Welcome to People on the move – September 2021, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adam Taylor – ProVision
Adam joined ProVision as regional operations manager for VIC, NSW and TAS, leading a team of business coaches in these respective states. Adam brings a depth of experience and a new perspective to ProVision, having previously worked in leadership positions at McDonalds, Dominos, Baker’s Delight, as well as George & Matilda. He is passionate about supporting independent businesses to thrive and cultivate their own success in a competitive landscape.
David Van Dijk – ProVision
David joined ProVision’s marketing team as senior content marketing specialist and will lead the content strategy and development of consumer marketing campaigns and to drive new patient acquisition and retention for eye care services in ProVision member practices. David’s extensive in-house and agency experience offers a rare combination of content, brand & digital marketing skills with a keen interest in big data and marketing analytics.
Dr Monica Jong – International Myopia Institute
Canberra-based optometrist Dr Monica Jong has announced she is leaving the International Myopia Institute, an organisation she has led as its executive director since 2015. “I have led the IMI since its inception at a pivotal WHO-BHVI myopia meeting in 2015 where myopia was recognised for the first time as a public health issue,” she wrote on Linkedin. “Today the IMI is the premier working group advocating and promoting awareness of myopia as a public health issue, bringing consensus to the area. It has been an absolute honour and pleasure to both lead and serve the IMI, working with global experts to improve eyecare.”
Dr Sunil Warrier – RANZCO QLD
Dr Sunil Warrier, a Brisbane based cataract, glaucoma and ocular oncology specialist, takes over the role of chair of QEC (Training Committee) for RANZCO Queensland. He has been the director of training for the past six years and has recently stepped up to the position of chair. He is committed to the training of the next generation of specialists in Queensland. The program has grown exponentially over the last few years to include 17 trainees across the state.
Sam Bonwick – Optometry Australia
Optometry Australia has appointed Sam Bonwick as its education publications and content strategy manager. Sam is responsible for delivering the organisation’s flagship CPD publications, Optometry Connection and Clinical & Experimental Optometry, investigating content extensions and gaps in CPD education publishing. He was previously a Publisher at Cengage Learning, responsible for a portfolio of education resources aimed at secondary schools.
Pete Haydon – Australian College of Optometry
The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has announced Mr Pete Haydon has been appointed CEO, resigning from his position at the helm of Optometry Victoria South Australia (OV/SA) after seven years. Haydon said he was eager to get started in his new role, which he’ll commence on 22 November, with Professor Michael Ibbotson continuing as interim CEO until then. “I genuinely believe in the work the ACO does and there is a strong fit with my own personal philosophy and professional goals,” Haydon said.