Four of my optometric colleagues were awarded the OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours – Ms Jane Duffy, Mr Peter Lewis, Mr Peter Stewart and Mrs Susan Walton.

Jane was awarded for her service to community health, particularly for her outstanding work in the management and regulation of optometry services.  Jane is a brilliant administrator with a passion for her profession of optometry and it is great to see her wonderful efforts acknowledged.  Peter Lewis received his award for service to optometry, most notably for the provision of eye care in Indonesia and East Timor.  Similarly, Peter Stewart was awarded for service to the international community through the provision of eye health programs.  Needless to say, both Petes have sacrificed many hours away from their own optometric practices to be involved with these overseas programs.  Susan Walton received her award for service to community health, particularly for her role in providing eye care – on a voluntary basis for over 20 years – to those with special needs as part of the Opening Eyes branch of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes program.

All four optometrists are very worthy recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours and it is fantastic to see them all duly recognized with this appropriate award.