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About us

Vision Eye Institute

We are Australia’s largest private provider of ophthalmic services, with a strong commitment to clinical and scientific excellence and delivering the highest-quality outcomes for patients. We achieve this through our dedication to best-practice care, academia and research, and by employing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

About us

Initially established as a group practice in Victoria in 2001, Vision Eye Institute quickly expanded to include numerous sites along the eastern seaboard and is now the largest private provider of ophthalmic care in Australia.

Our doctor team includes a mix of partners, associates and visiting medical officers – many of whom have introduced new surgical techniques and technologies into Australia and are highly regarded by their peers, both locally and internationally. Their dedication extends to active involvement with clinical research; teaching and examining medical students, optometry students, optometrists and ophthalmology trainees; and presenting at local and international conferences.

In addition to private practice, a number of Vision Eye Institute doctors hold academic positions, including professorships and associate professorships. Many of our doctors also practise and/or teach at large hospitals, while others are actively involved in local and international charity programs that make use of their ophthalmic skills and expertise.

Our values

Vision Eye Institute’s consulting, day surgery and laser services bring together world-class surgeons, purpose-built facilities and state-of-the-art technology to ensure the best possible outcome for patients.

Learn about our values

Our leadership team

Our Executive Leadership Team provides strategic direction to ensure that Vision Eye Institute delivers on its key commitments and values.

James Thiedeman

Chief Executive Officer

James has spent over 30 years working in healthcare in both the public and private sectors. He joined Vision Eye Institute in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director. James is ultimately responsible for ensuring Vision Eye Institute delivers the highest quality of care to its patients and that the organisation delivers on its strategic priorities.

Immediately prior to joining Vision Eye Institute, James was the Group CEO and Managing Director of Monash IVF Group (ASX:MVF) for eight years. Monash IVF Group is one of the most respected fertility care providers in Australia and the world.

Over his career in healthcare, James has been the CEO of Noosa Private Hospital on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and held senior roles with Ramsay Health Care, Affinity Health, Mayne Health and Health Care of Australia. Before moving to the private health industry, James held senior policy and planning positions in the public sector with the Queensland Department of Health.

James holds a Bachelor of Business (Health Administration) from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Griffith University. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James lives in Melbourne with his family (when he’s not travelling) and in his spare time is a (terra firma) long-boarding tragic – just ask his embarrassed teenage son.

Peter Sexton

Chief Financial Officer

Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience across numerous well-known companies. He is an accomplished Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with a proven track record of adding commercial and operational value, executing strategic outcomes and enacting positive business change.

Before joining Vision Eye Institute, Peter was CFO of Ramsay Pharmacy Group, the centralised pharmacy division of Ramsay Health Care. Here he oversaw substantive business transformation and creation through a large-scale acquisition program and strong organic growth.

Peter started his career at Ernst & Young, after which he spent time in London at leading investment banks. On his return to Australia, he managed the finance team of Village Roadshow Production Group (part of Village Roadshow Limited). He then went on to lead the management consulting division of a boutique consultancy firm.

In late 2019, Peter commenced his role as CFO of Vision Eye Institute where he aims to utilise his wealth of experience to add value, drive strategy and help grow the organisation.

Peter loves spending time with his family.  Outside of this he is a passionate about kite-surfing (particularly chasing large storm fronts) and when it’s not windy he enjoys downhill mountain biking.

Karen Lopreiato

Company Secretary

Karen joined Vision Eye Institute in 2011 as Company Secretary. She is responsible for supporting the Vision Eye Institute Board and its directors, ensuring the company’s compliance with the Corporations Act and overseeing corporate governance within the organisation generally.

Before joining Vision Eye Institute, she held Company Secretary or Secretariat Manager roles at several large ASX-listed corporations, including Symbion Health Limited, Mayne Pharma Limited, Mayne Group Limited and Colonial Limited. There she was involved with a number of strategic initiatives and projects, including mergers and acquisitions activity and capital raising, along with the usual secretariat responsibilities.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. She is a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.

Karen lives in Melbourne and is mother of two teenage girls. She spends much of her time ferrying them to and from their many sports activities.

Siobhan Todhunter

Group Marketing Manager

Siobhan has been part of the Vision Eye Institute team for over 20 years, starting in 1997 at the Bondi Junction clinic. During this time, she has held a variety of roles across the business, including Practice Manager at Bondi Junction and St Kilda Road, Call Centre Manager and Business Support Manager.

As Group Marketing Manager, Siobhan oversees Vision Eye Institute’s strategic marketing and promotion, cementing its position as one of Australia’s leading providers of high-quality patient care and institutional excellence. She also oversees communications across Vision Eye Institute’s 27 clinics and day surgeries, including internal, patient and referrer touch points. In addition, Siobhan liaises with peak industry bodies to collaborate on public and healthcare professional education initiatives.

Siobhan has a strong interest in the People and Culture function of the group. She believes in fostering a culture of excellence that attracts and supports world-class ophthalmologists, ensuring the best possible outcome for Vision Eye Institute’s patients.

Cathie Searle

General Manager – New South Wales & Far North Queensland Operations

Cathie has been part of the Vision Eye Institute family for over 16 years. She is currently the General Manager of Operations for New South Wales and North Queensland, with oversight of the consulting and laser practices. Cathie enjoys seeing every member of the Vision Eye Institute team contributing to the organisation’s mission – ‘Transforming lives, that’s our vision.’

Prior to joining Vision Eye Institute, Cathie held a clinical role as an orthoptist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. After being appointed Deputy Director of Administrative Services, she formed part of the team that oversaw the hospital’s relocation to its new facility, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (CHW). Project management of the construction of Ronald McDonald House, Westmead and Bear Cottage, were other significant responsibilities during her tenure with CHW.

Cathie has a Master of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma of Applied Science (Orthoptics) from Cumberland College of Health Sciences.

Amanada Cranage

General Manager – Victorian Operations and National Projects

Amanda has over 30 years’ experience working in both the public and private healthcare sectors. She commenced her clinical career in Queensland, working as an orthoptist in private practice as well as for Queensland Health, before transitioning to operational management in 2007.

Amanda has held several senior roles with Vision Eye Institute, including Victorian Orthoptic Team Leader, Victorian Business Manager and National Operations Manager. Throughout this time, she has overseen significant business growth and expansion of the organisation.

Amanda’s current role has seen her project manage the building of Panch Day Surgery Centre in Melbourne, which opened in October 2015. The following year, she managed the major refurbishment of Level 3 at RiverCity Private Hospital in Brisbane, which saw the reassignment of patient wards into specialist consulting space. Amanda also has national responsibility for day surgery health fund negotiation.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Amanda is responsible for the overall operational management, strategy and growth of the Victorian and Brisbane consulting and laser businesses, ensuring the highest quality patient care and institutional excellence.

Rodney Fox

General Manager – Day Surgeries & Business Development

Rodney has over 15 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. He has been the Chief Financial Officer for a number of organisations and brings considerable financial and commercial management skills to Vision Eye Institute. His broad expertise also includes risk management, governance, stakeholder management, legal and project management.

As General Manager of Day Surgeries, Rodney oversees Vision Eye Institute’s 10 purpose-built facilities for ophthalmic surgery and various other specialties.

He is also the Director and Treasurer of Day Hospitals Australia, the peak industry body representing day surgeries across the country. As part of this role, he represents Day Hospitals Australia on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Private Sector Committee.

Rodney has a Master of Business Administration (AGSM) and a Bachelor of Commerce. He is also a Chartered Accountant.

Our medical advisory board

Our medical advisory board provides expert guidance to our Executive Leadership Team to ensure that Vision Eye Institute delivers clinical and scientific excellence and best-practice care to our patients. The board is comprised of highly accomplished surgeons and specialists with an incredible wealth of knowledge and clinical experience.

James Thiedeman CEO

James Thiedeman

Chief Executive Officer

James has spent over 30 years working in healthcare in both the public and private sectors. He joined Vision Eye Institute in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director. James is ultimately responsible for ensuring Vision Eye Institute delivers the highest quality of care to its patients and that the organisation delivers on its strategic priorities.

Immediately prior to joining Vision Eye Institute, James was the Group CEO and Managing Director of Monash IVF Group (ASX:MVF) for eight years. Monash IVF Group is one of the most respected fertility care providers in Australia and the world.

Over his career in healthcare, James has been the CEO of Noosa Private Hospital on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and held senior roles with Ramsay Health Care, Affinity Health, Mayne Health and Health Care of Australia. Before moving to the private health industry, James held senior policy and planning positions in the public sector with the Queensland Department of Health.

James holds a Bachelor of Business (Health Administration) from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Griffith University. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Tim Roberts

A/Prof Tim Roberts

Medical Director – New South Wales

Dr Tim Roberts is Medical Director of Vision Eye Institute, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney Medical School and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital, where he heads the glaucoma unit. He is a highly regarded cataract and glaucoma specialist, with clinical interests in the development and utilisation of new and innovative technologies in ophthalmology, medical ethics and education. Dr Roberts serves on the editorial board for the American Academy of Ophthalmology textbook Lens and Cataract, is Cataract Section Editor for Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology, and sits on various government, industry and professional advisory boards.

Dr Joe Reich

Dr Joe Reich AM

Regional Medical Director – Victoria

Dr Joseph Reich is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. With the evolution of laser eye technology, Dr Reich has maintained his expertise and performs LASIK and ASLA/PRK. He also specialises in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, and has extensive experience with multifocal and toric lenses. Dr Reich performs complex cataract surgery on patients with co-occurring eye diseases, such as keratoconus, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr Michael Lawless | Ophthalmologist: laser eye, cataracts, corneal

A/Prof Michael Lawless

Dr Michael Lawless is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons, having performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures. He is a Clinical Associate Professor at Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and is recognised throughout the world as an authority on laser eye surgery.

Dr Lawless’s expertise encompasses laser eye surgery (LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®), cataract and lens replacement surgery (including laser cataract surgery) and phakic intraocular lenses. In addition to his refractive work, Dr Lawless treats corneal conditions using procedures such as corneal cross-linking and corneal transplantation. He is frequently invited to present at major international conferences.

Dr Lee Lenton

Dr Lee Lenton is a highly respected and experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. Since 1995, he has performed over 15,000 LASIK laser eye surgery procedures. Dr Lenton also specialises in refractive lens exchange and cataract surgery, with expertise in intraocular lens technology. For the past 5 years, Dr Lenton has specialised in cataract and refractive surgery using multifocal IOL insertions, having performed more than 4000 trifocal IOL insertions.

In addition, Dr Lenton manages diseases that affect the surface of the eye (e.g. dry eye, red eye, corneal ulcers and chronic conjunctivitis). He has done pioneering research into dry eye and the use of medicated honey to treat chronic blepharitis and dry eye before and after laser eye surgery and cataract surgery.

Patient feedback

Because patients are at the heart of everything we do, we place great value on their feedback. Satisfaction surveys are regularly conducted to ensure that we are indeed delivering best-practice care. All patient feedback, suggestions and complaints are taken seriously and reviewed internally, with further action where appropriate.

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