Congratulations to Vision 2020 Australia Board member Associate Professor Heather Mack (B Med Sc, MBBS, MBA, PhD, FRANZCO, GAICD), who was made a Member of the Order of Australia for “significant service to ophthalmology, particularly to professional colleges” as part of the Queens Birthday Honours announced on 14 June 2021.
In addition to her position on the Vision 2020 Australia Board, she is also on the board of Retina Australia and is the immediate past president of the Royal Australian College of Ophthalmologists – the first woman to hold the position.
As an ophthalmologist, A/Prof Mack has built a significant career in private practice, and in clinical research in academia, with industry and government.
She has been involved in 19 clinical trials (Phases 1-3) and is on the Advisory Board for voretigene neparvovec gene therapy in Australia.
The contributions of several others from our sector were also recognised, including:
- Ms Shayne Ann BROWN (AM) For significant service to medicine through orthoptic associations.
- Mr Anthony Phillips (AM) -. For significant service to optometry, and to professional optical societies
- Dr Michael NEWMAN (OAM) For service to ophthalmology.
- Mr Lorin James NICHOLSON (OAM) For service to people who are blind or have low vision.
- Ms Kaye Speed (OAM) For service to people who are blind or have low vision