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.

LOUISE BRENNAN

Awards & Membership Committees Member

 

Louise Brennan, B App Sc Orth (Hons)

Louise graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthoptics with Honours in 1994. She is a member of Orthoptics Australia and was part of the Scientific Committee for the OA Annual Scientific Conference in 2014 and 2018.

She is a Senior Clinical Orthoptist at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she has enjoyed working in Paediatric Orthoptics and Ophthalmology since graduation. During her time at CHW she has also undertaken other roles involving herself in vision surveillance, paediatric low vision, private practice and the clinical education of Orthoptic Students, Nurses and Junior Medical Officers.  

Louise is a Clinical Associate lecturer for Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney. She has published research in journals and has presented at various scientific meetings nationally. Louise was awarded the Paediatric Orthoptic Award at the Orthoptics Australia 70th Annual Scientific conference in 2013.

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NABILL JACOB

 

Nabill Jacob, DOBA; BAppSc-Orthoptics(Syd), MCommHlth(Syd), MIP(ACHSM)

Nabill is the Clinical Relationship Manager at Vision Australia.  Mr Jacob has held the posts of senior orthoptist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney, corneal transplant coordinator at the Save Sight Institute and worked in private ophthalmic practices in Sydney. Internationally he held the post of orthoptist at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre. Mr Jacob has also spent several years consulting on health projects in the Middle East and Asia.

His interests lie in the advancement of services and clinical understanding in the area of low vision and blindness. Mr Jacob conducts accredited CPD sessions on low vision and blindness for medical, clinical and allied health professionals. He has also published low vision case studies in medical and optical journals. Mr Jacob is currently on the steering committee of the NSW Health Department’s Agency for Clinical Innovation (Ophthalmology Network) on a blindness and low vision project within NSW.

CATHERINE MANCUSO

Finance Committee Member

 

Catherine Mancuso, BOrth, GradCertHlthSysMgt

Catherine is a Melbourne trained Orthoptist. Following graduation, she commenced full-time work in 1996 at Victoria Parade Eye Consultants. Here she developed clinical skills in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Medical Retina, Glaucoma and General Ophthalmology. During this time, she pioneered Orthoptic led Diabetic Retinopathy photographic clinics.

In 2008, Catherine took up a position at the Eye and Ear Hospital as a Senior Orthoptist. She took on the role of Manager Diagnostic Eye Services in 2011– a position which she still holds today. She has a keen interest in public health and the provision of high-quality eye care for the Victorian people.

 

 

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