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How can St John Ambulance (Qld) bring us closer in this time of social distancing?

With Covid-19 and its companions self-isolation and social distancing impacting every aspect in our community, one can’t but wonder at what a changed world we now live in!


That’s why, as Chair of the St John Ambulance Ophthalmic Program in Queensland, it gives me great pleasure in inviting you to join me in an online ‘Eyes of St John Symposium’ on Thursday 23 July 2020 from 7.30-9pm via Zoom (registration details to follow).


Eyes of St John – a Symposium

With most of the world either working, studying or caring for family in the home or preparing to return to a changed workplace/environment, I’m excited to bring you this opportunity to re-connect with our St John Ambulance Qld colleagues and friends, albeit in an online setting.


The symposium aims to raise awareness in the Queensland community of the vital volunteer work and projects of St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. It’s free to register for all St John members, though members of the public are welcome to make a small donation of any amount they see fit. All proceeds will go towards the volunteer work of our Ophthalmic Program.


Meet our guest speakers

Our esteemed guest speakers will share their insights and what matters today in the area of the St John Ophthalmic Program. As your moderator of the first ever St John Ambulance Qld online symposium open to St John members and the public, I’d be happy to take your questions via the Q&A chat function on Zoom.


‘Eyes of St John’ by Professor Nitin Verma AM OTL CStJ

FRANZCO MD MMed DipNBE Arzt fur Augenheilkunde


Clinical Professor Nitin Verma is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Hobart Eye Surgeons where he has been working for the past 18 years. He was Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Royal Hobart Hospital until recently and now attends there as a Visiting Medical Specialist. Nitin is a Clinical Professor at the University of Tasmania's Medical School and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.


Nitin is an actively practicing comprehensive Ophthalmologist with special interests in macular disease, teleophthalmology and international eye health. Besides his engagement in clinical research in these subjects, he also provides ophthalmic emergency services for the six Australian Antarctic Divisions’ bases. 


Nitin is the Hospitaller of the Order of St John Australia and was invested as Commander of The Order of St John in 2017.


‘Ophthalmic Outreach’ by Associate Professor William Glasson AO



Dr William Glasson graduated from the University of Queensland in 1980 and completed his residency at the Princess Alexandra Hospital and the Mater Hospital. After completing his ophthalmic training in Brisbane, he undertook postgraduate training in London in the area of ocular oncology as well as working in the area of lid and lacrimal pathology. Dr Glasson joined the Terrace Eye Centre in 1988.


Dr Glasson is a general ophthalmologist with a special interest in ocular oncology, refractive surgery and lacrimal surgery. He is currently a consultant ophthalmologist at the Mater Public Hospital, 2nd Field Hospital Enoggera and Longreach Base Hospital. He is a past President of the Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. He is a consultant ophthalmologist to the Australian Army and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He provides outreach services to the Australian indigenous population as well as providing ophthalmic services in East Timor. Dr Glasson also conducts ophthalmology clinics at Longreach, Winton, Barcaldine and Blackall. 


Dr Glasson was the National Hospitaller of St John and a member of the National Executive board from 2006-2007.


‘Insights of Jerusalem – a Volunteer’s View’ by Liz Coffey MStJ

Since joining St John Ambulance Qld, initially as a uniformed first aid volunteer in 1999, Liz has spent the last 20 years actively volunteering in a range of roles in Queensland, including Divisional Manager, State Training Officer and is currently engaged in an advisory capacity as a State Councillor. Liz was admitted as a Member of The Order in 2016.


Liz’s career as a Registered Nurse in a bustling Metropolitan Emergency Department in Brisbane keeps her professional skills sharpened. Liz has recently been appointed the Australian Ambassador to the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem after volunteering at the hospital for three weeks in October 2018.


Her passion and vision for the Ophthalmic Program’s future will captivate, educate and inspire all to elevate their support for the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.


Moderator – Associate Professor Graham Lee


Associate Professor Graham Lee is one of a few specialists who has completed both corneal and external diseases (Moorfield’s Eye Hospital, London) and glaucoma fellowships (Birmingham and Midlands Eye Hospital, Birmingham).


Graham works in private (City Eye Centre and Brisbane North Eye Centre) and public clinics (Mater and Queensland Children’s Hospitals) managing cataract, anterior segment, corneal transplantation and glaucoma drainage procedures. Graham has been involved with the selection and training of Ophthalmology registrars and previously held the position of Director of Qualifications & Education in Queensland, being recognised as a trainer of excellence. Graham is passionate about clinical research, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and book chapters in major texts.


Graham has been the recipient of national and international awards, including the Australasian Cataract & Refractive Society Film Festival twice and the World Glaucoma Congress Film Festival in Vancouver. Graham has presented more than 200 lectures worldwide and has a special interest in developing countries including Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Nepal.  He has co-founded a website to promote high quality in-depth teaching of ophthalmology.


Graham is the Chair of the Queensland arm of the St John Ophthalmic Program.


How to register

Below Is  the  information on how to register for this online Eyes of St John Symposium via Zoom (clicking on the Zoom link will allow you to self-install the app if you don’t already have Zoom on your device).

I hope to see you there!


A/Prof Graham Lee

Chair – St John Ambulance Ophthalmic Program



Topic: Eyes of St John

Time: Jul 23, 2020 07:30 PM Brisbane


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