Sandra graduated with a Diploma of Applied Science in Orthoptics in 1984 from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, upgrading to a Bachelor of Applied Science (Orthoptics) from La Trobe University in 1992. She has 30 years’ experience in clinical paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and 23 years’ experience as the Retinoblastoma Care Co-Ordinator at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne, Victoria.
During her time at the RCH, Sandra developed clinical expertise in the management of paediatric glaucoma, cataract, and retinoblastoma, as well as uveitis, head injury and children with special needs. She is actively involved in teaching paediatric ophthalmology clinical skills to medical students, maternal child health nurses and ophthalmology registrar trainees.
As a research orthoptist at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, she has coordinated collaborations with national and international researchers investigating genes that cause congenital glaucoma, congenital cataract and strabismus. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Melbourne.
She is registered with the Australian Orthoptic Board, and is a member of the International Society for Genetic Eye Disease and Retinoblastoma. Sandra has published in peer-reviewed medical journals and attends and presents at local, national and international conferences.