A/Prof Angus Turner MBBS, MSc, FRANZCO
Providing ophthalmology services to underserved populations has been on the minds and in the actions of Australian and NZ ophthalmologists since at least the 1940s.
There have been planes, trains and automobiles used to deliver the right teams and equipment and the outcomes of these services and recent iterations in Australia will be analysed.
Connecting the remote populations with telehealth has also been conceptualised in the 1950s and recent technology is allowing for paradigm shifts in the distillation of pathology to help triage those who need care from visiting specialists. The use of artiﬁ- cial intelligence is revolutionising healthcare and the tangible impact and outcomes are within reach for ophthalmology to make signiﬁcant inroads to improving outreach and addressing the maldistribu- tion of ophthalmologists in Australia.
Finally, a new vision for regional Western Australia will be described to provide a mantle of eye care spanning prevention and primary care to specialist service for a dispersed population built on these innovations and evidence. Brief Curriculum Vitae:
Angus Turner is the founding Director of Lions Out- back Vision, based at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) in Perth, Western Australia. He completed medical training at the University of Western Australia, before studying at Oxford University and complet- ing a Masters of Evidence-Based Medicine. He underwent Ophthalmology training in Melbourne. Lions Outback Vision provides eye health services throughout Western Australia to rural and remote areas and Indigenous communities in urban loca- tions. He is an Associate Professor at UWA, a consul- tant at Fremantle Hospital and an ophthalmology lecturer for the Rural Clinical School WA.