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2023 Dame Mary Perkins Award Judges Announced

Specsavers has unveiled a panel of optometric leaders from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand who will judge nominations for this year’s 2023 Dame Mary Perkins.

Skye Cappuccio, CEO of Optometry Australia, Carly Iles, CEO of Vision 2020 Australia and John Mulka, Chair of Eye Health Aotearoa and Chief Executive of Blind Low Vision NZ, have been tasked with identifying the Specsavers optometrist who has delivered “an exceptional act of patient care”.

Recognising Positive Impact

The Dame Mary Perkins Award celebrates and recognises the positive impact Specsavers optometrists have on their patient’s life, whether it’s a lifestyle improvement through vision correction or a sight-saving act.

Ms Iles said although the awards have traditionally been won by optometrists who have saved the life or sight of their patients, she would like to celebrate optometrists who deliver exceptional eye care services to everyday patients.

“Dame Mary Perkins is well known for providing exceptional patient care. It is these traits I will be looking for in the nominees for the Dame Mary Perkins Award – someone who consistently puts patients first and goes above and beyond to deliver quality patient care and/or support to the local community,” she said.

Similarly, Mr Mulka said it is often the unsung heroes who are able to build trust and rapport with their patients, leading them to be more likely to return for timely eye care services and adhere to any treatments they may require.
“Optometrists play a vital role in the prevention of avoidable vision loss. I’m very much looking forward to hearing the stories of optometrists who are going above and beyond to support their patients in protecting their sight and selecting the 2023 winners of these awards,” said Mr Mulka.

Ms Cappuccio commended Specsavers for celebrating its optometrists in this way and said she was looking forward to reading the nominations.

“When organisations acknowledge and celebrate matters, it sends a message about what they value. Celebrating people and practices who go the extra mile to support their patients not only motivates those rewarded to maintain their quality of patient care, but encourages and gives permission, for others to do so too.”

The judges will meticulously review nominations from across Australia and New Zealand, searching for individuals who have made a tangible impact on patient outcomes, built strong relationships with their patients, or demonstrated exemplary dedication to the field.

Nominations Invited

To self-nominate or nominate a Specsavers colleague, email [email protected] or click here.