Optometry Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce

Information about the Optometry Clinical Committee – MBS item range, membership and meeting dates.

Page last updated: 09 November 2018

MBS item range
Meeting dates

MBS item range

Total - 32 MBS Items
Category 1 – Professional Attendances

  • Group A10 – Optometrical Services
    10905 – 10948 (32 items)


MemberSelected Relevant Background
Adjunct Associate Professor Phil Anderton (Chair)Semi-retired optometrist and academic at University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science.
Conducts semi-annual visits to rural and remote areas to provide eye checks as part of the Visiting Optometrist Scheme. Convenor of the Rural Optometry Group of the Optometrists Association Australia and sits on the council of the National Rural Health Alliance.
Mr Andrew Harris Private practising optometrist with over 25 years’ experience. Also practises at Royal Melbourne Hospital. Board member of 2020 Vision.
Adjunct Associate Professor Mark FelthamPrivately practising optometrist servicing Canberra and the wider hinterland.
Mr Garry Fitzpatrick Non-practising consultant for eye health industry - with clients including Specsavers. Also consults in New Zealand.
Former member of the Optometry Board of Australia
Ms Paula Katalinic Centre for Eye Health, University of New South Wales (Principal Staff Optometrist, Lead Clinician - Diabetes). Professional Services and Advocacy Manager at Optometry NSW/ACT.
Professor Allison McKendrick Head of Optometry and Vision Sciences at University of Melbourne - specialises in Ageing vision, clinical psychophysics, perimetry, glaucoma.
Associate Professor Paul Healey Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney; Ophthalmic surgeon, glaucoma and cataract, diseases of the eye; Board member and Treasurer of the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Society; Pacific Coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology; Steering Committee member and Chair of the Associate Advisory Board, Bylaws and the World Glaucoma Day Committees of the World Glaucoma Association. A member of the MBS Review Ophthalmology Clinical Committee
Associate Professor Stephanie Watson Cataract, cornea and laser surgeon; Professor, Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney; Chair of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia; State representative, Australian and New Zealand Corneal Society. A member of the MBS Review Ophthalmology Clinical Committee
Dr Linda Mann General practitioner in Sydney with an interest in Aboriginal health care who also practices in Northern Territory. A member of the MBS Review Ophthalmology Clinical Committee
Ms Rebecca James MBS Review Consumer panel member and MBS Review Taskforce member
Ms Helen Maxwell-Wright MBS Review Consumer panel member
Professor Adam Elshaug (Ex Officio)Professor of Health Policy, HCF Research Foundation Professorial Research Fellow, co-Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the University of Sydney. Heads the Value in Health Care Division with MCHP, is Senior Fellow with the Lown Institute in Boston, a member of the Choosing Wisely Australia advisory group, the Choosing Wisely International Planning Committee, the ACSQHC’s Atlas of Healthcare Variation Advisory Group, and an elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand.
MBS Review Taskforce member and member of the MBS Review Ophthalmology Clinical Committee.

Meeting dates

  • 25 October 2018
  • 2 November 2018
  • 26 November 2018