Mr Rajendra Gyawali
Casual Academic

Mr Rajendra Gyawali

BOptom (Hons.); MOptom; FAAO

Medicine & Health
School of Optometry and Vision Science

Rajendra is an optometrist trained in Nepal and South Africa. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and Ezell Fellow (2019). He has over 10 years of experience in clinical practice, program coordination, teaching and research in various parts of the world including Nepal, Maldives, Malawi, Eritrea, Vietnam and Australia. He has research interests in evidence-based practice, refractive error and visual impairment, glaucoma, eye care in marginalized communities and patient centered eye care delivery.

As a UNSW Scientia Scholar, Rajendra is currently working in health service research, with a focus on improving the appropriate care delivered by optometrists. His research involves development and assessment of clinical practice guidelines and indicators, qualitative research and investigation of healthcare providers behavior and behavior change strategies. 

  • Journal articles | 2022
    Gyawali R; Ho KC; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Keay L; Hibbert P; Wiles L; Jalbert I, 2022, 'Level of appropriate primary diabetic eyecare delivered and achievable in optometry practices in Australia', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, pp. 1 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164622.2022.2033107
    Journal articles | 2022
    Gyawali R; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Keay L; Chun Ho K; Jalbert I, 2022, 'Multiple things going on at the same time: determinants of appropriate primary diabetic eyecare delivery', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 42, pp. 71 - 81, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12912
    Journal articles | 2022
    Ho KC; Elliott D; Charlesworth E; Gyawali R; Keay L, 2022, 'Feasibility of Implementing Recommendations to Reduce Fall Risk in Older People: A Delphi Study', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 99, pp. 18 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OPX.0000000000001829
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gyawali R; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Dillon L; Zangerl B; Keay L; Jalbert I, 2021, 'Quality of 2019 American optometric association clinical practice guideline for diabetic eye care', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 41, pp. 165 - 170, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12763
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gyawali R; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Zangerl B; Dillon L; Ho KC; Keay L; Alkhawajah SMM; Liew G; Jalbert I, 2021, 'Systematic review of diabetic eye disease practice guidelines: more applicability, transparency and development rigor are needed', Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, vol. 140, pp. 56 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclinepi.2021.08.031
    Journal articles | 2021
    Gyawali R; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Zangerl B; Dillon L; Keay L; Liew G; Jalbert I, 2021, 'Quality of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council’s clinical practice guidelines for the management of diabetic retinopathy', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 104, pp. 864 - 870, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164622.2021.1880862
    Journal articles | 2021
    Toomey M; Gyawali R; Stapleton F; Ho KC; Keay L; Jalbert I, 2021, 'Facilitators and barriers to the delivery of eye care by optometrists: a systematic review using the theoretical domains framework', Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, vol. 41, pp. 782 - 797, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/opo.12801
    Journal articles | 2020
    Gyawali R; Adhikary R; Kandel H, 2020, 'Allied eye health professionals in eye care services in Nepal.', Community Eye Health, vol. 33, pp. S9 - S10, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/34007118
    Journal articles | 2019
    Gyawali R; Bhayal BK, 2019, 'Practice scope and job confidence of two-year trained optometry technicians in Eritrea', BMC Medical Education, vol. 19, pp. 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12909-019-1738-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Gyawali R; Moodley VR, 2018, 'Need for optical intervention in children attending a school for the blind in Eritrea', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 101, pp. 565 - 570, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cxo.12601
    Journal articles | 2017
    Gyawali R; Bhayal BK; Adhikary R; Shrestha A; Sah RP, 2017, 'Retrospective data on causes of childhood vision impairment in Eritrea', BMC Ophthalmology, vol. 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12886-017-0609-x
    Journal articles | 2017
    Gyawali R; Moodley VR, 2017, 'Causes of Childhood Vision Impairment in the School for the Blind in Eritrea', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 94, pp. 1138 - 1144, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OPX.0000000000001142
    Journal articles | 2016
    Kaphle D; Gyawali R; Kandel H; Reading A; Msosa JM, 2016, 'Vision Impairment and Ocular Morbidity in a Refugee Population in Malawi', Optometry and Vision Science, vol. 93, pp. 188 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/OPX.0000000000000775
    Journal articles | 2014
    Gyawali R; Nestha Mohamed F; Bist J; Kandel H; Marasini S; Khadka J, 2014, 'Compliance and hygiene behaviour among soft contact lens wearers in the Maldives', Clinical and Experimental Optometry, vol. 97, pp. 43 - 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cxo.12069
    Journal articles | 2014
    Gyawali R; Sarkar N, 2014, 'Glaucoma awareness in a hospital presenting population in eastern Nepal', Journal of Glaucoma, vol. 23, pp. 594 - 598, http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/IJG.0b013e31828700de
    Journal articles | 2013
    Marasini S; Kaiti R; Mahato RK; Gyawali R; Nepal BP, 2013, 'Informed consent in patients undergoing eye surgery: A qualitative study assessing their attitude, knowledge and anxiety level in a community based hospital of Nepal', Journal of Optometry, vol. 6, pp. 147 - 153, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optom.2013.02.001
    Journal articles | 2012
    Gyawali R; Paudel N; Adhikari P, 2012, 'Quality of life in Nepalese patients with low vision and the impact of low vision services', Journal of Optometry, vol. 5, pp. 188 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.optom.2012.05.002
  • Conference Papers | 2022
    Toomey M; Ho KC; Gyawali R; Stapleton F; Wiles L; Hibbert P; Keay L; Jalbert I, 2022, 'The appropriateness of and barriers to glaucoma care delivery by Australian optometrists', in Clinical and Experimental Optometry, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, ELECTR NETWORK, pp. 593 - 601, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), ELECTR NETWORK, 01 May 2020 - 07 May 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08164622.2021.2004861
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Gyawali R; Toomey M; Stapleton F; Zangerl B; Dillon L; Ho KC; Keay L; Alkhawajah SM; Liew G; Jalbert I, 2021, 'Eyes on guidelines: evaluating the quality of diabetic eye disease clinical practice guidelines', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000690761600761&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Gyawali R; Toomey M; Ho KC; Alkhawajah SMM; Zangerl B; Dillon L; Keay L; Stapleton F; Liew G; Jalbert I, 2020, 'Quality of the National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Diabetic Retinopathy in Australia', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, ELECTR NETWORK, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), ELECTR NETWORK, 01 May 2020 - 07 May 2020, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000554495703123&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2020
    Ho KC; Elliott DB; Charlesworth E; Gyawali R; Keay L, 2020, 'A Delphi Consensus study to determine the feasibility of implementing guidelines for refractive management of older patients at risk of falls', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, ELECTR NETWORK, Vol. 61, presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), ELECTR NETWORK, 01 May 2020 - 07 May 2020, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000554528300247&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

William C. Ezell Fellowship (AAOF) (2019) 

American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Travel Award. 2015 

World Council of Optometry Travel Award 2015  

Eritrean Research Fund award (2014 and 2015) 

India Vision Institute Grant 2013

Gyawali, R., & Bhayal, B. K. (2019). Practice scope and job confidence of two-year trained optometry technicians in Eritrea. BMC Medical Education, 19(1). doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1738-0

Gyawali, R., & Moodley, V. R. (2018). Need for optical intervention in children attending a school for the blind in Eritrea. CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL OPTOMETRY, 101(4), 565-570. doi:10.1111/cxo.12601

Gyawali, R., & Moodley, V. R. (2017). Causes of Childhood Vision Impairment in the School for the Blind in Eritrea. Optometry and Vision Science, 94(12), 1138-1144. doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000001142

Gyawali, R., Bhayal, B. K., Adhikary, R., Shrestha, A., & Sah, R. P. (2017). Retrospective data on causes of childhood vision impairment in Eritrea. BMC Ophthalmology, 17(1). doi:10.1186/s12886-017-0609-x

Kaphle, D., Gyawali, R., Kandel, H., Reading, A., & Msosa, J. M. (2016). Vision Impairment and Ocular Morbidity in a Refugee Population in Malawi. Optometry and Vision Science, 93(2), 188-193. doi:10.1097/OPX.0000000000000775

Gyawali, R., & Sarkar, N. (2014). Glaucoma awareness in a hospital presenting population in eastern Nepal. Journal of Glaucoma, 23(9), 594-598. doi:10.1097/IJG.0b013e31828700de

Gyawali, R., Nestha Mohamed, F., Bist, J., Kandel, H., Marasini, S., & Khadka, J. (2014). Compliance and hygiene behaviour among soft contact lens wearers in the Maldives. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 97(1), 43-47. doi:10.1111/cxo.12069

Marasini, S., Kaiti, R., Mahato, R. K., Gyawali, R., & Nepal, B. P. (2013). Informed consent in patients undergoing eye surgery: A qualitative study assessing their attitude, knowledge and anxiety level in a community based hospital of Nepal. Journal of Optometry, 6(3), 147-153. doi:10.1016/j.optom.2013.02.001

Gyawali, R., Paudel, N., & Adhikari, P. (2012). Quality of life in Nepalese patients with low vision and the impact of low vision services. Journal of Optometry, 5(4), 188-195. doi:10.1016/j.optom.2012.05.002