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.
Fred Hollows Ophthalmology Fellow (Broome)
Dr Yachana completed her medical training at Sikkim Manipal University and trained in Ophthalmology at Coimbatore, India. She did a fellowship in Cornea and worked as a Medical Officer in Cornea Services at Aravind Eye Hospital, India. Yachana has also done a clinical observership at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital under Professor Graham Barrett and worked with him on clinical and research projects during that period. She has recently completed a Pediatric Ophthalmology fellowship at Perth Children’s Hospital.
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.
Resident Medical Officer (Broome)
Seb is proud West Australian and new father. Growing up in the Goldfields and later living internationally, he has always been a strong advocate for community health. His studies have included a Bachelor degree in Nursing, Certificates in Teaching and a Medical Doctorate with distinction from the University of Notre Dame Australia. It was during medical school that he discovered a passion for ophthalmology. This was further developed through research with Lions Outback Vision and clinical work with the East Metropolitan Health Service. The opportunity to combine his passion for eye care with service delivery to the people of rural and remote WA was a perfect fit for Outback Vision.
Resident Medical Officer
Since finishing medicine at the University of Sydney, Matt has completed a variety of medical and surgical terms in NSW and WA, including ophthalmology at Fremantle Hospital. He is thrilled to be doing rural medicine with LOV having previously worked in Albany, Brewarrina and Bourke as well as attending the School of Rural Health in Orange during medical school. Matt has also volunteered in Indigenous health since 2014 with the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. In 2019, he worked at the CSIRO doing full-time research on artificial intelligence algorithms used in diabetic retinopathy screening and is currently writing his thesis for his Masters of Research (USyd). He is passionate about teaching and continues to tutor UWA and UND medical students in ophthalmology. Outside of medicine, Matt likes to keep busy with ocean swimming and swam the English Channel last year.
Resident Medical Officer
Michelle was born and raised in Hong Kong then attended medical school at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Since graduation, Michelle has been very active in both teaching and research. She was the associated clinical lecturer for UNSW and regularly held bedside tutorials for medical students. She has also completed a Master of Medicine (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Sydney, which further developed her research skills. Her first exposure to rural health was during her internship and residency in Wagga Wagga, where her interest in rural health grew. Additionally, she always had a strong passion for health promotion and volunteer work. She travelled to Nepal as a plastic surgical assistant post-earthquake with Open Hearth International to help patients regain function post-burn and also assisted in teaching locals first aid management for burns. Furthermore, she has been a volunteer for Vision Australia since medical school and was the leader in organising a Dinner in the Dark fundraising event in Sydney. Outside of medicine, Michelle enjoys oil painting and exploring new cultures through travel.
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. The aim is to support Lions Outback Vision to improve access to eye care for Aboriginal patients through improved access to services, attendance at consultations, pathways to treatment, referrals and follow up care. Kerry liaises closely with the visiting optometry program, outreach ophthalmology services, regional eye health coordinators and support Aboriginal patient’s access to Perth based eye clinics. She is often the first point of contact for Indigenous patients who travel to Perth from regional and remote WA.
Outreach Services Coordinator
Courtney joined LOV in 2018 with previous experience at the Lions Eye Institute in bookings and patient support for the Corneal specialists there. Courtney spent her schooling years in Broome, where she started her role as an Optical Dispenser at the local Optometrist, this is where she was first introduced to LOV back in 2012. She would go on to work in Optometry for the next 6 years, including working in central London and managing a store in Perth. Courtney is passionate about Indigenous health services and ensuring all Australians have equal access to healthcare, having lived in the Kimberley for 12 years, Courtney has seen firsthand the inequities that rural and remote citizens face due to location. She hopes to combine her customer service skills and knowledge of eye health services to ensure high quality services are delivered to the rural and remote areas of Western Australia.
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.