Scientific Committee.

Michelle Courtney-Harris

BAppSci (Orthoptics), PhD Candidate, MOA, AOB registered
Associate lecturer, Responsible Academic Officer (RAO) Clinical

Michelle Courtney-Harris has extensive clinical experience as an Orthoptist within the private ophthalmic sector and community health this includes the coordination and implementation of continuing education programs for orthoptists and other allied health practitioners in the eye care industry.

For the past several years Michelle Courtney-Harris has fostered and supported the academic learning and clinical education of orthoptic students in her role as Associate Lecturer for the Discipline of Orthoptics at both the University of Sydney (USYD) and more recently the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In 2015 Michelle made the transition from Masters in Research to PhD Candidate. The chosen focus of her higher research degree has been in the area of stroke and related ocular conditions.

Michelle Courtney-Harris is registered with and holds a current certificate of currency with the Australian Orthoptic Board. She is also a member of Orthoptics Australia, holding key council positions over many years.

Gayani Gunasekara

Gayani completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Clinical Vision from the University of Sydney in 2010. She went on to graduate with a Master of Health Management from the University of New South Wales in 2014. Over the last 7 years, Gayani has worked across many ophthalmic practices across Sydney and Canberra.

Currently she is practicing as a clinical orthoptist in Bondi Junction alongside Professor Stephanie Watson, and teaching at the University of Technology’s Orthoptics Department.

Gayani has also dedicated service to Orthoptics Australia over the last few years, currently serving as President of Orthoptics Australia NSW Committee and NSW State Representative to Federal Council.

Gareth Lingham

Gareth graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences & Master of Orthoptics from La Trobe University in 2014. Since then, he has been employed as a clinical research orthoptist at the Lions Eye Institute in Perth, predominately working on clinical trials for wet and dry age-related macular degeneration as well as other retinal disorders.

Gareth recently recommenced full-time study by enrolling in a PhD at the University of Western Australia. His current research focuses on further investigating the relationship between myopia and time spent outdoors, particularly the impact of sun-exposure during childhood.

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