Good friend and optometric colleague awarded AC in the Queen’s Birthday Honours


My good friend and colleague Professor Nathan Efron AC has been honoured with the Queen’s Birthday Honours most senior recognition – a Companion in the Order of Australia.  Nathan was awarded for his eminent service to medicine in the field of clinical optometry – particularly as an academic, researcher and author – and also for his research in to the treatment of juvenile diabetes.


Nathan is a world renowned academic and researcher in the field of contact lens practice and he has also edited a number of contact lens textbooks (to which I have contributed chapters).  He is a brilliant and entertaining lecturer and his contributions to the ophthalmic and scientific literature are almost immeasurable.  Nathan has also not been afraid to challenge popular thinking with his research and, in the same way, he is happy to provoke controversy – whether it be when speaking or writing – when he believes that adopted conventions or beliefs regarding certain clinical or scientific topics are not necessarily correct.


I have known Nathan for over 25 years.  He was originally one of my lecturers when I was doing my optometry degree.  Continuing on from there, he has been a wonderful mentor and a great inspiration during my time in clinical practice, as well as a very good friend and confidante.  Nathan is undoubtedly a worthy recipient of this Queen’s Birthday Honour and it is fantastic to see him duly recognized with this wonderful award.