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History of the Organisation

The Australian Ophthalmic Nurses’ Association began in 1982 at Sydney Eye Hospital. One of the founding members was Miss Dorothy Glasson who was the Matron of Sydney Eye Hospital. The joining fee at the time was $5.

NSW was the first state to be settled and the first state to have an Ophthalmic Nurses Association. At different points of time AONA NSW supported sub branches in Victoria and Rural NSW

Dorothy Glasson was an early promoter of nursing education. The first ophthalmic course was in 1965 and was held continuously until 2008. In 2014 Sydney Eye Hospital in conjunction with Notre Dame University launched the first Post Graduate Certificate in Ophthalmic Nursing in Australia; this could not have been achieved without the support of the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association.

Since 1981 when the first “ophthalmic nursing seminar” was held at Sydney Hospital with 60 -70 participants attending with a cost of $7.50, AONA has been committed to providing education/professional support. 34 years later the AONA Ophthalmic Nurses Association is still going strong

AONA NSW has held an annual conference every year except in 2011 when the Asia Pacific Academy Organisation was held in Sydney. This conference had a major nursing component with speakers from all over the world sharing insight and information about best practice.


In 2021 AONA NSW and AONAVIC merged their memberships to form AONA INC. creating a larger, stronger association able to increase its education and professional development potential. The creation of a FaceBook page increased its communication capability with members and plans for further development to increase the education and networking opportunities for members.

AONA INC’s main objective is to deliver quality education and professional development for Ophthalmic Nurses. It achieves this by organising clinical sessions, tele-zoom meetings and an annual conference for its members. Financial support through the use of educational grants is promoted to members to ensure they are able to access education opportunities.
The committee currently has 14 voluntary members, who freely give their time to support and promote the objectives of the association. Members are represented on the following working parties: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Ophthalmology Network and ACHS Clinical Indicator Committee.

AONA Inc. has strong links nationally with Ophthalmic Nursing Associations in Queensland and Western Australia, international links with International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), International Ophthalmic Nurses Association (IONA) and jointly commenced the “AONA Vision” national newsletter in 2008 and continues to participate in editing and contributing to the newsletter. The newsletter reports on state educational activities, nursing research and clinical developments plus distribution of educational articles to members around Australia.


Meet the Team AONA INC. Executive Committee

Joanna McCulloch/Heather Machin


Sandie Smithers


Clare Hafner

Membership Secretary

Cheryl Moore

Zoom Education

Suzie Clifton/Patricia Usher

Newsletter Editors

Robyn Johnston

Committee Member/Vic Rep

Gabriela Kalofonos

Committee Member/NSW rep/Industry

Bernie Hanratty

Committee Member/NSW Rep

Patricia Usher

Committee Member/Communications

Colleen Flanders

Committee Member/Vic Rep/IT