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.
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 engaging in 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
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.
Matthew studied medicine at Monash University and has since completed a wide variety of medical and surgical rotations at the Alfred Hospital and Royal Melbourne Hospital, including a term as unaccredited ophthalmology registrar. Matthew has also recently been to Papua New Guinea on a surgical ship that delivered ophthalmic care and performed cataract and pterygium surgeries on villagers. His research interests include artificial intelligence and its use in ophthalmology; he spent a year with IBM as a research intern where he helped to develop predictive and diagnostic algorithms. His passion for teaching is evident through his previous roles of anatomy demonstrator and clinical bedside tutor at Monash University, as well as his current enrollment in a Masters of Clinical Education (University of Edinburgh). Matthew hopes to use his skills and interest in ophthalmology, artificial intelligence and education to contribute positively to Lions Outback Vision and its patients.
Mark is one of our enthusiastic new doctors joining the Vision Van team for 2019. He completed his medical training at the University of Western Australia in 2016, and has spent the last 2 years as a junior doctor based at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He is passionate about rural and remote healthcare delivery, having lived and worked in Karratha, Carnarvon, and Geraldton. Mark has completed ophthalmology electives at Tilganga Eye Hospital (Nepal), Lions Eye Institute, and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. He is currently studying a Masters of Medicine through the University of Sydney.
Louis studied medicine at the University of Tasmania before moving to Perth in 2016, where he completed his internship and first-year residency at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. In 2018 he worked as an HMO at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, before relocating back to Perth in 2019 to work for Lions Outback Vision. Louis is currently studying a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) through the University of Sydney, and has recently submitted his treatise for assessment; which he completed under the supervision of Professor David Mackey at the Lions Eye Institute. Having grown up in Tasmania, Louis is passionate about rural, remote and Indigenous health and has previously spent time as a medical student in the remote Northern Territory through the John Flynn Placement Program. In his spare time he enjoys playing electric guitar.
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.
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 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.