Education plays a vital part in our purpose of saving sight, and QEI brings together professionals with a common goal to gain new knowledge in vision sciences and to work towards reducing vision loss. QEI’s Ophthalmologists run events for Optometrists and Ophthalmologists, which are integral to medical education with over 700 attendees in the last year. QEI, makes education available in regional and remote areas, so Ophthalmologists, Registrars and Doctors from all over Australia can dial in live or access the recordings to our Grand Rounds.
As part of his commitment to education, QEI’s Glaucoma Specialist and Clinical Epidemiologist, Professor Ravi Thomas visits India on a yearly basis. He lectures on glaucoma and provides hands-on teaching and the transferring of required clinical skills, and he also teaches the principles and practice of evidence based ophthalmology. The Vision Glaucoma program was started while Professor Thomas worked in India, and with ongoing support from Allergan and Zeiss in India has continued since he moved to QEI. The program focusses on smaller hospitals and cities, and aims to provide an upskilling for Ophthalmologists working there. “Teaching in India is a way for me to give back to my country where I received my education.” says Professor Thomas. This year’s teaching program took place at hospitals in New Delhi, Lucknow, Patna, Kochi, Thrissur and ended with a conference in Bangalore. Here are a few photos of his recent teaching tour!