Board of Directors

Orthoptics Australia Ltd (OA) is governed by a Board of Directors.

In 2020-2021, the Board consists of:

 

JANE SCHULLER

President

 

Jane Schuller, DipAppSc(Orth), MPH (Epi, Biostat), CO, GAICD

Jane Schuller graduated from Latrobe University with a Diploma of Applied Science (Orthoptics). She completed a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2001 from the University of Melbourne and later certified as a USA Orthoptist in 2008. She is also a graduate from Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jane has over 25 years’ experience in eye health care delivery. She gained international experience through past roles in large teaching eye hospitals and private ophthalmology practices in Singapore, Bangkok and the USA.

Since returning to Australia in 2014, Jane has been a Victorian Council Member, past Victorian Chair, a member of the Federal Council and on numerous sub-committees with Orthoptics Australia. She has a strong interest in governance and continuing professional development.

She continues to work at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Bayside Eye Specialists, Parkville Eye Specialists and Lasersight Victoria.

AMANDA FRENCH

Vice President &
NSW Branch Chair 

 

Amanda French, PhD, BAppSci (Orth) Hons 1M, GradCert (Higher Ed), AOBR

Dr Amanda French graduated as an orthoptist from the University of Sydney with first class honours and the university medal in 2007 and completed her PhD in 2013. From 2008 to 2014, she was an academic at the University of Sydney and part-time clinical orthoptist. She has been an academic in the Discipline of Orthoptics at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since its establishment in 2014 and in 2018 was promoted to senior lecturer.

Amanda’s research is in ophthalmic epidemiology and healthcare services, with a specific interest in paediatrics and neuro-ophthalmology. She has a number of publications in international journals and has presented at many national and international conferences. She has been the recipient of various awards including, the Emmie Russell Prize (2008, 2009, 2011).

Amanda has been an active member of Orthoptics Australia (OA), as NSW Secretary (2013-2014), NSW Councillor (2014-2020) and NSW Chair (2018-2020). She became a member of the OA Federal Council in 2018 and has been on the OA Conference Scientific Committee in 2015, 2019 and 2020.

JULIE BARBOUR

Finance Committee Member

 

 

Julie Barbour

Julie was born in Durban, South Africa, was educated on the North West Coast of Tasmania and is married with two children.

Julie completed her orthoptic training at the Lincoln Institute, School of Health Sciences in Melbourne, Victoria. Her special interests are Paediatric and Adult Strabismus. She conducts strabismus/neuro orthoptic clinics within 3 private practices. Julie is also Senior Orthoptist at the Launceston General Hospital Orthoptic Clinic. She also travels to regional and remote areas of Tasmania to conduct clinics.  Julie has participated in the research team for Strabismus Inheritance Study of Tasmania (SIST) and Glaucoma Inheritance Study of Tasmania (GIST).

Julie has held the positions in Orthoptics Australia as a Board Member of the Australian Orthoptic Board 2003-2020, State Councillor OAA 1988-2019, Federal Treasurer OAA 2008-2009, Federal Vice President OAA 2007-2008, Federal President OAA 2005-2006 and a Member of  International Orthoptic Association (IOA).

Julie has also been the recipient of both The Mary Wesson Award and the Zoran Georgievski Medal.

ALLANAH CRAMERI

VIC Branch Chair &
Continuing Education Committee Member

 

Allanah Crameri, Orthoptist  BHSc MOrth(Hons) AOBR

Allanah has been working as a full time orthoptist in Ballarat since 2014 and has a keen interest in paediatrics, diabetic retinopathy and keratoconus. 

In 2017 Allanah published her first journal article in the Australia Orthoptic Journal titled; Investigating the Effectiveness of an Orthoptist-Led Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Clinic. 

Allanah has previously been the OA public relations coordinator and on the Victorian Branch Committee.  In July 2019 Allanah became the OA Victorian Branch Chair.    She looks forward to working with the dedicated Victorian committee helping provide high quality continuing education opportunities and events to members.

Outside of work Allanah enjoys calisthenics, travelling and spending time in her home town of Ballarat where there is always something to do. 

LACHLAN KNIGHT

Membership Committee Chair

 

Lachlan Knight, BHSc, MOrth 

Lachlan graduated from La Trobe University in 2016 and moved to Adelaide to specialise in paediatric orthoptics. After practicing for 2 and a half years at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, he has just returned to study his PhD at Flinders University in the field of Childhood Glaucoma.  He is focusing on the genetics and clinical outcome of the disease and the psychosocial impact on the patient and their family. Whilst studying, he continues to practice across Adelaide in several public hospitals and private clinics, predominantly in the areas of strabismus, paediatrics and other clinical research.

Lachlan is a South Australian representative of Orthoptics Australia, and was a member of the Scientific and Continuing Education Committees for the 2018 Annual Orthoptics Conference held in Adelaide. He is also the Chair of Membership Committee. To give life some balance, Lachlan enjoys Cross Fit and cooking. 

LINDLEY LEONARD

Finance Committee Member

 

Lindley Leonard, B.App.Sci. Orthoptics (Hons) 

Lindley Leonard graduated from the University of Sydney in 2001 with first class honours. She has been working in the area of paediatrics since obtaining her qualification and is currently employed as a senior orthoptist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney.

Lindley has been an active member of the profession since graduation with representation on state and federal bodies of Orthoptics Australia, RANZCO Strabismus Society Council and The Agency of Clinical Innovation Orthoptic Standing Committee.

Lindley has presented at numerous national conferences and in 2006 and 2015 was awarded the OA Paediatric Orthoptic Award.

 

KAREN MILL

Finance Committee Chair

 

Karen Mill, BAppSci (Orthoptics) Hons, DOBA, MOA, AOBR

Karen completed her orthoptics degree with honours winning both the J Ringland Anderson and Diana Craig memorial prizes. She has extensive clinical experience in all areas of ophthalmology but has a special interest in paediatrics, strabismus and ocular motility.

She has been an associate lecturer and tutor at La Trobe University and an active member of Orthoptics Australia at both a state and federal level throughout her career. She has served on the Victorian Branch Executive Committee (1994 – 1998, 2002 – Present) and has been a Victorian State Representative on Federal Council (1995 – 1997, 2006 – Present). She acted as the Federal Sponsorship & Advertising Manager (2006 – 2013) and is currently serving as Federal Treasurer (2010 – Present). She has been involved in organizing a variety of state branch workshops and scientific meetings as well as the Federal Conference. She was on the Conference Organising Committee (2008), Conference Scientific Committee (2012) and was joint Conference Convener (2016).

 

FAREN WILLETT

Continuing Education Committee Member

 

Faren Willett, BSc MOrth

Faren graduated from La Trobe University in 2014 and moved to Sydney to begin her career in a diverse private ophthalmology clinic giving her clinical skills across all the ophthalmology subspecialties and experience managing a clinic. After almost 3 years she moved up to the sunshine state to work full time at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. She loves working in paediatrics and the challenges and surprises that each day brings.

Faren began her time with Orthoptics Australia as a Queensland State Representative before moving forward with the development of the board. She is very interested in personal and professional development and therefore is an enthusiastic member of the Continuing Education Committee and is the Conference Convenor for the OA 2021 Annual Conference.

 

 

Company Secretary, Elaine Trevaskis - Association Professionals