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About the Ophthalmology Network

The Ophthalmology Network brings together ophthalmic clinicians and consumers and community representatives to promote equitable access to public sector ophthalmic services in NSW, including cataract surgery, complex eye surgery and general ophthalmology consultations.

Our People

Michael Hennessy

Michael Hennessy, Co-Chair
Ophthalmologist
Prince of Wales Hospital
South East Sydney Local Health District

Andrew White

Clinical A/Prof Andrew White, Co-Chair
Head of Ophthalmology Westmead Hospital WS LHD

The ACI Ophthalmology Network (Statewide Ophthalmology Service) is led by an executive committee which includes ophthalmologists, nurses, orthoptists and consumers.

The Network’s members include clinicians (medical, nursing and allied health professionals), consumers and representatives from the NSW Ministry of Health, local health districts, specialty network governed health corporations, NSW Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), Rural, and Orthoptic Standing Committees, the Optometrists Association of Australia (NSW) and non-government vision organisations.

Previous co-chairs of the Ophthalmology network include:
Ms Julie Heraghty, former CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia (2015-17), Dr Ross Ferrier, Ophthalmologist, Central Coast Local Health District (2014-17), Ms Joanna McCulloch, Clinical Nurse Consultant Ophthalmology, Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital, Professor Peter McCluskey, Director of the Save Sight Institute

Priorities

  • To continue to work with stakeholders across the eye health community to improve access to Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinics in NSW.
  • The Community Eye Care project To develop a model of care for public patients with glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy from screening through to treatment and ongoing management including the involvement of low vision agencies.To develop a resource for clinicians working in NSW public hospitals on the management of patients with low vision or blindness in the inpatient setting.
  • To facilitate the testing of a model of care for public patients with uncomplicated symptomatic cataract

Achievements

  • Development and distribution of the consensus eye emergency clinical guidelines for non-ophthalmic clinicians published in the Eye Emergency Manual.  The App was reviewed in 2017 and updated to reflect changes in practice and expectations of an app.
  • Eye emergency clinician education for medical and nursing clinicians working in emergency departments in both rural and metropolitan areas.
  • Development and introduction of eyeplaysafe an interactive web-based learning package for children five to nine years of age available in all NSW public schools to teach children how to protect their eyes at home and when playing.
  • Validation and release of the Vision Defect in Stroke Screening Tool and eLearning module.
  • The Eyes on the Future Forum held in June 2017 which brought together clinicians from across the eye health spectrum.
  • The development of a model of care for public patients with age-related macular degeneration  to improve access to treatment and ongoing management initially at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital.

Background

The ACI Ophthalmology Network is building on the work of the Statewide Ophthalmology Service which was established by the Greater Metropolitan Transition Taskforce in November 2003 to act as a peak advisory body for public sector ophthalmic services in NSW.