Researcher biography

Dr Melinda Toomey, an optometrist and health services researcher, is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Hearing Research (CHEAR), University of Queensland. Currently, she is working on a MRFF-funded project to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and hearing and/or vision impairment. Melinda's research focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, patient-centred tools and programs using an implementation science approach across a range of healthcare settings.

Melinda completed her PhD at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney, where she was awarded a Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis. In her PhD thesis entitled, racetrack: Improving the Appropriateness of Australian Glaucoma Eyecare Delivery (ImAAGED), Melinda investigated barriers and enablers to care delivery and then developed a program to improve the quality of glaucoma care delivery.