Micheal Yapp has joined Optometry Australia (OA) in a new role focussed on advancing the profession, scaling up collaborative care, and supporting optometrists to practise to full scope.
Mr Yapp is also continuing his role as Head of Clinical Operations and Teaching at the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH). Having joined CFEH at its inception in 2009, he has played a central role in the introduction of various collaborative models of eye care in which optometrists and ophthalmologists work together diagnosing and treating ocular conditions at no cost to patients.
Announcing the appointment, OA said Mr Yapp has practiced across an array of clinical settings in private and public optometry around Australia and internationally. He honed his diagnostic skills working with a corneal specialist ophthalmologist in Sydney and has had a longstanding interest in educating the profession since working as a staff optometrist at the University of New South Wales.
He has continued to educate future generations of fellow optometrists through the CFEH as well as through lecturing and speaking engagements in Australia and overseas.
Mr Yapp has also made a significant contribution to Optometry NSW/ACT and Optometry Australia, most recently presenting at OA’s collaborative care symposium and advising on enhanced scope of practice in NSW and nationally.
Optometry Australia said Mr Yapp commenced his new role at OA in early August, while continuing in his role with CFEH.