Published on 2 April 2012
2 April 2012
A prominent Brisbane ophthalmologist, who has been instrumental in delivering eye health services to remote indigenous communities, will become an Honorary Doctor of the University of the Sunshine Coast this week.
Glaucoma and cataract surgery specialist at the Vision Eye Institute in Brisbane, Dr Mark Loane, will receive the honorary award at USC’s Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday 4 April.
Dr Loane said he believed in making a contribution to society and felt honoured to be recognised for his work.
“I am very pro-Australian and I think this is a fair country,” he said. “If you are going to have a fair country, you need to make it as equitable as possible. And if you have a chance to do that, then you should do it.
“I was lucky enough to choose ophthalmology because it allows you to have a significant effect on people’s lives with minimal surgical intervention.”
Dr Loane said his love for isolated towns stemmed from his childhood.
“I grew up in remote places like Cooktown, Sarina and Ingham,” he said. “Cooktown had a dramatic effect on me because I was about eight years old when I lived there. I fell in love with Cape York at the time and it is a pleasure now to be able to go back there.”
Dr Loane received a Member of the Order of Australia in 2011 for services to medicine in the field of ophthalmology. He has a Fellowship in Corneal Transplantation and External Eye Disease at Flinders Medical Centre in South Australia and a Fellowship in Glaucoma at the University of California.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said Dr Loane was highly regarded and respected for making a difference in indigenous communities.
“Dr Loane was instrumental in developing the innovative Cape York Eye Health Project which delivered eye health services to remote communities in Cape York Peninsula,” he said. “It was a system which allowed more effective and efficient care to be provided to more patients, with little increase in resource cost.”
— Michelle Widdicombe