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Research Biography

As a clinician academic, my broad areas of interest include ophthalmology, vision sciences, eye health research and university teaching and supervision. The primary outcomes of my research interests are to prevent blinding eye diseases that are common in Australia among vulnerable populations. Passionate about addressing the existing eye health inequities among Indigenous Australians, rural populations and those suffering from disadvantages. I am also interested in initiating and reporting on epidemiological eye health studies in low-to-middle-income countries and other under-resourced regions or socioeconomically deprived populations.

The current research portfolio includes understanding the epidemiology, sociodemographic, biological, genetic and epigenetic aspects of blinding eye diseases relevant to Indigenous Australians and, ultimately, how we can find better ways to screen and prevent blindness. My areas of research expertise embrace vision-related functional outcomes and biological and socioeconomic markers of diabetic retinopathy through large-scale population-based eye studies that include comprehensively phenotyped cohorts and advanced imaging techniques. Other areas of research expertise include cataract morphology, glaucoma assessments in optometry practice, and contrast sensitivity and visual function testing.

Qualifications

PhD

Graduate Certificate in Public Health for Optometry

Masters of Optometry

Bachelor of Medical Science

Honours, awards and grants

Diabetes Australia Research Program. ‘Developing genomic predictors for diabetic retinopathy'. Role: Chief investigator

NHMRC Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Indigenous Health Research Grants. ‘Aboriginal Community-Led Diabetic Retinopathy Prevention: An Innovative Model of Eye Care for Understanding Risk and Early Detection'. Role: Chief investigator

The Macular Disease Foundation Research Grants. ‘Defining the Risk and Epidemiology of Aboriginal Australian Macular Disease: The DREAM Project'. Role: Chief investigator

Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand Bursary for the Indigenous Eye Health Conference in Darwin

Channel 7’s Rural Health Award – Presented by Rural Doctors Workforce Agency

NHMRC Dora Lush Postgraduate Research Scholarship

The Rural Doctors Workforce Agency (RDWA) Health Workforce Scholarship

The Hospital Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship

Optometry Australia Bursary for the Indigenous Eye Health Conference in Alice Springs
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Travel Grant in Canada
Services for Australian Remote and Rural Allied Health (SARRAH) Scholarship
Flinders University Clinical Excellence in Optometry Award
Australian College of Optometry (ACO) most Outstanding National Graduate Award

Key responsibilities

Topic coordinator

Clinical Optometry at Health2Go

Outreach Optometrist

Lecturer in various optometry topics

Research supervision

Research Areas

  • Indigenous studies
  • Clinical
  • Digital health
  • Public health
  • Rural and remote health

Supervisory Interests

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Optometry
  • Eye diseases
  • Eyecare delivery

Keywords

  • RE Ophthalmology
  • QP Physiology

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