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HomeminewsCFEH New Direction, Prof Kalloniatis Resigns

CFEH New Direction, Prof Kalloniatis Resigns

Professor Michael Kalloniatis has stepped down from the role of Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) Director. Having led the organisation for 14 years, he plans to spend more time with his 11 and 13 year-old daughters. Additionally, he plans to refocus on CFEH-based research activity and help the next generation of CFEH-based PhD students complete their studies, as well as completing his own NHMRC research grant obligations.

CFEH was established through a joint initiative between Guide Dogs NSW/ACT (GDN) and UNSW in 2008 with the aim of reducing preventable blindness through the early detection of eye disease. It currently provides clinical services to over 13,000 patients each year across multiple locations.

The CFEH recently undertook a strategic review to redefine the CFEH’s approach to early detection of preventable blindness, and GDN committed to continuing its investment. Provision of clinical services will continue but is expected to become more targeted to better assist patients with the highest clinical need. Future research and education programs at CFEH will evolve under the expertise of UNSW’s Faculty of Medicine and Health including the School of Optometry and Vision Science. A project group named Horizon has been established to map the future strategy.

“We are all looking forward to exploring new joint initiatives to positively impact outcomes for the blind and low vision community, including in capacity development, innovation and placement opportunities for our workforce in eye health,” said Sarah Holland, Executive Manager of CFEH and member of Horizon.

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