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.

Jane Duffy

Ms Jane Duffy OAM

Health practitioner from Victoria

  • BScOptom, LLB(Hons), PGCOT

Ms Duffy is a therapeutically-endorsed optometrist who has worked in private optometry practice for more than 20 years. She is a member of the teaching team in the School of Medicine at Deakin University.

From 1996 until 2009, Ms Duffy was the foundation Executive Officer of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. Prior to NRAS, Ms Duffy served on the Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria (1993–1996), the Osteopaths Registration Board of Victoria (1997–2009) and the Pharmacy Board of Victoria (2005–2007).

As well her optometry qualifications, Ms Duffy holds a Bachelor of Laws and for several years worked in private legal practice in the firm’s insurance litigation team. She has been a sessional (optometrist) member of VCAT (2007-2012) and is a (community) member of the National Boards’ list of persons for appointment to panels.

Ms Duffy has been a member of the Optometry Board of Australia since its establishment in 2009 and is the inaugural chair of its Scheduled Medicines Advisory Committee.

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.

Derek Fails

Mr Derek Fails

Health practitioner from New South Wales

  • BSc(Hons), MCOptom, CertOcTher(SUNY), GDipBus, FAICD

Derek Fails is in an optometrist in private practice in regional NSW and has a keen interest in low vision and ocular therapeutics in optometry settings.

He practiced for 25 years in Tasmania and 15 years as Managing Director of Eyelines Tasmania, a group of independent full scope optometry practices. He also worked in multi-discipline rooms with Hobart ophthalmologists and orthoptists. He practiced in the United Kingdom before migrating to Australia.

Derek was the inaugural Tasmanian practitioner member of the Optometry Board of Australia from 2009 to 2015. He supports improved governance and registrant engagement with the Board and a better understanding of workforce and healthcare access in regional communities. He has been involved in optometry regulation since first being appointed to the Tasmanian Board of Optometry Registration in 1995 and is a member of the Optometry Council of NSW.

Derek remains a Non-executive Director of Eyelines and was previously on the Board of Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania and on Vision 2020's Low Vision Committee.

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.

Garry Fitzpatrick

Mr Garry Fitzpatrick

Health practitioner from Western Australia

  • BScOptom; MAICD

Garry Fitzpatrick is the inaugural Western Australian practitioner member of the Optometry Board of Australia and has served as practitioner member of the Optometry Board of Australia since 2009. He has held positions on several boards, councils and committees associated with Optometry, including his prior roles as the Deputy Chairman of the Optometrists Registration Board of Western Australia, Chairman of the complaints assessment committee of the Optometrists Registration Board of Western Australia and President of CORA (Council of Optometry Regulatory Authorities for Australia and New Zealand representing all Optometry Registration Boards). Garry currently has several appointments to Not for Profit boards and is the current Vice President of Hockey WA.

From 2010 to today Garry has Chaired the Optometry Advisory Board for the School of Medicine at Deakin University. This role has involved the establishment of and the provision of guidance to the School of Optometry at Deakin University.

Garry is an Advisor on Optometry matters to the Board of Specsavers Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this appointment, he spent 30 years as a self-employed Optometrist establishing and developing a group of six Optometry practices and partnership with four Optometrists. From 2007 to 2015 he was one of the founding franchisees for Specsavers in Western Australia.

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.

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.

Anne Webber

Dr Ann Louise Webber

Health practitioner from Queensland

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

Dr Webber is a primary eye care practitioner with clinical and research interest in paediatric optometry. She commenced independent private practice in 1991, currently practicing in Bulimba, an inner eastern suburb of Brisbane. She also holds a part-time Senior Lecturer appointment in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, QUT.

Dr 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 commencing as a Board member in August 2015.

Page reviewed 18/01/2013