The Australian College of Optometry (ACO) has announced the appointment of Tim Fricke as the new Director of Research and Education.
Mr Fricke has held several previous positions at ACO, including Head of Paediatric Services (1998–2007), Manager of Professional Development and Membership (2006–2007), and Director of Specialty and Community Services (2010–2012).
He has also held executive, research, teaching, and policy positions including with the Brien Holden Vision Institute and the Brien Holden Foundation.
ACO Chief Executive Officer Pete Haydon said Mr Fricke has a “demonstrated dedication to cross-cultural collaborations, which will be greatly valued in his new role”.
“As Director of Research and Education, Tim will be instrumental in charting a course for our research as we prioritise clinical, public health, and translational research in support of our new strategic plan.
“Tim’s research in vision development, epidemiology, quality of life and access to eye care, and his assistance in the development of local systems and skills for providing primary and specialised eye care in Australia (and overseas) is an ideal fit for the ACO’s refocused research direction,” Mr Haydon said.
“Equally, his experience… teaching, alongside his significant work in continuing professional development in Australia and internationally, reflects the education mission of the ACO.”
Mr Fricke will start in a part-time capacity this month while he completes his doctorate, transitioning to full time in the coming months.