MEET THE TEAM

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.

Associate Professor Dr Angus Turner

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.

“ It is a wonderful thing to be a part of this great tradition – the first mass screening programs for glaucoma by the Lions Eye Institute began in the 1960s – and it is exciting to see what can be achieved with technology in protecting the eye health of some of our most vulnerable citizens. ”

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Dr Josephine Muir

LOV Research Manager

Josephine joined Lions Outback Vision in July 2014. She successfully drove the Lions Outback Vision Van campaign – the $5 million mobile eye health clinic launched in 2016. Josephine has overall carriage of the Unit’s research, managing projects from infancy to publication. Josephine holds a PhD (Public Policy) from the University of Melbourne and retains an avid interest in political communications. In her former life, she was the Chief of Staff to former Communications Minister Senator the Hon. Helen Coonan. When not at Lions Outback Vision, Josephine is the Associate Director of the Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases.

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Christine Stott

LOV Manager

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.

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Stephen Copeland

Optometrist

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.

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Dr Hessom Razavi

Research Fellow

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.

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Dr Rhuju Mehta

Fellow

Dr Rhuju Mehta has recently moved back to WA after completing her ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. Having grown up in Karratha, Rhuju is passionate about rural and remote eye health. Her role at Lions Outback Vision is to assist Dr Angus Turner with providing eye health services to regional and remote areas throughout Western Australia.

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Dr Steve Bartnik

Resident

Dr Steve Bartnik joined Lions Outback Vision at the beginning of 2017 after completing his medical degree at The University of Sydney and his internship and residency at Gosford Hospital on the NSW Central Coast. Steve has also completed a Bachelor of Science and is working towards the completion of a Masters of Medicine focussing on clinical epidemiology. Steve has an interest in epidemiology, telehealth and rural outreach and in addition to being a member of the clinical team will be continuing research projects in these areas. Outside of work Steve enjoys sports, in particular running and AFL.

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Dr Mirna Hunter

Resident

Mirna is our enthusiastic new resident medical officer from the East Coast. 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.

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Julie Maiolo

Clinical Service Coordinator

Julie joined Lions Outback Vision in early 2013. As an outgoing and client focussed Executive Assistant/Services and Administration Manager, Julie coordinates the smooth running of Lions Outback Vision (LOV) Clinics, LOV’s ophthalmology outreach clinics and provides service support and administrative logistics for the LOV Van and programs. She comes with 20 years of administration, management and client support in multi-industry environments.

Helen Wright

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.

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Sharon Brown

LOV Van Driver/Coordinator

Sharon joined Lions Outback Vision in early 2016 as driver, ophthalmic nurse and daily coordinator of the Lions Outback Vision Van (LOVV). Having spent ten years as a Motor Transport Driver in the Royal Australian Air Force she obtained licenses for anything that has wheels or tracks (think tanks, cranes and road trains)! After leaving the RAAF she spent a lot of time in rural and remote locations of Western Australia as a paramedic and community or theatre nurse and has recently graduated as an ophthalmic nurse. Through her experience in living and working in remote communities she knows how important it is to receive quality health care close to home and believes that the Vison Van will make an incredible impact on eye health. She is delighted to find such a unique role where she can combine all of her work experience, her post graduate OHSW skills and her love of driving ‘big rigs’. Her role is varied and provides daily challenges (and that’s just the way she likes it).

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Kerry Woods

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.

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Sinead Denny

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.

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Rianda Kock

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.

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