Alumni Continuing Education Evening: Collaboration for Better Diabetes Outcomes

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science Alumni Continuing Education Evening with the theme, Collaboration for Better Diabetes Outcomes on the 18th September, 2019.

Join us as we gather together passionate speakers who are working on initiatives that will enhance our ability, as optometrists and vision scientists, to contribute to better diabetes outcomes for our patients and the community. We have two distinguished keynote speakers; Associate Professor Gerald Liew, who will speak on the on latest advances/best practice in ophthalmologic management of diabetic eye disease, and Prof. Glen Maberly, a senior staff specialist endocrinologist who will talk about the Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative. We also have an excellent line up of speakers, a panel discussion and rolling digital posters where you will have the opportunity to ask questions of our presenters. We hope to see you at this highlight of the School Alumni calendar

Professor Lisa Keay, Head of School.


When:                Wednesday, 18th September, 2019

Where:               School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales,               

                           Rupert Myers Building, Kensington Campus (enter Gate 14, Barker Street)



5.30-6.20 pm:     Registration - UNSW Optometry Clinic and Refreshments

6.25-6.30 pm:     Official Welcome and Address - Professor Lisa Keay, Head, School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW

6.30-7.50 pm:   

Keynote 1: Professor Glen Maberly, “The Western Sydney Diabetes Initiative”

Speaker: Dr Stephanie Hyams “The General Practitioner perspective”

Speaker: Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert “Optometric practice”

Keynote 2: Associate Professor Gerald Liew “Latest advances/best practice in ophthalmologic management of diabetic eye disease”

7.50-8.10 pm     Panel Discussion moderated by Professor Lisa Keay. Speakers will be joined by Joseph Nazarian and Amira Howari

8.10-8.25 pm     Digital poster presentations – tea, coffee and refreshments, Q&A

8.25-8.30 pm     Lucky door prize and Close


RSVP:                by 11th September, 2019

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More about our speakers:

Professor Glen Maberly


Prof Glen Maberly is a Senior Staff Specialist Endocrinologist at Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals, and the Director Western Sydney Diabetes at Western Sydney Local Health District. Currently Glen is the driving force behind the Western Sydney Diabetes (WSD), which was set up to address the epidemic of diabetes in greater western Sydney, where it is estimated that more than 50 per cent of its residents are overweight or obese, and at high risk of diabetes.  Throughout his career, Prof Maberly has focused on fostering public-private-civic partnerships and bring public health evidence based research findings to large scale implementation.

Associate Professor Gerald Liew 


A/Prof Gerald Liew is a Medical Retina subspecialist. His expertise is in the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with retinal conditions, in particular macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and inherited retinal diseases.

Gerald graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney Medical School with first class honours, undertook general medical training at Concord, Royal Prince Alfred and Westmead hospitals, and completed ophthalmology specialty training at Sydney Eye Hospital. He then undertook subspecialty fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, with a focus on medical retinal / macular conditions and inherited retinal diseases. These fellowships were supported by the Royal Australian New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) Eye Foundation.

He is heavily involved in research including clinical trials of treatments for retinal conditions, methods to improve diagnosis and monitoring of macular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, and investigating the underlying causes of retinal diseases such as macular degeneration. He has been awarded a MMed and PhD from the University of Sydney and has published over 150 peer reviewed research articles in major journals with leading international specialists from Australia, UK, USA and Singapore. He is an Associate Professor with the Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney and a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO), and European Society of Retinal Specialists (EuRetina). He is also a Staff Specialist at Westmead Hospital, and a Visiting Medical Officer at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead.

Gerald’s interests include age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions and inherited retinal dystrophies such as retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt dystrophy.

Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert 

Isabelle Jalbert

Dr Isabelle Jalbert is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, as well as Associate Dean International and Engagement for the Faculty of Science at UNSW Sydney. Isabelle is an optometrist and public health practitioner who teaches Anterior Eye Therapeutics to UNSW optometry students. She received the 2018 UNSW Science Faculty Award for Teaching Innovation. Isabelle’s research focuses on evidence-based eye care and the ocular surface. She uses mixed method approaches to measure and understand the factors that impact eye care practitioners’ knowledge and their ability to deliver the best eye care possible. Dr Jalbert has authored more than 55 refereed papers and supervised more than 60 research students including 11 PhD. She is Associate Editor for the scientific journal Clinical Experimental Optometry and currently serves on the Board of Director of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. She was the 2015 June Griffith fellow and a past recipient of the international Garland Clay from the American Academy of Optometry and the Dallos research Awards from the British Contact Lens Association.

Dr Stephanie Hyams


Dr Stephanie Hyams (B.MedSc Hons, MBBS Hons, FRACGP) is a General Practitioner and fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. She has been a medical practitioner for close to 20 years and has had a diverse and varied background to date. After spending over 10 years working in Emergency Medicine she went on to train as a General Practitioner with an interest in diabetes prevention. Up until early 2019, she worked in a multidisciplinary diabetes prevention team and was involved with the management of patients and their health issues in a multi-touch point program. Dr Stephanie Hyams commenced her PhD in late 2018 and is currently focusing her project on the collaboration of medical and allied health professionals in order to improve ophthalmic patient outcomes.

Amira Howari


Dr. Amira Howari B.Optom (Hons) GradCertOcTher, M.Optom (UNSW) is a Senior Clinical Optometrist, Health Industry and Motivational Keynote Speaker; Diabetes Australia Ambassador. KeepSight Ambassador and former Optometry Australia Councillor (NSW/ACT). 

Dr. Howari has worked in corporate, independent, ophthalmology and pharmaceutical settings; and at The University of New South Wales as a guest lecturer and clinical supervisor. She currently also serves as a member of the Diabetes and Endocrine Network- Agency of Clinical Innovation (NSW Health) and was the founder of the PEACE conference. 

Dr. Howari speaks nationally and internationally on public and health industry platforms and freelance writes for health publications. Having lived with type one diabetes for over 26 years, she has proactive educational roles with various institutions and public health sectors. As a media commentator, Dr. Howari has also been interviewed in health magazines, print media, radio, on screen and social media.

Joseph Nazarian            


Joesph Nazarian received his undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Optometry in 1982 (UNSW) and his Masters in Science of Optometry in 1987 (UNSW).  He is currently a registered Optometrist practicing in Western Sydney and the Principle Optometrist at the Community Eye care Clinic (C-EYE-C) in Blacktown. He works in collaboration with Westmead Eye Hospital assessing Diabetic and Glaucoma patients. The C-EYE-C model was set up in 2016 with the help of Prof. Andrew White and Prof. Glen Maberly. Mr Nazarian also collaborates with local Medical Centres and doctors for the Diabetic care plans in assessing patients’ vision."        



Professor Lisa Keay 

Lisa Keay

Professor Lisa Keay is Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She has developed links with government, community organisations and other stakeholders to identify key, policy-relevant research questions and to answer them with high quality research.  Her research tackles the two major causes of injury to older people: falls and road traffic injuries.  Her work in road safety led to an ARC funded evaluation of a program to promote safe mobility for older drivers in 2014 with 4-year follow-up in 2017.  Her NHMRC funded trial evaluating targeted falls prevention for older people with vision impairment and blindness is in progress and new work is planned evaluating expedited cataract surgery and integrated refractive management to prevent falls in the larger number of older people with cataract.    She has acted in formal advisory roles to government agencies, regularly engages with the media and has held executive roles in peak bodies to translate her research into policy and practice.  Innovative strategies are being comprehensively evaluated which stand to prevent injury and make a difference to the lives of many older Australians.