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Jan Lovie-Kitchin is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Optometry at QUT. She is currently teaching part-time and still has an active role in the research of the School.
Professor Lovie-Kitchin graduated from the Department of Optometry at the University of Melbourne in 1973. She undertook one year of clinical practice and returned to complete post-graduate study towards her Masters degree in 1976. She worked as a Clinical Associate at the Victorian College of Optometry for 4 years before moving to Queensland. She completed her PhD studies in 1996 while continuing to lecture full-time at QUT.
Professor Lovie-Kitchin has extensive clinical, teaching and research experience in the assessment and management of elderly patients with low vision. With Professor Ian Bailey in 1976, she designed the Bailey-Lovie (ETDRS) visual acuity charts, which are now used in all major research studies and in low vision clinics throughout the world. In 1985, she published a textbook on the management of patients with visual impairment due to age-related macular degeneration, emphasising a rehabilitation approach.
Professor Lovie-Kitchin's research interests lie mainly in the assessment of visual performance and the effects of age and vision loss on the quality of life for elderly people. She is currently supervising two graduate students conducting research on visual impairment in children. She has over 130 publications, including
- refereed articles
- conference papers and abstracts, including many papers on clinical research into mobility and reading performance in adults with visual impairment.
Her research on low vision reading was recognised when, with Professor Steve Whittaker from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, she won the Garland Clay award in 1998 for their paper “Visual Requirements for Reading”, published in Optometry and Vision Science in 1993.
More recently her research has encompassed broader ageing research as the co-leader of the Triple A study, the Australian Active Ageing study, which is a multidisciplinary collaborative project involving ten researchers from five QUT Faculties investigating Active Ageing.
She has been a consultant optometrist at the Kooyong Low Vision Clinic in Melbourne and at the Low Vision Care Centre in Brisbane. In 1993, she established the QUT Vision Rehabilitation Centre (VRC), a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation service for visually impaired patients, within the QUT School of Optometry. The VRC provides a community service and an ideal vehicle for the final year optometry students to gain considerable experience managing low vision patients and working with other rehabilitation professionals.
In her undergraduate teaching, Professor Lovie-Kitchin used a problem-based learning approach for many years and has modelled this approach to other university teachers within her own university, at national and international conferences and through invitations to other Schools of Optometry and Faculties of Health Science. She has published a number of papers and chapters on her problem-based learning approach in Optometry.
Professor Lovie-Kitchin has lectured on low vision and visual acuity nationally and internationally, to many scientific and community groups and has served on a number of advisory groups on services for people with visual impairment. She has also served on numerous professional bodies for the Optometrists Association Australia over many years.
Ageing and vision, Clinical assessment of vision, Vision, Vision acuity testing, Visual impairment (low vision)
Ophthalmology and Optometry
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)
- MScOptom (The University of Melbourne)
- GDRehab (La Trobe University)
- BScOptom (The University of Melbourne)
- LOSc (The University of Melbourne)