Auckland Eye Doctor's Philanthropy/Volunteer work
Our team of doctors at Auckland Eye are committed to giving back to the community wherever possible. They love being able to help people who may not otherwise have access to life changing ophthalmic services. In addition, they have a strong focus on helping to educate and support students and eye specialists within New Zealand and our neighbouring developing countries.
This is a small selection of the work they do;
Dr Justin Mora:
Justin works closely with a charity organisation called 'Sight for All'. He volunteers his time to help train local Ophthalmologists in Laos and Cambodia to be the first Paediatric eye specialists for their respective countries.
Justin also teaches and is an examiner at the Pacific Eye Institute in Fiji. This is a Fred Hollows sponsored training hospital for the South Pacific.
Justin is an honorary Senior Lecturer for the University of Auckland Medical School, teaching medical and optometry students and international Fellows in Paediatric Ophthalmology. He examined for RANZCO for 10 years, was Chief Examiner for RANZCO for 5 years and is now Head of Education for RANZCO in Australia and New Zealand.
Operating at Mahosot Hospital In the operating room Justin with the resident doctors A boy being examined
Dr Philip Polkinghorne:
Philip has just finished a 10 year term on the RANZCO examiners board, and continues to teach eye registrars and VR fellows whenever the opportunity arises.
Dr Stuart Carroll:
Stuart is a medical volunteer for 'Sight For All', an Australian non-profit organisation. He helps to up-skill paediatric ophthalmologists in Hanoi, Vietnam; Vientiane, Laos, Phnom Penh and Cambodia.
He has also travelled to Bougainville, Papua New Guinea for volunteer work.
Stuart is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of Auckland, where he teaches medical students, optometry students and registrars. In addition, he is the Auckland representative for the Qualifications and Education Committee of RANZCO, supervising and co-ordinating Auckland registrar training in Ophthalmology and an examiner for the RANZCO examinations.
Paediatric examination Stu with doctors in Cambodia Children being examined
Dr David Pendergrast:
David has completed a number of 2 to 3 week volunteer surgical trips to Bougainville ( Papua New Guinea) in 2008 and 2009 and more recently Taveuni (Northern Fiji) in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is planning another Fiji trip in November 2017. He is a trustee for VOSO (Voluntary Ophthalmic Surgery Overseas) the organisation that co-ordinates voluntary Optometric and Ophthalmic services to many of the island states of the Pacific.
David is an honorary Senior Lecturer in Ophthalmology, University of Auckland, where he teaches medical students, optometry students and registrars. In addition, he teaches a corneal fellow at Greenlane Clinical Centre.
Also at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Auckland, David is the Medical Director of the New Zealand National Eye Bank.
Trip to Taveuni Line of waiting patients Operating in Taveuni Happy patients post-procedure
Dr Stephen Best:
Stephen has been closely involved with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) both in NZ and Australia. This has included roles as a NZ executive, NZ Br Chair 2005-6, a RANZCO Board Director 2003-2014, and as RANZCO President 2012-2014. He remains involved with RANZCO as a member of the Trainee Progression Committee.
Stephen is also involved with voluntary teaching through the charity organisation 'Sight for All'. He travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam in 2013 to teach near-ophthalmology and to Myanmar in November 2016 to teach neuro-ophthalmology.
Sight for All in Vietnam Examination by students With 3 Fellows at Yangong Eye Hospital
Dr Dean Corbett
e-CPAC (Clinical Priority Assessment Criteria) development and implementation
In 2000 on return from overseas fellowship training in Melbourne and London Dean became acutely aware of the inequities in access to eye care across New Zealand as a result of inconsistent assessment processes and access to funding within the various New Zealand regions.
Following this, he has become active taking on chairmanship of a group of Eye Doctors, Optometrists and GP's to develop an objective, robust and sophisticated electronic system which is web based and accessible throughout New Zealand. This system provides a single, consistent method with which to prioritise patient need for eye surgery.
To date, the system has been expanded and will eventually involve all elective surgical specialties. This will ultimately lead to alignment of funding to ensure all NZ patients are treated equally across the country.
Dr Paul Rosser, Dr Jo Sims and Dr Alison Pereira:
Every year a small group of eye doctors from Auckland Eye travel to the Cook Islands to provide treatment for residents who are otherwise unable to access life changing eye surgery. In May 2017, the group included Dr Paul Rosser, Dr Jo Sims and Dr Alison Pereira.
Each doctor spent approximately a week each in the Islands, assessing patients, providing treatment and performing surgery for those who need it.
Normally 60 to 70 patients are seen each trip and Dr Paul Rosser in particular estimates he has carried out more than 1000 cataract operations during his many visits to the Cook Islands over the last 25 years.
Dr Rosser says "We're the only team that comes and operates on them, once a year. Some patients could be blind in two eyes, some patients are blind in one eye or some patients have just got two quite bad eyes and we'll treat one of their eyes so they can see again."
"It's a huge thing for the people, because it gives them their sight".
Dr Paul Rosser with the team Dr Alison Pereira examining a patient