Lisa Penrose is a clinical and public health optometrist committed to Closing the Gap in Vision. Lisa is a strong advocate for integration of health services and the inclusion of culture into health programs, where quality is always the driving concern. Lisa has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Newcastle, specialist certificates in Paediatric Vision and Advanced Contact Lens Management from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of New South Wales.
Lisa has published in the CSIRO Journal of Primary Health Care regarding redesigning of a surgical pathway to improve access to cataract surgery for Indigenous Australians in SE Queensland. She has developed innovative, sustainable, integrated eye health systems within urban, rural and remote communities throughout Queensland. The novel use of E-Health and collaborative partnerships have been integral factors in the success of these systems.
Lisa has been a project consultant on two major national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health projects funded through the Federal Department of Health under The Fred Hollows Foundation and Vision 2020 Australia. She is a LEAD trainer for The Brien Holden Foundation on the Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Project and is an active contributor to many reference groups including Optometry Australia's current diabetes clinical guidelines protocols group and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Working Group.
In 2022, Lisa was a recipient of round two of the Trust's Impact Funding program — a new initiative to enhance outcomes of Churchill Fellowships across all industries and sectors. In delivering her Impact Funding project, Lisa will work in partnership with Goondir Aboriginal Medical Service to pilot and implement a screening project to address the significant gap in eye health experienced by Indigenous communities. Lisa plans to use existing programs and under-utilised retinal cameras to deliver this project. She has also identified two key barriers to using retinal cameras effectively that will be addressed by her work. About Impact Funding
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