Philanthropy/Volunteer Work

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;

Auckland Regional Charity Hospital

Auckland Eye Ophthalmologists are proud to be involved with the Auckland Charity Hospital Trust (ARCH), providing free cataract surgery for patients who have been ineligible for publicly funded surgery and are without the financial support necessary to cover the cost of private surgery.This is further development of our philanthropic endeavours as several of our Doctors participate annually in additional charitable work.

ARCH was established to provide much needed pro bono elective surgery to those in immediate need. The organisation operates out of established private facilities, including Auckland Eye, at cost or no charge and the volunteer surgeons involved also provide their services at no charge.

Optometrists, GP's and Ophthalmologists can refer patients to ARCH for consideration for free cataract surgery, provided they meet the following referral criteria. i.e. you are unable to afford private cataract surgery, you do not have private health insurance, you are a NZ permanent resident, and you have been referred to the public health system and declined. You must also be showing signs of significant vision loss which is impacting your quality of life (e.g. loss of drivers licence).

If you want to find out more information about ARCH visit www.aucklandcharityhospital.org

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.

Philip also supports the Te Rangimarie Trust and the Te Whakaora Trust. Both organisations assist the underprivileged and vulnerable within the Auckland community.

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 Criteriadevelopment 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 Alison Pereira:

Every year a small group of eye doctors from Auckland 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 Alison Pereira from Auckland Eye.

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, with thousands of operations completed over the years.

       

 Dr Alison Pereira examining a patient

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