Researcher

Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert

My Expertise

Dry eye, contact lenses, eye diseases

Field of Research (FoR)

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Biography

About me:

My research focuses on evidence-based eye care, eye care quality and health education. This research used both qualitative and quantitative methods to measure quality of eye care delivery, understanding of, attitude towards, and competence in evidence-based practice. Our multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional group has developed and adapted resources to support the use of evidence-based practice by optometry students and...view more

About me:

My research focuses on evidence-based eye care, eye care quality and health education. This research used both qualitative and quantitative methods to measure quality of eye care delivery, understanding of, attitude towards, and competence in evidence-based practice. Our multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional group has developed and adapted resources to support the use of evidence-based practice by optometry students and practitioners in Australia and New Zealand and across the world (www.eboptometry.com).

A parallel research focus has been on understanding the ocular surface in the healthy and diseased eye. This research uses a mix of the latest clinical and laboratory based techniques to investigate links between diet and the ocular surface. We have applied these techniques to characterise the ocular surface during contact lens wear, in dry eye disease including meibomian gland dysfunction and ocular allergy.

This work has been funded through government (OLT), external (MD Foundation), internal (UNSW) and industry funding and has supported 10 PhD students.

Education

MPH (UNSW, 2010)

Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (UNSW, 2010)

PhD in Optometry (UNSW, 2004)

OD (University of Montreal, 1989)

 

RESEARCH

My Research Goals

Enhance the quality of eye care delivery in Australia

Measure and promote evidence-based eye care with a focus on optometry

Understanding the ocular surface and factors that promote (e.g. diet) and adversely impact (e.g. lens wear, environment, aging) its health and homeostasis

Research in Detail

My group currently hosts five graduate students, working on projects ranging from:

Measuring eye care quality and delivery including access to care

Addressing barriers to glaucoma and diabetic eye disease care

Understanding ocular itchiness

Nutrition and Dry Eye Disease

Continuing Education in Optometry

 

Current Student Projects (PhD, MSc and Honours)

iCareTrack: Improving the care delivery of glaucoma and diabetic eye care

Optometry practice records audit for measuring eye care quality

Ocular surface health in children

Evaluating Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Eye Care Practitioners and People with AMD and their Carers regarding Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Continuing Education in Optometry

Timing of Access to Low Vision Rehabilitation Services

Role of dendritic cells in ocular allergy

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

Courses I teach

OPTM6413: Anterior Eye Therapeutics (https://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2017/OPTM6413.html)

 

Professional affiliations and service positions

Member of Board of Directors and Chair of the Examination Committee of the Optometry Council of Australian and New Zealand (OCANZ)

Deputy Head of School at the School of Optometry and Vision Science (2011-2019)

Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

               June Griffith Fellow, UNSW Faculty of Science, 2015

Garland W Clay Award, American Academy of Optometry, 2012

                Dallos Award, British Contact Lens Association, 2011

                Ian Constable Prize, 2002

                Bourse d’Excellence, University of Montreal, 1985

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Location

School of Optometry and Vision Science
Level 3, Room 3.029
North Wing, Rupert Myers Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 9816
+61 2 9313 6243