Researcher

Biography

Professor Lisa Keay is Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She has developed links with government, community organisations and other stakeholders to identify key, policy-relevant research questions and to answer them with high quality research.  Her research tackles the two major causes of injury to older people: falls and road traffic injuries.  Her...view more

Professor Lisa Keay is Head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at The George Institute for Global Health. She has developed links with government, community organisations and other stakeholders to identify key, policy-relevant research questions and to answer them with high quality research.  Her research tackles the two major causes of injury to older people: falls and road traffic injuries.  Her work in road safety led to an ARC funded evaluation of a program to promote safe mobility for older drivers in 2014 with 4-year follow-up in 2017 and new work in 2022 supported by a Road Safety Innovation Fund grant.  Her NHMRC funded trial evaluating targeted falls prevention for older people with vision impairment and blindness is in progress. New work is planned evaluating expedited cataract surgery and integrated refractive management to prevent falls in the larger number of older people with cataract.    She has acted in formal advisory roles to government agencies, regularly engages with the media and has held executive roles in peak bodies to translate her research into policy and practice.  Innovative strategies are being comprehensively evaluated which stand to prevent injury and make a difference to the lives of many older Australians.

 

Research Groups

Research Topics

  • Ageing and road safety
  • Cost-effectiveness of cataract surgery
  • Cost-effectiveness of low vision services
  • Epidemiology of eye injuries
  • Falls risk and low vision
  • Innovative models of eyecare delivery
  • Mental health and low vision
  • Quality of eye care, evidence-based practice, health systems research
  • School vision screening

My Qualifications

1993, BOptom, UNSW Sydney

2006, PhD, UNSW Sydney

2010, Masters of Public Health, UNSW Sydney


My Awards

2018. Hunter K, Keay L, Ivers RQ, Brown J, Bilston LE, Clapham K, Cosgrove L, Fegan M, Porkali B, Ralph M, Simpson J, Baira K, Saurbier T Buckle Up Safely 3M-ACRS Diamond Road Safety Award Highly Commended

2017 WSLHD Quality Award WentWest Partnership Award, C-EYE-C and WSLHD Quality Award runner up Integrated Care category -C-EYE-C

2017 NSW Health Innovation Award for Delivering Integrated Care - C-EYE-C

2016, Research Supervisor Award: Associate Professor Lisa Keay for outstanding effort as a postgraduate research supervisor. Sydney Local Health District

2016, Best paper by a new researcher awarded to Alexandra Hall. A Hall, C Ho, L Keay, K McCaffery, K Hunter, J Charlton, L Bilston, A Hayen, J Brown. Australiasian Road Safety Conference.

2015, US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Award for Best Abstract for an oral presentation. L Keay, A Palagyi, V Do, A White E Lamoureux, R Ivers, K Pesudovs, F Stapleton, S Boufous, P McCluskey.  Australasian Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion Conference, Sydney, Australia.

2014, Scientific Committee Judged Poster Prize at the 47th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference for A Coxon, L Keay, A Chevalier, j Brown, E Clarke, S Boufous, A Bundy and R Ivers. 47th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, Adelaide, Australia

2013, Best AAG Student member presentation for K Coxon, C Allan, L Peattie, A Chevalier, R Ivers, S Boufous, A Bundy, L Keay. National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing. Sydney, Australia

2012, Garland W Clay Awardees. American Academy of Optometry, F Stapleton, L Keay, I Jalbert and N Cole.

2010, Best Poster, Australasian Road Safety, Policing and Education Conference, Canberra, Australia

2009, Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture, British Contact Lens Association


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

ILP, Honours, Masters, PhD


Currently supervising

  • Epidemiology of refractive error
  • Promoting the integration of fall prevention into primary health care in China
  • Eye injuries and their prevention
  • The rate of cataract surgery in NSW and the relationship to health status
  • A mobile technology application to reduce falls in infants
  • Enhancing the quality of care for diabetes and glaucoma in optometry practice in Australia
  • Safe mobility, driving and autonomous vehicle technologies for older people in Australia
  • Infodemiology and novel approaches to improving the compliance to contact lens wear
  • Epidemiology of glaucoma in Australia
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Location

School of Optometry and Vision Science
Level 3, Room 3.003
North Wing, Rupert Myers Building


Contact

+61 2 9385 5372
+61 2 9313 6243