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Professor Sharon Bentley
Head, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Faculty of Health,
School - Optometry and Vision Science
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Health Projects,
IHBI Optometry - CDA
Discipline *
Optometry and Ophthalmology
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Ph.D - Science (University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
and associations


Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne)

Bachelor of Science in Optometry (University of Melbourne)

Graduate Diploma in Special Education (University of Melbourne)

Master of Optometry (University of Melbourne)

Master of Public Health (Johns Hopkins University)


Churchill Fellow

Fellow American Academy Optometry (Diplomate Low Vision Section)

Fellow Australian College of Optometry

Graduate Australian Institute Company Directors

Member Optometry Australia

Chair Optometry Australia Low Vision Working Group

Member Vision 2020 Australia

Member International Advisory Board Clinical and Experimental Optometry

Member Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology


visual impairment, quality of life, patient reported outcomes, vision and driving, public health, Indigenous eye health, evaluation of health services

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Head, School of Optometry and Vision Science, Professor Sharon Bentley is an optometrist with experience as an educator, researcher, clinician and executive manager. Her research interests include the impact of vision impairment on functional performance and quality of life, vision and driving, the development of patient reported outcomes for use in clinical trials of new eye treatments (e.g. the bionic eye), the evaluation of eye care services, Indigenous eye care and public health. She is a recipient of an American Academy of Optometry Brazelton Award and a Churchill Fellowship. She is a Diplomate of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry, Fellow of the Australian College of Optometry and member of the International Advisory Group for Clinical and Experimental Optometry. Professor Bentley has had executive management experience in a not-for-profit organisation, delivering eye care services to more than 60,000 persons from disadvantaged backgrounds per year. She has been Chair of the Vision 2020 Australia Independence and Participation Committee, and the Optometry Australia Low Vision Working Group. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a non-executive director of Vision Australia.

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Unit Coordinator OPN461 Optometry in Professional Practice

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