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People on the move – February 2023

Welcome to People on the move – February 2023, Insight’s monthly bulletin to keep the Australian ophthalmic sector updated on new appointments and personnel changes.

If you’d like to tell the market about a new person in your company, practice, or clinic, please send the person’s name, position, image and a short description about their role to editor Myles Hume for consideration at

Board appointments – Vision 2020 Australia 

Vision 2020 Australia has appointed Kylie Harris, Leah Cameron and Damian Papps to its board.

Kylie Harris is the Director of Operations at the Australian College of Optometry. Starting her healthcare career as an optometrist, she has held numerous board positions within eye health, including Optometry Australia, Optometry Victoria and currently holds the position of Sight for All Vice Chair.


Leah Cameron is a Trawlwoolway (Palawa) woman from Tasmania and the Founder and Principal Solicitor of Marrawah Law. Since forming the firm in 2013, her philosophy of doing law differently she has been the driving force behind Marrawah Law’s growth into one of the largest Indigenous owned and operated law firms in Australia today.


Damian Papps the Executive Director of See Differently and has a strong commitment to social impact and mission driven initiatives. He has three decades of global financial services experience with skills in strategy development, governance and corporate advice.


“The Vision 2020 Australia Board now has its full complement of directors, which is representative of our diverse sector and provide the skills, expertise and characteristics to further drive our strategic aims,” the organisation stated.

Image: Opticare.

Sam Pender – Opticare

Sam Pender is joining Opticare as the Business Development Manager for Queensland. After nine years working in the optical industry, he has experience across retail, customer service, and business development roles. “Sam’s wealth of knowledge is a fantastic addition to the Opticare family. Here’s to new beginnings and exciting collaborations ahead,” Opticare said.


Image: Opticare.

Flavia Milici – Opticare

Opticare has appointed Flavia Milici as its Business Development Manager for NSW. She has a background in the optical lens and equipment industry, and knowledge in behavioural optometry. Her professional journey encompasses a decade in eyewear commerce between Europe and Australia. She has held diverse roles within the independent space, including optical dispenser, technician, optometrist, and vision therapist. “Her deep multifaceted experience equips her with a unique perspective and the ability to provide customised recommendations and guidance, ensuring informed decision-making for your business,” Opticare said.

Dr Jane Edmond – American Academy of Ophthalmology

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Dr Jane Edmond has began her one-year term as the 128th President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Specialising in paediatric and neuro-ophthalmology, she brings a wealth of leadership experience currently serving as the Inaugural Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas, Director of the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute, and Vice Dean of Professional Practice. Her top priorities are addressing workforce shortages and “protecting patient safety at a time when non-physicians are attempting to expand their scope-of-practice into eye surgery”.

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