Executive Committee Member
Rodney Hodge was elected to Council in May 2018 and was elected President in August 2020. Rodney is an experienced optometrist who has worked in private practice, corporate practice and public health. He worked part time for over 20 years with North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia whilst running a private optometry practice. He has had a variety of experience in management and governance roles, including nine years on the WA division of the Council of Optometry. Rodney has an active interest in continuing education for optometrists. He has also served the community through local government (Councillor, City of Subiaco, 13 years) and a number of planning and land use committees in Perth. Rodney is now semi-retired, undertaking some locum optometry work mostly in rural and remote locations providing him with a greater understanding of the challenges of working in those regions.
Chair, Finance & Risk Committee
Chair, NVRI Board of Administration
Executive Committee Member
Denise Gronow was appointed as Honorary Treasurer and as Chair of the College’s Finance & Risk Committee in February 2017. Denise has been an independent member of the ACO’s Finance & Risk Committee since March 2014. She previously acted as an alternate director on ACO Council between August 2015 and January 2016. Denise is a qualified chartered accountant with significant experience working at a senior level in both the professional practice and banking sectors.
Executive Committee Member
Professor Linda Denehy is Head of the Melbourne School of Health Sciences and Professor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne, Australia, as well as joint head of Allied Health Research at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Linda has extensive teaching and learning experience at both under and post graduate level. Her research interests are in rehabilitation in critically ill patients, those with cancer, COPD and in perioperative medicine. Linda is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine where she is currently on a guidelines panel examining rehabilitation in ICU. She reviews for national and international competitive granting bodies and for several international scientific journals including, Lung Cancer, Intensive Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine and Thorax.
MScOptom BScOptom FACO
Mitchell Anjou AM has a long-standing connection to the ACO. A member since 1982, Mitchell served as the Clinic Director for nearly 20 years until 2010. He is currently employed at The University of Melbourne as an Academic Specialist and Senior Research Fellow and is the Deputy Director of Indigenous Eye Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Mitchell is co-author of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision, the policy framework nationally adopted to achieve equitable vision and eye care outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. He publishes, presents, advises and advocates in support of this work. Mitchell was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to optometry and public health in 2013 and an ACO Member Award for Outstanding Service in 2017.
SC BJuris LlB
John Chaney is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia having retired from the court in 2018. His judicial career spanned 14 years, during which time he sat as a judge of the District Court, Deputy President and then President of the State Administrative Tribunal of WA, and on the Supreme Court. Prior to his appointment as a judge, John practised as a barrister for 10 years during which time he was appointed Senior Counsel. Before going to the independent bar, he was for 14 years a partner in a major commercial law firm where he practised in the areas of commercial litigation, professional negligence and planning law. He served on the council of the Law Society of WA for 12 years and was president of that society in 1991. He has sat on several Law School advisory boards at universities in WA, and was an inaugural board member of the Australian Advocacy Institute for 15 years. He is a member of the recently established National Sports Tribunal. John is now engaged in practice as a private mediator and arbitrator.
BOptom (UniMelb), GradCertOcTher, LmusTCL
Sophie is an experienced optometrist who started her career in the Northern Territory. She has broad experience working in public health and corporate settings across metropolitan, rural and outback Australia. She has extensive experience working in ophthalmology teams and training nurses in East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Sophie studied her undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne and was amongst the first cohort of graduates to achieve the ACO Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. She is now the National Professional Services Advisor at Optometry Australia. She is passionate about public health and Indigenous eye health. She is devoted to empowering students and colleagues to improve their knowledge and skills so they can play a wider role in improving the health and wellbeing of our underprivileged communities locally and overseas.
BAppSc(Optom), PGCert OcTher
Tim Powell completed his undergraduate degree at QUT in Brisbane, and moved to
Tasmania on graduation. Tim has a strong history of working with local GP’s,
ophthalmologists, aged care providers and hospital based rehabilitation services. Tim has worked across independent, corporate and franchise optometry practices, being a partner in a large independent practice before becoming partner in a multi-site franchise optometry business which he sold in 2017. He is involved in optometry profession advocacy, and has extensive experience on state and national based boards. He has held positions on state and national Optometry Australia boards, was part of the inaugural allied health advisory committee to the Tasmanian Primary Health Network and the Optometry Australia Rural Optometry Group. Tim has a passion for rural and remote eye care, and is currently
undertaking a Graduate Certificate Course in Clinical Redesign through UTAS, which looks at how we can improve the patient experience and outcomes in our health system.
Chief Executive Officer
Director & Executive Committee Member
BSc (Hons), DipEd, MBA, GAICD
Maureen O’Keefe was appointed Chief Executive Office of the ACO in 2013. Maureen has held senior executive and board director positions across health, research and education sectors over the past 17 years, with a focus on transformation and growth of organisations to achieve long term sustainability. Previously Maureen was COO at Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research for 7 years during a period of major expansion, following an earlier career at the University of Melbourne in senior management and major project roles focussed on new initiatives. Maureen is currently Deputy Chair of Vision2020 Australia, a BioMelbourne Network Board Director, member of SA Govt Clinical Pathways committee, and previously appointed to Ministerial Health Consultative Committees – Victorian Cancer Agency and Victorian Clinical Trial Research Council.
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