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 a consultant at Fremantle Hospital and 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 Hessom Razavi completed his ophthalmology training in Western Australia, before undertaking two fellowships. He was the inaugural Lions Outback Fellow, providing outreach services to remote and Indigenous communities in WA. This was followed by a medical retina fellowship at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, and the Centre for Eye Research Australia. Prior to this, Dr Razavi completed a Masters of Public Health in Eye Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is developing a new ophthalmology service at St John of God Hospital in Midland, and is the unit coordinator for ophthalmology teaching at UWA.
Perth based Dr Michael Brown completed his Bachelor of Medicine at Newcastle University and The Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science at the University of Sydney. He completed his training in ophthalmology in Western Australia at Royal Perth Hospital, Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals. Michael also has a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Newcastle.
Queensland based Kristopher joins us with extensive experience in ophthalmic work across Australia and overseas and has volunteered on the Queensland IDEAs van. He developed and managed the Indigenous Health Unit in the Logan-Beaudesert Health Service District. He also developed the Deadly Ears Indigenous Hearing Health Program for Queensland, which has now been adopted as the National Indigenous Hearing Health Program by the Federal Government. Kristopher has participated on many committees and policy development groups and is a Board Director, Australian Indigenous Doctors Association of which he was a founding member the age of 18. Kristopher will be the first fully qualified Aboriginal ophthalmologist in Australia.
Mirna is our enthusiastic resident medical officer who joined the team in 2017 and continues with LOV for a second year. She studied medicine at the University of New South Wales; completing electives in Aerospace Medicine with NASA in Houston and Paediatric Ophthalmology at Harvard in Boston. Last year she was a resident at the Sydney Eye Hospital where she received the award for Junior Medical Officer of the year. In her spare time she likes to go on Clown Doctor trips with Dr Patch Adams. Mirna has a passion for tele-ophthalmology and is currently undertaking a Masters of Global ehealth at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Aisling joins the team as resident medical officer after working in the Emergency Department at Peel Health Campus. She completed her medical training at University College Dublin, Ireland, completing rotations in respiratory, orthopaedic, cardiology and paediatric placements before moving to Australia. She has worked at Fiona Stanley Hospital rotating around various specialities, including emergency medicine. Aisling participated in Ophthalmology Summer School 2017 at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, in London, July 2017.
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 visiting optometry service visits to the north west of Western Australia.
Kanchana is an enthusiastic and motivated accounting and administration specialist with extensive experience working at Lions Eye Institute, having previously held roles in the Finance Department. Kanchana is an Associate Member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants who joined Outback Vision looking to apply her enthusiasm, professionalism and thorough approach to support a versatile team. Kanchana is responsible for overseeing all our administrative functions, logistics, travel and scheduling.
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
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.
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Coordinator
Sinead joined Lions Outback Vision in June 2017, taking on the role of Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Coordinator.
After finishing her Biomedical Science and Optometry degree at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, she made the leap over to Western Australia in 2014. Sinead is passionate about providing access to eye care, where she has worked as a volunteer optometrist on a charitable clinic in rural New Zealand and also as part of a sustainability optometry clinic program in Rwanda, East Africa.
LOV Food Coordinator
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 also provides part-time administrative support in the LOV office.
Clinical Services Administrator
Rianda joined Lions Outback Vision in May 2016 with 16 years of experience in the ophthalmic industry with background as Practice Administrator/Manager. Her welcoming and professional manner working with people on all levels, along with her willingness to always help, makes her a valued member of our team. Rianda provides administrative support and looks after Telehealth, Perth clinics and Perth Surgery booking for both Public and Private lists.
Casual Administration Assistant
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 joins LOV 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 joins LOV 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.