Lecture reflects on 20 years of remote eye health

30 Sep 2014

Dr Mark Loane has captained the Wallabies and tackled eye problems in the dusty outback – and now he has blitzed The University of Queensland prestigious Errol Solomon Meyers Memorial Lecture 2014.

The lecture is the premier annual academic event for the UQ School of Medicine and the UQ Medical Society.

Dr Loane’s lecture was titled Reflections on 20 Years of Remote Eye Health and for an hour on 23 September he regaled a packed UQ Centre auditorium with stories from his days as a UQ student, a rugby star and an ophthalmologist working in rural and remote Australia.

Lecture convenor and medical student Zachary Tan said the lecture spanned Dr Loane’s medical career and days as an Australian Wallaby, plus the challenges he had faced working in rural and remote eye services.

“We were honoured to host such a respected alumnus of our medical school who has achieved so much for Australia and who has contributed in many ways to UQ,” Mr Tan said.

Dr Loane joined a long list of luminaries who have presented the lecture, including biologist Lord Robert Winston, cricketer and politician Imran Khan and Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty.

About the ES Meyers Memorial Lecture

Professor Errol Solomon Meyers was a pioneer of medical education in Australia in the early twentieth century and a founding father of UQ’s School of Medicine.

In July 1957, a year after his death, the University of Queensland Medical Society established the E.S. Meyers Memorial Lecture to honour his contributions to medicine, to the community and to UQ as one of the founders of the Medical School.

Media: Bernadette Condren, Media Manager, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Queensland, 07 3346 5309, b.condren@uq.edu.au, www.mbs.uq.edu.au.