The following Australians working in the eye health sector were recognised in the 2016 Order of Australia honours.
Appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia
Mr. Jason Booth
For significant service to optometry as a clinical educator, to professional organisations, and to international humanitarian eye care programs. Mr. Booth has been the team leader for the annual Rotary Australia World Community Services eye camp field trips to Nepal since 2004, and the volunteer and ground co-ordinator for trips to Mongolia since 2006.
Dr. Peter Charles Heiner
Australians working in the eye health sector were recognised in the 2016 Order of Australia honours
For significant service to medicine as an ophthalmologist, to medical education and eye health research, and to professional organisations. Dr. Heiner was the co-founder of The Eye Centre which later became Vision Eye Institute. He was a Founding Member of the Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, and Chairman of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists – Queensland branch.
Dr. Iain Murray
For significant service to people who are blind or have low vision, and to education in the field of assistive technology as an academic and researcher. Associate Professor Iain Murray was the founder and has been a teacher at Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired since 2002. At Curtin University he founded the Centre for Accessible Technology since 2007and has been the co-ordinator since then. He is a Member of the Board of Directors at VisAbility (formerly the Association for the Blind Western Australia), since 2010, the Technical Officer for Assistive Technology, since 1991 and a member of the Board of Directors, Guide Dogs Western Australia (run by VisAbility).
Awarded the Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division
Mr. Albert Hoegerl
For service to the international community of Timor Leste through eye health programs. Mr. Hoegerl was the designer of the Norboscope, a fully mobile stereoscope ophthalmic microscope that fits into mobile eye clinics. Additionally, he has volunteered for the John Fawcett Foundation (since 1995), and the East Timor Eye Program and Sumba Eye Program (since 2001).
Mr. Mark Andrew Kelly
For service to the international community through humanitarian programs. Mr. Kelly has been the World Vision International National Director, Zambia since 2015.
Mrs. Marie Robinson
For service to the community of Bendigo, and to people with a disability. Mrs. Robinson has volunteered for 50 years with organisations that include Scope Victoria, the UnitingCare Outreach Emergency Relief Service; Vision Australia and Bendigo Hospital.
Mrs. Debra Schaffer
For service to people who are blind, or with low vision, and to the community. Mrs. Schaffer is president and chairman of the board at VisAbility and Guide Dogs WA.