of Melbourne, completing the course in 1993His first job was at the Australian College of Optometry, and he is still there today some 20 years later, where his role is the Head of Outreach & Community Services. As an optometrist his interest is in public health optometry, particularly for disadvantaged members of the community, including the homeless, aged, refugee background and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. In the rest of his life he is a husband, father, produces music and enjoys good food, books and travel.

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Angeline Ferdinand MPH

Angeline Ferdinand’s work has focused on developing research that is applicable to the challenging and complex social issues that perpetuate inequitable health outcomes. She has a keen interest in the health of marginalised populations, particularly Indigenous peoples and people from migrant backgrounds. Ms Ferdinand has obtained $1.18m in research funding. She has won numerous awards and scholarships, and her doctoral work has been funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship and the Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. Her doctoral research examines community participation in Indigenous health in Chile, Brazil and Australia with the aim of better understanding the factors that support or undermine participation in diverse contexts and exploring fruitful international knowledge exchange in this area.

 
Jennifer Gersbeck

Jennifer Gersbeck is Director of Global Partnerships and Advocacy at The Fred Hollows Foundation, and previously CEO of Vision 2020 Australia. Jennifer has been involved in a wide range of social marketing campaigns aimed at raising awareness, changing behaviour and influencing key decision makers. Jennifer has qualifications in Political Science and Business Marketing, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has worked extensively in the health and community services sector. 

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Annette Hoskin MBA BSc(Optom)

Annette is an optometrist with an in-depth understanding of compliance, innovation and standards for spectacle lenses, sunglasses, eye protection and wearable medical devices. She has experience drawing on innovation in early stage commercialisation projects working on validating concepts and developing market platforms.

Annette is Optometry Australia's representative on Standards Australia's committees for Eye Protection, Spectacle Lenses and Sunglasses, as well as the Australian representative on International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) committees TC94 and 172. She has lectured and presented at conferences internationally, and is currently undertaking a PhD on the incidence and epidemiology of eye injury prevention with Save Sight Institute and Lions Eye Institute.

 
Prof Erwin Loh  PhD MA MHSM MBBS LLB (Hons)

Professor Erwin Loh is national Chief Medical Officer and Group General Manager Clinical Governance for St Vincent's Health Australia. Prior to that he was the Chief Medical Officer of Monash Health, and before that he was Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. He is qualified in both medicine and law, with general and specialist registration as a medical practitioner (medical administration specialty), and is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia. He also has an MBA, Master of Health Service Management, and PhD in management.

He is Chair of the Victorian State Committee and Board Member of the Royal Australasian College of Administrators. He is adjunct Clinical Professor at Monash University, where he leads the Clinical Leadership and Management Unit at the Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation. He teaches and carries out research in health law, health management and clinical leadership. He has been an invited speaker at local and international conferences, published on health law, medical management, and health technology, and is a member of the Association of Professional Futurists, with an interest in medical futurology.

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Alicia Mathews   BBNSc PostGradDipPsych GradCertNutrition

Alicia Mathews - Diversity and Inclusion, Employee Experience & Change Management Specialist

Alicia has over 10 years’ experience working in diversity, inclusion and employee experience across a number of industries – finance and consulting, insurance, not for profit, manufacturing and telecommunications in both Australia and the UK.

Alicia has led large scale employee experience initiatives for top 20 ASX listed organisations, including designing workplace responses to family and domestic violence, change management program to personalise the work space for people with disability, and managed inclusive leadership/unconscious bias training programs for executives and senior leaders.

Alicia has degrees in Behavioural Neuroscience, Postgraduate Psychology and Nutrition from Monash University. Alicia is studying a Masters by Research degree through Monash University, on gender difference in retirement experiences. Alicia is completing an internship in the Gender, Equality and Disability Unit at the International Labour Organisation, a United Nations Agency. 

 
Prof Rob Moodie AM MPH DTMH DipRACOG MBBS

Rob Moodie is currently Deputy Head of School and Professor of Public Health at the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health (MSPGH), and Professor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. Prior to this he was the Director of Teaching and Learning at MSPGH, and before that was the inaugural Chair of Global Health at the Nossal Institute.

He was trained in medicine and public health and worked in refugee health care in the Sudan for Save the Children Fund and Medicins Sans Frontieres, and later for Congress, the Aboriginal Community controlled health service in Central Australia from 1982-1988. He was CEO of VicHealth from 1998-2007, the world’s first health promotion foundation based on a dedicated tobacco tax. From 2008-2011 he chaired the National Preventative Health Taskforce in Australia, which recommended the introduction of plain packaging. He now chairs the Gavi Vaccine Alliance’s Evaluation Advisory Committee, and advises the World Health Organization in the areas of Non Communicable Diseases and Health Promotion. He has particular interests in non–communicable diseases and HIV/AIDS and teaches a number of courses in Malawi, Melbourne and in Mozambique on public health leadership skills and health promotion.

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Michael Moore AM

Michael Moore AM is the former CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia and is the Immediate-Past President of the World Federation of Public Health Associations.  He is the chair of a number of health networks.  He is a Distinguished Fellow at The George Institute, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra and Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, was formerly a teacher and consultant and served four terms as an elected member of the ACT Legislative Assembly from 1989 to 2001.  Michael was Australia’s first independent Minister when he was appointed as Minister of Health and Community Care. In 2017 he was honoured by being made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).


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Prof Julie Simpson  PhD PGD BSc

Professor Simpson is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow (2016-20), Head of the Biostatistics Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, leader of the Biostatistics node of the Melbourne Clinical and Translational Science platform, course coordinator of the Master of Biostatistics, and chief investigator of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Biostatistics (ViCBiostat).

Prof. Simpson has 25 years’ experience working in biostatistics teaching and research

Positions; and has led and collaborated on many research projects (laboratory, clinical trials and large-scale population studies), illustrating her broad knowledge of study design and statistical methodology. 

Her primary area of research is the bridging of novel statistical and mathematical modellingapproaches to inform treatment policy for malaria and she has been an advisor to WHO, Medicines for Malaria Venture and the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network regarding dosing regimens for current and new antimalarial drugs. Her research has generated evidence that has led to revised dosing recommendations for antimalarial regimens and improved sampling designs for antimalarial pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic studies.

Her other main research interest is the application of complex statistical methods to answer important public health questions in longitudinal observational cohorts, in particular, the implementation of multiple imputation for handling missing data.

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Judith Stern  BOptom Grad Cert PH

Judith Stern is the Global Manager for Learning & Teaching at the Brien Holden Vision Institute and provides leadership in the global development of eye care courses and educational resources. Judith has been central to the development and delivery of the Myopia Management courses and the EyeTeach program for Optometry educators and other eye health professionals. Working with Brien Holden, she has been responsible for the development and delivery of the Public Health subject for the Masters of Optometry at the University of NSW (UNSW). 

Prior to this Judith worked as a Senior Research Optometrist at the Institute for Eye Research and in private Optometric practice in Sydney. Her research interests include: Evaluation and impact of eye health and educator training programs, factors that influence the workplace implementation of training and developing training models.

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Prof Hugh R Taylor AC  DO MD MBBS BMedSc

Laureate Professor Hugh Taylor is the Harold Mitchell Professor of Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne.  He was Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne and the Founding Director of the Centre for Eye Research Australia from 1990 to 2007.  Prior to that, he was a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore with joint appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and International Health.

Professor Taylor’s current work focuses on Aboriginal eye health.  He has led the efforts to eliminate trachoma in Australia and developed “The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision”, a blueprint to provide sustainable eye-care services to Indigenous Australians. He has worked with WHO in different roles for over 30 years.

He has written 36 books and reports and more than 700 scientific papers.   He has received multiple international awards and prizes and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.  In 2001, he was made a Companion in the Order of Australia. 

Professor Taylor is the Immediate Past President of the International Council of Ophthalmology and was Deputy Chairman of Vision 2020 Australia and Vice President of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.  He is also a Member of the Expert Advisory Panel of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.

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Dr Mandy Truong  PhD MPH BOptom GradCertOcTher

Mandy is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research and Methods, Australian National University and practising optometrist. She obtained her Bachelor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne and also has a Masters of Public Health. She received her PhD in public health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne in 2016. Her doctoral research involved a case study of organisational cultural competence in a community health setting, exploring client and staff perspectives of the impact of cultural background in health service utilisation and the utility of cultural competence organisational assessment. Her research interests include: cultural competence, racial/ethnic health inequities and health practitioner-patient communication.

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Dana Young   MPH BHNut

Dana Young is a Research Fellow with expertise in public health and community-based child health promotion, with a particular interest in promoting social inclusion for marginalised groups, working within the social determinants of health model to help facilitate behaviour change for health improvement at a population level. She has a strong interest in working in a participatory way for all relevant stakeholders to contribute to health improvements in the population and achieve sustainable change. She has equal interest and skill in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

She is also a PhD student studying the contextual factors that generate social capital for refugee and migrant background youth through sports participation, with a particular interest in examining the role of gender.  

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