The IRIS Program is overseen by the IRIS Clinical Taskforce who work hard to ensure that there is a national approach and outlook to the delivery of eye health services through the IRIS program.
The Taskforce is working to achieve this by assessing and then prioritising nationally, the needs of all eligible locations and required services across all of Australia, but also sharing success stories and innovative approaches to service delivery in each IRIS site.
The Taskforce evaluates facilities or services that exist currently, which may require enhancement or expansion as well as seeks out locations where there is no service.
(CO-CHAIR AND QLD LEAD)
Dr Bill Glasson is the Co-Chair of the IRIS Taskforce and has over 20 years experience in the provision of outreach services with particular focus on communities in Central and Western Queensland. Dr Glasson is the former President of the AMA, RANZCO and the ASO and plays a key role in the oversight of the IRIS Program.
(CO-CHAIR AND NSW LEAD)
Dr Agar is the Chair of the RANZCO Indigenous Committee, which aims to enhance ophthalmic care on a national scale. Dr Agar has worked in the states far west the state’s far west with the Outback Eye Service (based at Prince of Wales Hospital) since its inception over a decade ago; first as a student, then registrar, and now as a specialist.
(WESTERN AUSTRALIA LEAD)
Dr Angus Turner is an ophthalmologist based in Western Australia and is the Deputy Chair of the RANZCO Indigenous Committee. Dr Turner is actively involved in delivering specialist eye services to remote and Indigenous communities in the West, with a particular focus on the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Dr Turner is also heavily involved in medical research with a focus on improving service delivery for remote and Indigenous people.
(NORTHERN TERRITORY LEAD)
Dr Tim Henderson is an Alice Springs based eye specialist who is passionate about improving access to specialised eye health services for Indigenous Australians. Dr Henderson visits numerous remote communities each year on a specialist outreach program. He is a Senior Lecturer in ophthalmology with the Northern Territory Clinical School, Flinders University and he supervises the university’s accredited training eye registrars during their placement as part of the South Australian ophthalmology training program.
(EXPERT IN RURAL / REMOTE SERVICE DELIVERY)
Mr Rowan Churchill has been specialising in the provision of eye health services to remote Indigenous communities throughout Cape York, the Gulf of Carpentaria and Western Queensland for almost 2 decades. The programs he helps deliver are based around a multidisciplinary approach that sees Optometrists in a central role working with Ophthalmologists, Eye health Coordinators, health workers, GPs, nurses and administrative staff.
Previously the long-term CEO to AMA Queensland and Secretary General to Federal AMA, Kerry Gallagher is a well respected and acknowledged medical and health lobbyist and policy adviser. He has close to 20 years experience working in both state and federal health settings. Kerry provides strategic level guidance and support to a number of medical groups, including the ASO, through his firm Vanguard Health. Kerry is an advocate for rural and Indigenous health programs who served as Program Director for the previous IRIS Program (2010-14).
(VANGUARD HEALTH CEO)
Tim’s background in using innovation to find new solutions has seen Vanguard and their partner Clinicians bring new service models to market for Australian communities. As Vanguard Health’s CEO Tim is responsible for leading the Vanguard Health business and delivering high quality outcomes for our clients across our consulting, recruitment and project delivery divisions.
(VANGUARD HEALTH CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, IRIS PROGRAM MANAGER)
Vanguard’s COO has worked in the health sector for over 15 years including 10 years in the public sector. Jason is experienced in providing strategic policy advice to government, in the leadership and management of teams and in leading large- scale change management programs.
FRED HOLLOWS FOUNDATION
Shaun is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander man with family connections in Cape York, Torres Strait and South Australia. Shaun has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for over 18 years and is currently the Program Manager of The Fred Hollows Foundation’s Indigenous Australia Program.
Shaun’s interests include strengthening service coordination through improved leadership and governance; and advancing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner profession.
NSW OUTBACK EYE SERVICE
Joanna has co-ordinated the Outback Eye Service, which delivers ophthalmology and optometry services to remote western NSW, for over 15 years.
Joanna is a country girl at heart, having lived and worked in the Bourke district as a diabetic educator/ophthalmic nurse for many years. She maintains a passion working in Aboriginal and rural communities delivering eye services to those people living in rural and remote areas of NSW.
RURAL HEALTH WEST
Caitlin is the Manager of Outreach and Regional Serviecs for Rural Health West, the agency responsible for the deliver of Australian Government Department of Health outreach programs, which increase access to health services for people across Western Australia.
Caitlin has worked at Rural Health West for over 6 years and is passionate about striving for innovative and dynamic ways to ensure maximum output, and value collaborative approaches to impart positive impact.