Population growth and ageing will increase the number of people with vision loss. Vision loss presents unique functional, physical, emotional and social challenges for people as they age. The aim of our research is to investigate the mechanisms that promote or inhibit healthy ageing in people with vision loss. This understanding informs the design, implementation and evaluation of pragmatic health promotion interventions which tackle the key issues faced by this population. 


The major areas of research in the Vision Loss and Healthy Ageing Research Group are: 

  • Falls, injuries and physical health. 
  • Mental health.
  • Driver safety. 
  • Cost effectiveness of orientation and mobility training. 

We use multi-methodological approaches to achieve our research goals. This includes epidemiologic studies, in-depth qualitative inquiries, large scale data-linkage using health data, implementation science principles, and co-production with community partners and end-users. Our multidisciplinary research group includes leading epidemiologists and healthcare practitioners in the areas of optometry, psychology, and medicine. 

Our researchers have published their findings in international journals and presented at prestigious international conferences, including at the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology (ARVO), the World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, and the International Symposium of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). 

Current local members

Professor

Lisa Keay

T: +61 2 9385 5372
E: l.keay@unsw.edu.au

Office: Level 3, Room 3.003 Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Lisa Dillon
Research Associate

Lisa Dillon

E: lisa.dillon1@unsw.edu.au

Office: Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Senior Lecturer & Lead - Low Vision, UNSW Optometry Clinic

Sharon Oberstein

T: +61 2 9385 4624
E: s.oberstein@unsw,edu,au 

Office: Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Associate Professor

Isabelle Jalbert

T: +61 2 9385 9816
E: i.jalbert@unsw.edu.au

Office: Room 3.029 Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Associate Professor

Blanka Golebiowski

T: +61 2 9385 4502
E: b.golebiowski@unsw.edu.au

Office: Room 3.005 Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Sheela Kumaran

E: sheela.kumaran@unsw.edu.au

Office: Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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Research Assistant / Project Manager

Kerrie Ren

E: kerrie.ren@unsw.edu.au

Office: Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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PhD Candidate

Helen Nguyen

E: helen.nguyen1@unsw.edu.au

Office: Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052

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PhD Candidate

Ye Peng Peng

E: pye@georgeinstitute.org.au

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PhD Candidate

Ashleigh Chandra

E: ashleigh.chandra@student.unsw.edu.au

Office: Rupert Myers Building (North Wing) UNSW, Kensington 2052 

External Associates

  • A/Prof Bamini Gopinath, University of Sydney 
  • Prof Maree Hackett, The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW 
  • Dr Lil Deverell, Swinburne University 
  • Dr Vijaya Gothwal, Visiting Professor, SOVS UNSW Sydney, LV Prasad Eye Institute, India 
  • A/Prof Anne Tiedemann, University of Sydney 
  • Prof Cathie Sherrington, University of Sydney 
  • A/Prof Kris Rogers, The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW 
  • Prof Pradeep Ramulu, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Prof Peter McCluskey, Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney 
  • Prof Lindy Clemson, University of Sydney 
  • Prof Rebecca Ivers, UNSW
  • Prof Stephen Jan, The George Institute for Global Health, UNSW 
  • Dr Maoyi Tian, The George Institute for Global Health, China
  • Prof Kathleen Clapham, Australian Health Services Research Institute, The University of Wollongong 
  • Prof Judy Simpson, The University of Sydney