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Dr Divya Perumal 


Divya is a New Zealand trained Ophthalmologist, with advanced training in Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery. She has an honours degree in Optometry from the University of Auckland. She was involved in the preparation of the Manual of Ocular Therapeutics for Postgraduate Diploma in Ocular Therapeutics. Divya decided to study medicine at the University of Auckland and was awarded the Calvin Ring Prize in Ophthalmology, for the best performance in her field. She underwent advanced training in glaucoma at the prestigious Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, which is at the forefront of innovative Ophthalmology. She is experienced in the full array of glaucoma procedures including traditional surgery such as trabeculectomy and newer methods such as glaucoma drainage implants, minimally invasive glaucoma surgery and non-penetrating glaucoma procedures. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (FRANZCO), and member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS).

Dr Graham Wilson

Graham is a Consultant ophthalmologist at Gisborne Hospital. He was awarded the K G Howsam Medal for excellence in the RANZCO fellowship examination in 1999 – only the second New Zealander at the time to have achieved this honour. Graham has sub-specialty training in paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and cataract surgery from Cambridge, Belfast and Montreal. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago and his research interests include population eye health, preventative ophthalmology and amblyopia. He is a principal investigator for the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study. He has over 50 peer reviewed publications, over $5.5 million in research grants and is a reviewer for Clinical and  Experimental Optometry and an examiner for the Australian College of Optometry. In 2001 he won the American Academy of Ophthalmology 5km race making him the “fastest ophthalmologist in the world”!

Eleisha Dudson

Eleisha is an optometrist graduating from The University of Auckland with Honours in 2007. She specialises in contact lens fitting including OrthoK, Scleral and custom RGP contact lenses.  
Eleisha is passionate about myopia management, especially the use of contact lenses and OrthoK. With her experience in OrthoK Eleisha worked to be part of the first Australasian group to obtain her Fellowship for the International Academy of Orthokeratology and myopia control in 2016.

Rebecca Findlay

Rebecca is a PhD candidate with the School of Optometry and Vision Science.  She has worked as paediatric optometrist for Counties Manukau Health since 2012.  She completed a Taught Masters specialising in paediatric optometry in 2017. Her doctoral research is focused on investigating the effect of undiagnosed visual impairment, particularly from uncorrected refractive error, on reading and learning in NZ children.

Richard Johnson

Richard graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Auckland in 1993. He worked in the UK, Australia and Austria for a number of years as both an optometrist and contact lens fitter and since 2003 has been the principal optometrist at the Ophthalmology Department at Greenlane Hospital, where he works in the Acute Eye Service as well as paediatric, glaucoma and medical retinal clinics. 
He is a past president of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of NZ and was also a trustee of the Eye Bank of NZ.  He was been the chairman of VOSO, the charitable trust of optometrists and ophthalmologists providing eye care throughout the Pacific from 2006 to 2016 and is still a trustee and active volunteer with them.

Joe Wang

Joe is an Australian optometrist who works as a clinical supervisor at the University of Melbourne. He travelled to the Himalayan region with Eyes4Everest in 2015 and 2016, and currently serves on the E4E executive committee. 

Rochelle van Eysden 

Rochelle is an optometrist, and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Optometry and Vision Science, she is the current president of NZAO and runs her own practice in Christchurch. Rochelle spent four years achieving two degrees in Psychology before completing her BOptom(Hons) in 1998.

Joyce Mathan

Joyce completed a Bachelor of Optometry, First Class Honours, at the University of Auckland. She is a Clinical Research Fellow and PhD Candidate in the Department of Ophthalmology, New Zealand National Eye Centre, University of Auckland. Her research interests include keratoconus, corneal collagen cross-linking and complex needs populations. She is supervised by Professor Charles McGhee, Professor Dipika Patel, Dr Akilesh Gokul and Dr Samantha Simkin. 

Kiri Rikihana

Kiri Rikihana is of Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, and Ngati Toa descent. Kiri is the newly appointed General Manager (New Zealand) for the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the immediate past Group Manager of the Mortality Review Committee Secretariat and Kaiwhakahaere Te Whai Oranga for the Health, Quality and Safety Commission. Kiri is also a former Deputy Chair and lay member of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board.  Kiri is a lawyer by training and has a background in health law, governance and policy.

Helen Gleave

Helen Gleave is the Professional Training Manager for Alcon Australia. She is responsible for training and education programs in contact lenses, contact lens care and dry eye. She qualified as an optometrist from City University in London and owned a practice focused on contact lenses for 15 years. She has been a clinical investigator for different contact lens manufacturers and a member of their advisory panels.

Louise Russo 

Louise is an experienced manager and consultant for optometry & the wider healthcare industries, with over 10 years experience in managing optical practices across Australia, along with 5 years experience in providing solutions to help healthcare businesses profitably grow their practices and enhance the patient experience.

Eddie Quinones 

Eddie is the Sales Director at MyHealth1st, and has been providing solutions to healthcare businesses across Australia and New Zealand for over 7 years. Bringing over 15 years experience within the SaaS, IT and Digital environment and bring from this an understand of the needs of businesses and clinics from small operations to major corporate groups.