Dr Isabelle Jalbert

Dr Isabelle Jalbert

Fields of research: Ophthalmology and Optometry not elsewhere classified, Optometry and Ophthalmology
Campus: Kensington
Tag: Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders

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...

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). This research has led to the formation of the first interest group in Evidence-Based Optometry (email eboptomety@unsw.edu.au to join).

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 7 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

Understanding ocular itchiness

Nutrition and Dry Eye Disease

Continuing Education in Optometry

 

Current Student Projects (PhD, MSc and Honours)

The feasibility of optometry practice records audit for measuring eye care quality

Use of complimentary medicines by School of Optometry clinic patients

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

Refractive Error in Indian Children

Timing of Access to Low Vision Rehabilitation Services

 

TEACHING & OUTREACH

Courses I teach

OPTM4151: Ocular Therapeutics 4A (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2013/OPTM4151.html)

OPTM4251: Ocular Therapeutics 4B (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/courses/2013/OPTM4251.html)

OPTM7302: Evidence-Based Optometry (http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/postgraduate/courses/2013/OPTM7302.html)


Professional affiliations and service positions

Deputy Head of School at the School of Optometry and Vision Science

Convenor of the Evidence-Based Optometry Interest Group

Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Past member of the Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel (Biomedical)

 

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


My Expertise

Dry eye, contact lenses, eye diseases

Location

Level 3, Rupert Myers Building, North Wing

Contact

02-9385-9816
02-9313-6243