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Board of Directors

All Optometry Queensland Northern Territory’s decisions are directed by our board. Our board consists of practising optometrists who are appointed by our members at the Annual General Meeting.

We take pride in our board which represents the diversity of our membership, and we intentionally appoint optometrists to the OQNT board so that our members can be assured that each decision is made based on the most beneficial outcome for them.

Additionally our board’s wide-ranging experience spans across working in metro and regional practice, remote and Indigenous care, teaching, business-ownership and working as an employee optometrist or franchisee. What they all have in common is a shared passion and vision for our profession, working tirelessly to ensure optometry in Queensland and the Northern Territory continues to prosper and our members are always looked after.

You can contact any director at any time to discuss Optometry Queensland Northern Territory business and to share ideas. Please email our office and we will happily forward your query to the most appropriate board member.

Vice-President

David Bradley

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Tel: (07) 3839 4411 Email: infoqld@optometryqldnt.org.au

Since qualifying as an optometrist in 1994, I have worked at all levels of corporate optometry in South Australia, Central Queensland, the ACT and the Northern Territory. For the past 15 years I have been in private practice in Brisbane. I have held a teaching position at the QUT School of Optometry and continue to train students on regular trips to remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. I have been a member of the Optometry Queensland National Territory board since 2009. As Public Health chair for OQNT I became involved in several eye health initiatives, including the IDEAS Van and the Smart Start Eye Program.

I have been OQNT's nominee on the national board of Optometry Australia since 2018. My goal on the national board is to try and improve communication between the state and national levels so that we are all working together to achieve the best outcomes for optometrists.

Treasurer

Graeme Wulfse

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Tel: (07) 3839 4411 Email: infoqld@optometryqldnt.org.au

Graduating in 2005 from QUT, Graeme has diversified his 14 years’ experience in the industry by working in both corporate and independent optometry. He is currently the founding director and principal optometrist of an independent practice established in 2007. Graeme is passionate about the future of independent optometry. This was recognised by the Provision Group who selected Graeme as one of 10 from 440 colleagues to support the future of independent optometry. Over the last four years, Graeme has made meaningful contributions, with many of his recommendations and philosophies being implemented and adopted by Provision. A keen interest for ensuring ongoing development of a symbiotic relationship with the corporate and independent sectors has led Graeme to become an OQNT board director in 2020.

Immediate Past President

Melinda Toomey

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Tel: (07) 3839 4411 Email: infoqld@optometryqldnt.org.au

Since graduating from QUT in 1993, Melinda’s career has been varied, practicing in the private practices, hospitals and in the corporate setting, in roles ranging from clinical, managerial and educator. Melinda has also been a Clinical supervisor at QUT at different times since 2000. Melinda has completed a post-graduate Master of Optometry, MBA, and Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics. Currently Melinda is a PhD candidate at UNSW where her research interests include eyecare delivery, glaucoma, dry eye and myopia control. A keen interest in advancing the profession of optometry through professional leadership, advocacy and clinical governance, led Melinda to become an OQNT board director in 2015 and President in 2017.

Director

Sarah Coudrey

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Tel: (07) 3839 4411 Email: infoqld@optometryqldnt.org.au

Sarah graduated from QUT in 2014 with a Bachelor of Vision Science (Distinction), and in 2016 with a Masters of Optometry. She was involved with the university as Qld Optometry Student Society social chair. Whilst studying her masters, she represented post-graduate students on the QUT University Learning and Teaching Committee. Her outreach work has included school screenings, Indigenous clinics in WA and volunteering in Mexico.

Sarah’s professional experience ranges from regional independent practice, to metropolitan clinical ophthalmology. These positions have sparked a passion for complex contact lenses and paediatric vision. Her role on the OQNT Board commenced in 2019 as the Early Career Optometry Chair. Leading up to this, in 2018, Sarah represented OQNT at the OA 2040 Vision Workshops and Centenary Celebrations in Melbourne and Canberra respectively.

Her goal as ECO Chair is to engage motivated young professionals to provide primary eye care with passion and confidence.

Director

Glenn Barltrop

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Glenn Barltrop graduated from the QUT Optometry school with honours in 2005. Shortly thereafter he completed his Masters in Neuro-developmental Optometry through UNSW. He was one of the very original Franchise owners within the Luxottica group, purchasing his first franchised Laubman & Pank store in 2009. Since then he has branched out to become a multi-site OPSM practice owner, with stores between Brisbane’s north side up to the Sunshine Coast. He was awarded the Luxottica National Franchisee of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and also sat as the QLD representative on the Luxottica Franchise Council for 5 years. Glenn has also spent time as clinical supervisor at the QUT Optometry clinic, along with working for one of Brisbane’s top corneal and cataract surgeons Dr Andrew Apel. Glenn has a special interest in all things Paediatric Optometry, and enjoys mentoring graduate optometrists in the early years of their career. He is also a mad keen Ironman triathlete and proud father to 4 children.

Director

Emily Henry

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Tel: (07) 3839 4411 Email: infoqld@optometryqldnt.org.au

Emily is a graduate of the QUT Master of Optometry in 2015, receiving a University medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Over the five years since graduation, she has practiced as a rural optometrist in Central Queensland, taking on a broad scope of general practice optometry. In October, 2019, Emily received the OQNT "Young Optometrist of the Year Award", which was rewarded as a reflection of dedication to the rural community and the optometry profession. As such, the rewards and challenges of rural practice are a high priority, and Emily is quite keen to be an advocate for those in similar situations.

Our Staff

Our small but dedicated team possess a wide range of skills and experience that ensures we are providing you with the highest level of support, guidance and access to services and events, in addition to forging and maintaining beneficial relationships with the Queensland and Northern Territory State Governments and other stakeholder decision-makers in the sector, including our colleagues at Optometry Australia and other states.