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Mr Tim Fricke is the Director of Specialty & Community Services at the Australian College of Optometry. He is an honorary academic fellow at the University of Melbourne, the African Vision Research Institute, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Tim has training in optometry (including therapeutics), research and international development. He has held clinical care, teaching, research and management roles in private, public, community health, hospital and refugee camp settings in Australia, PNG and Tanzania. He has previously been Asia Pacific Research Manager at the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) and Head of Paediatric Services at the Australian College of Optometry.
Tim has extensive paediatric clinical experience, supervised post-graduate research in paediatric optometry and health economics, taught undergraduate and post-graduate eye care courses, researched vision development, epidemiology, quality of life and access to eye care, and provided continuing professional development for optometrists and other professionals. He has assisted local people to develop systems and skills for providing their own primary and specialised eye care in Tanzania, Burundi, Vietnam and Timor Leste.