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Associate Professor Philip Anderton BOptom BSc MSc PhD is a semi-retired academic optometrist who lives in Manilla, a town with a population of 3000 in rural Northern NSW. Philip was a full time staff member of the School of Optometry at the University of New South Wales, between 1978 and 2005. His research interests include visual psychophysics, retinal and visual physiology, retinal pharmacology, tear film biochemistry and rheology, and the role of ophthalmic primary care by optometrists in rural health. He is currently a Visiting Optometrist one day per week at Manilla Hospital, and runs Aboriginal Eye and Vision outreach clinics with a local Aboriginal Health Worker at various Aboriginal Medical Services and Land Council buildings. He works closely with the local GPs and regional ophthalmologists in this area.
Philip has a passion for the multidisciplinary nature of rural health, including the role played by the local optometrists who provide skilled primary ophthalmic care to patients shared with local GPs and regional ophthalmologists. He formed the Rural Optometry Group of the Optometrists Association Australia in 2007. This body is currently a member of the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) and Philip is its current chair and nominee on the NRHA Council. He is interested in developing innovative health education programs which minimize the dislocation of rural students from their homes, and which utilise quality remote learning and the remarkable skill and scope of practice of local practitioners.