Optometry NSW/ACT is governed by a Council of members who are elected by the general membership around October each year. As the organisation is a company Limited by Guarantee, the Councillors are in reality Directors of the company, with all the normal obligations of company directors.
Within the Council, there are executive positions which are also directly elected by the membership.
Luke graduated from UNSW with a B. Optom in 1981. He practiced as a consulting optometrist in three states of Australia and held a range of optometric leadership and management positions. He served for nine years as a councillor with the West Australian Optometric Association and eight years as a member of the Optometrists Registration Board of Western Australia.
Luke also held the position of National Chairman of Optometry Aid Overseas for 13 years. He is passionate about the pivotal role optometry plays in primary health care and eager to promote the profession more broadly within the allied health community.
Narelle is currently a full scope independent optometrist working in the CBD where she has been for the last 17 years. Narelle is also a clinical supervisor for UNSW and immediate national past president of the CCLSA.
Narelle strongly supports the continuing professional development of optometrists’ clinical and business skills post-graduation to maintain both our autonomy and also a high standard of eyecare with a fair rate of remuneration for our skills.
In these times of change, Narelle is concerned that optometrists, through the efforts of Optometry New South Wales/ACT, are aware of the issues and opportunities confronting them and that they proactively join Optometry New South Wales/ACT initiatives that support them and promote their professional advancement.
Immediate Past President
Christine graduated from the School of Optometry, University of New South Wales, with First Class Honours. She gained Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry in 1998.
Christine has owned her independent optometry practice in Sydney since 1987 and has a large contact lens patient base. She had worked in a variety of clinical practices and within a hospital clinic before setting up as an independent. Christine joined ProVision, (or AIO) as it was known back then, in the late eighties.
Christine was the Chairman of the NSW Optometrists Registration Board. She was a key figure in gaining State Government therapeutic recognition of optometrists in NSW, especially in glaucoma co-management. Christine is Vice Chairman of the Board of ProVision, an optometry business services company serving over 370 independent optometry practice owners throughout Australia.
Christine was awarded the Josef Lederer Award for Excellence in Optometry in 2000 by the OAA (NSW/ACT Division).
In her spare time Christine is a licensed Avatar master delivering a personal development course in a number of countries. She enjoys the theatre, arts and French cooking.
Carina graduated from UNSW with Class 1 Honours in 2011. Her passion for optometry stems from her university days whereby she was touched by the love, beauty, and dedication of fellow students who she felt deserved to have a satisfying and rewarding career. She believes that an empowered optometry workforce will deliver optimal eyecare through Australia.
She identifies herself as an optometrist from Dresden Optics where she fiercely agrees with their ethos, and also thoroughly enjoys and finds meaning through working with various organisations. Her clinical experience spans from regional work in Dubbo, outreach services across small towns in Western NSW, Aboriginal clinics in the Northern Territory, school screenings in Sydney, outreach work in the Himalayas, myopia and contact lens focused practice in Sydney.
She is a Founding Member of Eyes4Everest (since 2014), former Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT Chair (2015-17, also Treasurer 2012-15), former Councillor of Optometry NSW/ACT (2016-18), she organises Wellness Retreats for optometrists and friends, and has recently joined her Dad in developing and importing quality South-East Asian food products into Australia. She is an absolute lover of people, nature, and food.
Steve is a Past-President of the NSW OAA, and he has served on various committees for many years. He is also a Past-President of the Contact Lens Society of Australia, and has been involved with many professional organisations in Australia and the USA.
Steve is the Optometry Services Manager at Vision Eye Institute in Sydney. From 1995 to 2012 he was an Optometric Adviser to Medicare Australia. Previously, Steve was Director of Clinical Research at Bausch and Lomb’s Contact Lens Division in the USA, and later he was Professor of Clinical Optometry at UNSW where he directed the Master of Optometry program.
His research interests and lectures have dealt with the physiology, pathology, and photography of the anterior eye, particularly in relation to contact lens wear and refractive surgery. He has lectured in many countries around the world.
Jules is currently working as Engagement Manager for Evoenergy in the ACT. She has been a practicing optometrist for over 20 years in a range of practice settings, and has worked as Clinical Policy Adviser for OA for 5 years. Jules has supported Optometry Australia as a Council member for Victoria and NSW/ACT previously.
Jules is also an audio describer for Vision Australia.
Peter Herse graduated from QIT in 1979. After practicing as an optometrist in Queensland and Kenya, he completed a PhD in optometry at the University of Houston USA. He held academic positions at universities in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia for 30 years with his last position as Senior Lecturer in optometry at UNSW. He then moved to the corporate world as Academic Director in OPSM. In 2016 he cut back to work as a part time clinical optometrist in Newtown Sydney.
Margaret Lam graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2001. She started theeyecarecompany in 2005, a small group of successful independent optometry practices that focus on professional eyecare across locations in greater Sydney and Sydney CBD. She practices full scope optometry, but with a passionate interest in all aspects of contact lenses, retail aspects of optometry and successful patient communication. She has extensive experience in specialty contact lens fitting including corneal ectasia, keratoconus and orthokeratology, and has been a past recipient of the Neville Fulthorpe Award for Clinical Excellence.
Her experience includes working in independent practices, as a locum optometrist, in chain practices and corporate multinational optometry practices, and she enjoys her work mentoring optometry students in optometric practice and specialty contact lens fitting. Margaret is also a visiting lecturer that teaches part of the Undergraduate degree for Optometry and the Postgraduate Masters degree in Advanced Contact Lenses for the University of New South Wales, on topics covering aspects of optometric practice, specialty contact lenses, and optometry in its role working with other heathcare professionals. Margaret also works in several advisory roles with leading contact lens companies, and is a regular columnist for the optometry trade journal mivision and writes for Australian Optometry.
She currently serves as the State President of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia for NSW, the Optometry Board of Councillors for Optometry Australia in NSW/ACT division, and is also an extensive public speaker on topics spanning business building, retail aspects of optometry, contact lenses, specialty contact lenses, and patient communication.
Tony graduated from UNSW in 1974. He practiced in Sydney and the UK prior to returning to rural NSW, where he has set up a group of practices in and around the Riverina with business partner Phil Wells.
Tony has been a member of the NSW/ACT Division Council since 1990 and was President from 1993-1996. Tony was also National Councillor from 1998 to 2008. Tony received Life Membership of the Division in 2009.
Tony was involved in many of the negotiations leading to the proclamation of the current NSW Optometrists Act in 2002.
He would like to see the profession develop further and enhance the scope and standard of service while maintaining our core services. Having been involved in many committees of the Association, Tony is aware of the need to represent all members of the profession.
Katrina has been employed as an optometrist, practised as a locum optometrist, and at present owns and manages an independent optometry practice in Sydney and supervises at UNSW. Katrina has been on the NSW/ACT Division Council for 4 years and is a member of ACBO. Katrina is passionate about our profession and enjoys every aspect of it. She is especially concerned about the future of independent optometrists and would very much like to get others involved in progressing optometry.
Katrina is keen to open up the profession to the community and share with them the diversity of optometry and our role as primary eyecare providers.
Councillor & Head of School
Fiona was appointed Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of New South Wales in 2007 and she also acts as Senior Research Associate at the Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of New South Wales. She has been a member of Council since 2004 with a particular interest in therapeutics, contact lenses and helping to develop the next generation of optometrists. She was trained in the UK and has worked mainly in hospital and private practice and later in academia. Her current clinical interests are in contact lens practice and therapeutics.
Fiona is passionate about her research in the area of contact lens related disease and ocular surface and has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers. Other contributions include 15 book chapters and 1 book. She has also presented over 300 abstracts at national and international conferences. She has received several awards for both her research and for her contribution to postgraduate research education. In the last 5 years, these have included; the Ian Frazer Cup for the best clinical research, College of Ophthalmologists, UK, 2007; the University of New South Wales Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence (Postgraduate Research Supervision), 2008; British Contact Lens Association Dallos Award (with Nicole Carnt), 2009; University of Houston College of Optometry Award for Distinguished Research on Cornea and Contact Lenses, 2011; British Contact Lens Association Pioneers award, 2012 and the American Optometric Foundation Max Shapero Award, 2012.
Outside of work, Fiona has an 8 year old daughter and enjoys running, albeit very slowly.
Angelica Ly is integrated care co-ordinator, principal staff optometrist and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Eye Health and UNSW Sydney. She has a passion for clinical care using imaging, evidence based practice, ocular disease and clinical research. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics from UNSW Sydney.
Angelica has a strong interest in improving the standard of health care delivery through collaborative care. This is reflected in her research publications and education efforts, which have covered: intermediate-tier eye-care delivery, practise patterns, measurements of clinical practice and referral pathways. She is also a current clinical council member of the Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Network.
Margaret graduated from the School of Optometry UNSW with First Class Honours in 2012, and was also awarded the Australian College of Optometry Outstanding Graduate Award. In her early career she first moved to Tamworth to practice full-scope optometry, with a special focus on ocular disease co-management, working with local ophthalmologists to provide much needed services to rural communities. After moving back to Sydney, she has also developed a passion for children's vision and myopia control. Margaret currently works in Surry Hills and Dee Why.
Margaret believes in strengthening the profession by broadening the scope of optometry, and most importantly, always providing the best patient care. She also volunteers with YWAM Medical Ships to provide eyecare to remote Papua New Guinea.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys travelling and stand-up paddleboarding.