Optometry Board Members

Ian Bluntish

Mr Ian Bluntish

Chair and health practitioner from South Australia

  • BOptom, MBA, FACO, MAICD, JP

Ian Bluntish is in private practice in Glenelg. He has worked as a practitioner in rural SA and the NT for a group optometric practice where he was a senior executive and Director.

Ian was the National President of Optometry Australia for five years and previously president of the SA division. He has served on numerous committees and Boards associated with the health sector and optometry, including as a Ministerial appointment to the Optometry Registration Board of SA and has extensive experience in practice accreditation and standards development.

He was appointed to the inaugural Optometry Board of Australia in 2009 and in 2010 he was appointed Chair of the Board of ProVision Eyecare Pty Ltd, a company providing business support to over 450 independent optometrical practices around Australia.

Ian was appointed Chair of the Optometry Board of Australia in August 2015.

Stuart Aamodt

Mr Stuart Aamodt

Health practitioner from Western Australia

  • BOptom(Hons), PGCOT, BEcons

Stuart Aamodt is an owner and principal optometrist in a large, growing franchised optometry practice. He has worked in independent, corporate, public and remote optometry settings across Australia and overseas. Prior to studying optometry, Stuart completed a degree in economics and worked for a financial institution as a credit analyst.

Stuart has mentored optometry students on externship for the last four years. He has a keen interest in the delivery of optometric services to remote and indigenous communities in Western Australia.

Stuart’s board experience includes a previous role on the Optometry Association Board (Victoria Division).

Carla Abbott

Dr Carla Abbott

Health practitioner from Victoria

  • BOptom, PhD, PostGradDipOcTher, FACO

Dr Abbott is a therapeutically-endorsed optometrist who has primarily worked in academia and public health for the past 15 years. She is a research fellow with the Centre for Eye Research Australia conducting translational research studies and is a consultant optometrist and teaching clinician at the Australian College of Optometry.

As part of her research training, Dr Abbott has completed post-doctoral fellowships at the Save Sight Institute (University of Sydney) and Devers Eye Institute (Oregon, USA). She has also worked in private optometry practice including in country Victoria. Dr Abbott has served as a director on the Council of the Australian College of Optometry (2010-11), and was an auditor of continuing professional development for the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ; 2015-17). As a teaching clinician for over 10 years at the Australian College of Optometry, Dr Abbott has supervised students from different optometry schools in Australia and New Zealand and has been an examiner for the OCANZ overseas-trained optometrist exams. She is also a member of the Optometry Australia age-related macular degeneration clinical practice guide working group (2018).

Anthony Evans

Mr Anthony Evans

Community member

  • BBus, DipEd

Anthony Evans has extensive financial and general management experience as a senior executive and board director in the health, aged care, education, resources and not-for-profit sectors.

His roles in the health sector have included being a board member of Perth Primary Care Network and Therapeutic Guidelines.

Adrienne Farago

Ms Adrienne Farago

Community member

Adrienne has had a diverse background including broad experience in community issues, her experience includes environmental policy and planning, overseas aid and development, natural resource management and medical health research including Aboriginal health research. She has worked in operational leadership and governance in the not-for-profit-sector and two tiers of government.

Adrienne was an elected member of the Board of Oxfam Australia and is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of NSW.

Adrienne lives on the mid-north coast of NSW and has a special interest in representing rural and regional health consumers. Adrienne hopes to make a practical and common-sense application of the governance and leadership principles she has learned over many years to health regulation in the public interest.

Daryl Guest

Associate Professor Daryl Guest

Health practitioner from Tasmania

Daryl has worked in a range of primary care and clinical teaching environments. From 1995 Daryl practiced in the north-west coast of Tasmania from his home town of Penguin, being a practice owner for most of that time. His most recent employment has been with the University of Melbourne as a clinical academic, as part of the regular FIFO contingent from north-west Tasmania. Daryl has recommenced consulting in Burnie.

Daryl’s board commitments have included as a board member of the North West Division of General Practice, the board of Tasmanian Medicare Local and Primary Health Tasmania from 2005 until 2015. In 2007 he became the first non GP Division Chair within the Australian General Practice Network and was Chair of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand Board (OCANZ) from 2007 to 2014. Daryl was on the Tasmanian Optometrist Registration Board from 2001 to 2008 with two stints as Chair and for eight years from 1998 he was a Councillor for the Tasmanian Division of Optometry Australia.

Judith Hannan

Judith Hannan

Health practitioner from New South Wales

Judith Hannan (Irvine) is a primary care optometrist who was in private practice for many years until transferring her practices to her partner optometrist. Since then she has been a locum in the south west area of Sydney.

Judith is the Mayor of Wollondilly Shire Council and the president of a local organisation of councils. She has qualifications in business and mediation.

Judith has been awarded for her medical advocacy work.

Rosemary Knight

Associate Professor Rosemary Knight

Community member

Associate Professor Rosemary Knight recently retired from the position of Principal Adviser in the Commonwealth Department of Health. Previously, she was Head of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine in the Medicine Faculty at UNSW.

Rosemary has worked for thirty years in the health sector providing expert advice, teaching and mentoring, supporting research, doing policy and program development and guiding implementation and evaluation. Her public health experience is highly varied. It includes workforce, primary care, information management, healthcare financing, quality use of medicines, chronic diseases and populations at risk.

She has a particular interest in health policy, cancer, indigenous health and health services research, as well as translating evidence into practice. She has a passionate commitment to improve health outcomes for all Australians, best achieved by effective collaborative relationships across the whole community with input from health professionals, educators, governments, consumers and citizens. She also has a desire to help, support and contribute to the wider community in this next phase of her life.

Ann Webber

Associate Professor Ann Webber

Health practitioner from Queensland

  • PhD MS FAAO, BAppSc(Optom)(Hons), GradCertOptTher

Associate Professor Ann Webber is a primary eye care practitioner with clinical and research interest in paediatric optometry. Ann commenced independent private practice in 1991, currently practicing in Bulimba, an inner eastern suburb of Brisbane. She also holds a part-time Associate Professor appointment in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, QUT. Ann also provides a clinical service within the Ophthalmology Department of the Queensland Children's Hospital.

Associate Professor Webber served for more than a decade on the Optometry Australia Queensland Division Council, including two terms as State President and Chair of the Education subcommittee. She was first appointed to the Queensland Optometry Registration Board in 2000 and served as Deputy Chair of the Queensland Board from 2009. From the inception of AHPRA she has served as a member of the Registration and Notification Committee of the Optometry Board of Australia, and was appointed to the Optometry Board of Australia in August 2015.

Page reviewed 18/01/2013