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People on the move – June 2021

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Welcome to ‘People on the move’, Insight’s new 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

People on the move – June

Jane Madden – Fred Hollows Foundation

Jane has joined The Fred Hollows Foundation as board chair as former Victorian Premier John Brumby announced his retirement at a recent annual general meeting. Jane has a passion for international development and more than 25 years’ experience across public and private sectors, with positions at the most senior levels of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), and Prime Minister and Cabinet, and diplomatic postings to Japan, South Africa and France, including as Australia’s Ambassador to UNESCO.

Tina Adel – ProVision

Tina recently started at ProVision as a business coach. She has over 20 years’ experience in the optometry industry, having held practice manager, account manager and most recently various strategic management roles. Tina’s wealth of experience and proven history relating to both business growth and supporting individual development give her a solid foundation and great insights into understanding the various challenges and potential opportunities of independent optometry.

Gail Giordani – Zeiss Vision Care ANZ

Former managing director of Carl Zeiss Vision South Africa Ms Gail Giordani will head its vision care business in Australia and New Zealand, taking over from Ms Hilke Fitzsimons who has taken up a role within the global organisation. Fien out more about the appointment here. 



Maree O’Brien – Glaucoma Australia 

Maree O’Brien has been appointed as Glaucoma Australia’s new president. She’s replacing the outgoing Associate Professor Simon Skalicky who has served the charity organisation for the past seven years. More information on Maree’s experience, and Simon’s contribution to the organisation can be found here.



Lisa Feng – UNSW Optometry Clinic 

Lisa is a staff optometrist at the UNSW Optometry Clinic and is involved in the School’s Primary Care, Low Vision and Diabetes Clinic. She is therapeutically endorsed and has experience working in both independent and corporate practices in Sydney and regional NSW.




Steve Walker – Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA)

Steve works as a team leader at the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, assisting the business to develop and implement programs and services geared toward supporting the macular disease community. As someone with a background in aged care, Steve has seen the impact age-related macular degeneration can have on ageing Australians and has been inspired to use his skills to ensure the experience of those living with or at-risk of developing the disease is mitigated by strong, research-based investments in projects; like MDFA’s peer-to-peer support groups, community education sessions, and Helpline support.

More reading: People on the move – April/May 2021

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