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BiographyPeter Swann was, until recently, Associate Professor in the School of Optometry at QUT. He had been a Faculty member at QUT for 36 years since emigrating from the United Kingdom in 1970 to take up a lecturing position at QIT. He is presently Adjunct Professor at QUT and a Visiting Professor in the School of Optometry at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
He originally qualified at the University of Aston in Birmingham and also completed the Fellowship of the British College of Optometrists. Following the latter examinations, he was awarded the Belgravia Prize in Contact Lenses. He then spent a short period in private practice before coming to Australia.
His teaching responsibilities have chiefly concerned
- Diseases of the eye
- Methods of eye examination
- Paralytic strabismus
- some aspects of ocular pharmacology
- Clinical optometry.
In 1981 he was awarded Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, and is also an Honorary Fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand. Other awards include
- the Noel Verney Memorial Lecture
- Distinguished Academic Service from QUT
- Queensland Optometrist of the Year in 1995
- a personal promotion to Associate Professor.
Throughout his career, Professor Swann has been very active in continuing education for optometrists both within Australia and internationally. He has given presentations at several hundred conferences and meetings world wide, most by invitation and many as a keynote speaker. He has also taught at other Optometry Schools from time to time, notably
- Visiting Clinical Professor at SUNY
- Visiting Principal Lecturer
- Fellow at Hong Kong
- an Academic Visitor at Singapore, Glasgow and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
He has published widely, with over 200 papers and reports in optometric and vision science journals. He spent a period as editor of Clinical and Experimental Optometry, and served on the Editorial Board of that journal.
Professor Swann has consistently achieved very high evaluation scores for both his didactic and clinical teaching, not only to undergraduate students but also in the continuing education and conference setting. He was the winner of an Australian Award for Excellence in University Teaching in 2001, and won a Teaching Excellence Award from the School of Optometry in Hong Kong in December 2008.
He has been consistently involved with professional affairs, having held executive office with
- the Optometrists Association Australia
- Contact Lens Society
- The Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia
- the National Vision Research Foundation.
His advice has often been sought on optometric education matters by Government and non-Government bodies both in Australia and overseas.
- Visual Fields
Ophthalmology and Optometry
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- MAppSc (Queensland University of Technology)
- BSc(Hons) (Aston University)