We are delighted to see Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton, Conjoint Professor Arthur Ho and The Late Richard Grills recognised in the 2023 Kings Birthday Honours List. 

Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton AO

Scientia Professor Fiona Stapleton has been recognised with an Order of Australia (AO) “for her distinguished service to optometry as a researcher, mentor and role model, to tertiary education, and to national and international organisations”.

Fiona is a clinical scientist with expertise in basic and translational research in the fields of contact lens related disease, corneal infection and dry eye. She leads several diversity initiatives including those in gender equity at UNSW where she is the academic lead for SAGE Athena Swan. Fiona has supervised 52 PhD students to completion including 38 female PhD students (20 of which have come from developing counties).

“I am really humbled by the nomination for this award and absolutely thrilled to be recognised. I am truly grateful to my amazing higher degree students and colleagues around the world”, Scientia Professor Stapleton said.

Conjoint Professor Arthur Ho AM

Conjoint Professor Arthur Ho one of our longest serving visiting academics here at UNSW School of Optometry & Vision Science has been recognised with an Member of the Order (AM).

Arthur has been acknowledged for his "significant service to optometry as a researcher, designer and educator".

The current Chief Scientist at the Brien Holden Vision Institute Arthur received his PhD in 1990 for research into the permeability of the corneal epithelium and endothelium as a result of contact lens wear and corneal surgery.

Arthur’s current research focus is in myopia and presbyopia and particularly in understanding the opto-mechanical characteristics of the accommodation system.

The Late Richard Grills AM

The late Richard Grills has been honoured with a Member of the Order (AM). His posthumous AM was awarded for his “significant service to community eye health, and to the ophthalmic optics industry”.

Richard’s invaluable contributions as a dedicated member of our UNSW School of Optometry & Vision Science Visiting Committee, passionate advocate for our School and students and his kind-hearted nature are deeply missed by all.