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Medical Retina

The Medical Retina Unit has two clinical fellowship positions commencing in February each year. The unit is headed by Dr Alex Harper and there are twenty consultants attached to the unit, all of whom have completed subspecialty fellowship training in retina. In addition, there is a Medical Retina Research Fellowship which is supervised by Professor Robyn Guymer (Head of Macular Research Unit) and Associate Professor Lyndell Lim (Head of Ocular Immunology Clinic). All three fellowships have a mixture of clinical and research responsibilities.

Fellows are rostered to a selection of the five medical retina clinics, two ocular immunology clinics and two vitreoretinal surgery clinics per week at the Eye and Ear. These clinics are accompanied by teaching and case audit opportunities. There are regular sessions providing retinal photocoagulation and intravitreal therapy. There is a fortnightly theatre list, primarily designed for patients with diabetes requiring cataract surgery, which may include indirect laser. The fellows will have ample exposure to fluorescein and ICG angiography, OCT, OCT angiography and wide field imaging techniques.

At least two sessions per week are dedicated to research and ongoing involvement with trials supervised by the Macular Research Unit and Clinical Trials Unit. The clinical fellows will be rostered to sessions in the hospital’s busy Emergency Department and will participate in after hours on-call.