Lions Outback Vision has a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate about improving the eye health of rural and remote Australians and committed to making eye health care services available irrespective of where they may live.
McCusker Director, Lions Outback Vision
Dr Angus Turner is a Western Australian ophthalmologist based at the Lions Eye Institute. He completed medical training at the University of Western Australia (UWA), before studying at Oxford University and completing a Masters of Evidence Based Medicine. Ophthalmology training was undertaken in Melbourne, followed by post-graduate training at University of Sydney in refractive surgical procedures.
As Director of Outback Vision, Dr Turner is actively involved in the delivery of specialist outreach services to remote and Indigenous communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Goldfields, Great Southern, and South West regions.
Dr Turner is an Associate Professor at UWA, where he is engaged in a number of research projects at the Lions Eye Institute, focusing on service delivery for remote and Indigenous people. Dr Turner is also an ophthalmology teacher for the Rural Clinical School.
Christine joined Lions Outback Vision in June 2016 after holding executive roles in the not-for profit sector since 2010. She has also has held senior executive roles in the mining industry – the last being Vice President for health safety environment and community at BHP Billiton Nickel West. Her many years’ experience within the mining industry include senior management roles in health, safety, community and sustainable development. She brings a background in strategic planning and business development, contract management and operational development and has implemented community and health programs in regional and remote communities as well as prisons and community centres. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education, starting her working life as a secondary school teacher at Guildford Grammar School. She has lived and worked in regional communities in Western Australia and Queensland.
Dr Vaibhav Shah completed his medical degree at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in India. He completed his ophthalmology training and a vitreo-retina fellowship at Aravind Eye Hospital in Coimbatore, India. During his residency he was responsible for teaching post-graduate students and Fellows in the department. Vaibhav trained as a Vitreo Retina Fellow in in at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital under Professor Ian Constable from January 2017 to December 2018.
Fred Hollows Ophthalmology Fellow
Dr Chew hails from a remote background, having grown up in Newman, Western Australia, a town he continued to work in during his medical school training at the University of Western Australia. He sought to broaden his experience in Ophthalmology by undertaking a 2 year position in Dubbo and Orange, New South Wales, followed by further clinical experience and research at the Sydney Retina Clinic and Day Surgery. He completed a Masters of Philosophy at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Associate Professor Andrew Chang, with his thesis centered on the long term treatment outcomes of macular degeneration. Dr Chew has a keen interest in providing eye care in developing countries, and has traveled to Papua New Guinea on several occasions as part of a visiting ophthalmic team, working with the local ophthalmologists in remote regions including the Western Highlands. His role with Lions Outback Vision is aligned with his long-standing passion in rural and remote health.
Dr Rachael Heath Jeffery completed her medical studies (MChD with distinction) at the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT. Prior to this, she attained a BAppSc (Optometry) (honours) at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane QLD, before working as an optometrist for a short time, primarily in Melbourne, VIC. She has also completed a Master of Public Health (MPH with distinction) and is currently undertaking a Master of Clinical Epidemiology through the University of Newcastle, NSW. Rachael has more recently worked as a clinical research fellow in ocular genetics at the Lions Eye Institute and Royal Perth Hospital in Perth, WA. She has a particular interest in inherited retinal diseases, clinical education and clinical trials. In 2021, through her work with Lions Outback Vision, Rachael has been given the opportunity, to combine her passion for ophthalmology with her support for equity in health care in Aboriginal populations living in remote areas.
Resident Medical Officer
Dr Jessie Channell completed her medical studies at the University of Western Australia. She previously completed a BSc (honours) at the University of Newcastle, before embarking on a short-lived geology career based out of Germany, and then Perth. She is currently completing a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) through the University of Sydney. She is passionate about rural health, having grown up in regional and remote NSW and is thrilled to be a part of the vital work that Lions Outback Vision delivers. She continues to pursue her research interests, having recently been awarded a CSTAN grant as part of an Australia-wide research team looking to use digital technology to enhance the learning of ophthalmology by Australian medical students. Jessie enjoys dining out, the best of the WA arts, keeping fit with aerial acrobatics and cuddles on the couch with her adorable rescue dog Louie. Along with her husband, she is excited to welcome her first child this year.
Resident Medical Officer
Randolph is a junior doctor with a keen interest in ophthalmology, and an ambition to provide quality health care to patients in his community. He was born in Perth, and after spending his childhood travelling around rural Western Australia, he completed a Bachelor of Medical Science and his Medical Doctorate (MD) at The University of Western Australia. It was early in medical school that Randolph developed his passion for eye health and felt drawn to rural and remote work, and his later studies and early career included placements across Perth and in Bunbury, Geraldton and Albany. In his spare time, Randolph enjoys playing guitar and hiking with friends.
Stephen is an optometrist who completed his degree at the Queensland University of Technology. He has worked as a clinical optometrist in country NSW, QLD, the Top End and the Kimberley. Stephen joined Lions Outback Vision in early 2014 in the role of a part-time Research Fellow working in the areas of telehealth and outreach service delivery. He also organises and delivers visiting optometry service visits to the north west of Western Australia.
Practice Manager (Broome)
Amy is originally from rural South Australia, a descendent of the Kaurna people and has dedicated the past 20 years of her career in Indigenous health as a Registered Nurse. Initially only coming to the Kimberley for three months she has now permanently relocated having fallen in love with the expansive skies and ancient coast. She has done a number of different management roles as well as specialising in emergency nursing and Remote Area Nursing. She is also a trained yoga teacher and used to own a studio in the Adelaide Hills. She now fills her spare time with daily beach walks, tennis and belly dancing. She is delighted and humbled to be working for Lions Outback Vision and very excited for the new North West Hub.
Visiting Optometry Services Coordinator
Helen has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine from James Cook University in Queensland. She lived and worked in the Kimberley for 20 years, and has been involved in the Northwest Eye Program since 2009. She now coordinates the Visiting Optometry Services program to the Pilbara and Kimberley, including running a low cost spectacle program to remote communities across the North of Western Australia.
Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinator (Broome)
Kerry has been working in various roles in Aboriginal health for the past 25 years. She started working from the ground up into management, overseeing staff and implementing and evaluating community health programs. Kerry joined the team in November 2016 and is involved in assisting with the organisation, coordination and delivery of eye clinics to Aboriginal patients provided by Lions Outback Vision. Kerry has now relocated to Broome as part of the North West Hub team and will be supporting Aboriginal patients across the Kimberley and Pilbara to get the best outcomes for their eye health.
Aboriginal Eye Health Coordinator (Perth and Goldfields)
Elizabeth is a Whadjuk/Ballardong Noongar who has been working in health for 20 years. She is a qualified nurse and primary health care worker. Amongst her previous roles she has worked with Aboriginal medical services in clinic and program coordination and with the East Metropolitan Health Service in a Senior Aboriginal Health Liaison role. Elizabeth is passionate about improving chronic disease in her Aboriginal community and will be focusing on supporting Aboriginal patients in metropolitan clinics and across the Goldfields.
LOV Food Coordinator (Broome)
Ceire is a qualified chef and teacher who takes her inspiration for educating people about healthy food choices from her time working as a trainee chef with Jamie Oliver. Ceire has introduced the LOV Food Program, a fun and interactive approach to teach students about the relationship between eye health, diabetes (good and bad sugars) and the foods we eat whilst providing practical cooking tips for easy, healthy meals. She travels with the vision van inspiring students to eat healthy and raise the awareness around diabetes and eye health. Ceire is currently on maternity leave but hopes to rejoin the team in mid 2019.
LOV Clinic Administrator
Louise is an experienced administrator who has worked in the mining, education, health and accounting sector. She lists her personal achievements as establishing a women’s karate class aimed at confidence building and goal setting for individuals; volunteering in a Mongolian orphanage to support children to learn English and develop trusting relationships and spending 4 years living in Mongolia, learning the language, developing relationships with local woman, embracing the culture and assimilating into local Mongolian life by living outside of the ex-pat community.
Vision Van Operator
Paul joined LOV in 2018 as an experienced heavy vehicle driver and qualified electrical tradesman who has lived and worked in the Kimberley region of WA. He has licences to operate a range of heavy machinery as well as holding roles looking after truck driver logistics, lecturing in his trade and running his own business. Paul also brings unique skills having been a sanctuary manager in the West Kimberley, a role that involved transporting goods and tourists to remote locations as well as supervising resident traditional owners in land management activities.
Vision Van Operator
Peter joined LOV in 2018 with over 30 years’ experience in the transport industry. He has an impeccable safety and driving record, and has travelled extensively, experiencing a wide range of both road and weather conditions across the State and mainland Australia. Peter’s experience includes driving in the Fuel and Lubricants Industry, driving in warehouse environments and handling of dangerous goods. He is the recipient of a 20‐years’ continual service recognition award from Caltex Energy.