About Vision Hospital Group | Day Surgery Services

Our services

Our day surgeries offer the ideal operating solution for smaller/solo surgical practices, across a wide range of specialties including ophthalmology, pain management, orthopaedics, general surgery, plastic surgery, ENT, dental surgery, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery and dermatology. The Vision Hospital Group day surgeries are expertly managed by a long-established and experienced provider, Vision Eye Institute, which operates a number of surgeries and clinics throughout Australia.

We are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art equipment and technology to support the latest surgical techniques, optimise patient outcomes and ensure patient comfort at all times. Examples of some of our technology include Alcon LenSx® Femtosecond Laser System, Alcon Centurion® Vision System, VERION Digital Toric Marker, reinforced operating tables and premium-quality instrumentation. Our Windsor Gardens Day Surgery has also installed the CANEXIS™ Endoscope track and trace software – a first for the Asia-Pacific region.

Our day surgeries

Our leadership team

Our Executive Leadership Team provides strategic direction to ensure that Vision Hospital Group delivers on its key commitments and values.

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Amanda Cranage

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Amanda was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group in 2023. She is passionate about excellence in healthcare leadership and delivering positive outcomes for patients and stakeholders alike. With over 30 years of extensive experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors, Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Beginning her career as an orthoptist, Amanda transitioned to operational management over 16 years ago, marking the start of her leadership journey. Throughout her tenure at Vision Eye Institute, Amanda has held various senior positions showcasing her leadership and strategic acumen. She possesses a deep understanding of the complexities of eye healthcare and has successfully implemented innovative solutions to streamline operations and optimise resource allocation, ultimately leading to improved patient experiences and outcomes.

Previously responsible for driving and growing the Victorian and Brisbane businesses, Amanda successfully led the development of Panch Day Surgery in Melbourne, a major refurbishment of Rivercity Private Hospital (Level 3) in Brisbane, and the extensive expansion and refurbishment of Vision Eye Institute’s Footscray consulting facility in Melbourne. Additionally, Amanda has established a number of greenfield sites in Melbourne and has led the nationwide responsibility for health fund negotiations for Vision Hospital Group.

Amanda has demonstrated her commitment to making a positive social impact as Non-Executive Director and Chair of Alina Vision – a social enterprise supporting eye health services in underserved communities in Vietnam. Appointed to the role by the Fred Hollows Foundation in 2021, Amanda played a pivotal role in expanding services and local empowerment in the north of Vietnam. Amanda’s tenure culminated in a successful capital raise, securing resources for future growth, before she stepped down from the role in December 2023.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Amanda finds joy in indulging her passion for cooking and cherishing quality time spent around the table with her family.

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Peter Sexton

Chief Financial Officer

Peter is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience across numerous well-known companies. He is an accomplished Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with a proven track record of adding commercial and operational value, executing strategic outcomes and enacting positive business change.

Before joining Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, Peter was CFO of Ramsay Pharmacy Group, the centralised pharmacy division of Ramsay Health Care. Here he oversaw substantive business transformation and creation through a large-scale acquisition program and strong organic growth.

Peter started his career at Ernst & Young, after which he spent time in London at leading investment banks. On his return to Australia, he managed the finance team of Village Roadshow Production Group (part of Village Roadshow Limited). He then went on to lead the management consulting division of a boutique consultancy firm.

In late 2019, Peter commenced his role as CFO of Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, where he aims to utilise his wealth of experience to add value, drive strategy and help grow the organisation.

Peter loves spending time with his family. Outside of this he is passionate about kite-surfing (particularly chasing large storm fronts) and when it’s not windy he enjoys downhill mountain biking.

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Karen Lopreiato

Company Secretary

Karen joined Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group in 2011 as Company Secretary. She is responsible for supporting the Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group Board and its directors, ensuring the company’s compliance with the Corporations Act and overseeing corporate governance within the organisation generally.

Before joining Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, she held Company Secretary or Secretariat Manager roles at several large ASX-listed corporations, including Symbion Health Limited, Mayne Pharma Limited, Mayne Group Limited and Colonial Limited. There she was involved with a number of strategic initiatives and projects, including mergers and acquisitions activity and capital raising, along with the usual secretariat responsibilities.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. She is a Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.

Karen lives in Melbourne and is mother of two teenage girls. She spends much of her time ferrying them to and from their many sports activities.

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Siobhan Todhunter

Group Marketing Manager

Siobhan has been part of the Vision Eye Institute team for over 20 years, during which time she has held a variety of roles across the business.

As Group Marketing Manager, Siobhan oversees Vision Eye Institute’s strategic marketing and promotion, cementing its position as one of Australia’s leading providers of high-quality patient care and institutional excellence. She also oversees communications across Vision Eye Institute’s 28 clinics and day surgeries, including internal, patient and referrer touchpoints. In addition, Siobhan liaises with peak industry bodies to collaborate on public and healthcare professional education initiatives.

Siobhan has a strong interest in the People and Culture function of the group. She believes in fostering a culture of excellence that attracts and supports world-class ophthalmologists, ensuring the best possible outcome for Vision Eye Institute’s patients.

Outside work, Siobhan spends as much time as possible with family, as well as doing pilates and taking long walks on the beach with Pepper, the family dog.

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Greg Brown

General Manager – Day Hospitals

Greg has spent 40 years in healthcare, in both the public and private sectors. He joined Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group in 2022 as the acting General Manager of Windsor Gardens Day Surgery in Adelaide and was recently appointed General Manager – Day Hospitals.

Before joining Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, Greg was the Group CEO for Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care based in Malaysia – a role that involved overseeing the Group’s private hospitals in Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as their day surgery centre in Hong Kong. He worked for Ramsay Health Care for 17 years, starting as the CEO of North Shore Private Hospital in Sydney and the Executive Operations Manager (Sydney Metropolitan Hospitals) before relocating to Malaysia.

Greg has held senior executive positions in the management of public and private hospitals, radiology practices, medical centres and multiple business units in Asia, metropolitan Sydney, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and regional New South Wales. He has a strong financial background with a strategic focus and has had significant experience in major refurbishment and new development projects, as well as the acquisition of businesses in Australia and Asia.

Greg loves spending time with his large family. Together with his wife Michelle, he has 7 children and 13 grandchildren – all of whom live in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Margaret Kelly

General Manager – Victoria and South Australia Operations

Margaret has 30 years of managerial experience across a range of sectors, including health, legal, medico-legal, medical indemnity, HR and not-for-profit. She began with Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group in 2011 as Practice Manager of the Box Hill clinic and was most recently Regional Manager for Victoria before joining the Executive Leadership Team.

Throughout her career with Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, Margaret has cultivated a culture of excellence and fostered an environment that promotes professional growth and development. Her dedication to empowering her team has been instrumental in enhancing the organisation’s overall capabilities, driving collaboration, and ensuring consistently high-quality patient care across the Victorian consulting clinics.

Margaret recently took the plunge and made a sea change to spend more time with her daughter and two delightful young grandchildren.

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Ashley Streater

General Manager – New South Wales Operations

Ashley is a seasoned healthcare professional with a genuine passion for patient care. She began her career in general practice before moving into the specialist hospital sector. Since then, Ashley has dedicated the last 11 years to Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group’s success, initially starting as the Practice Manager of the Hurstville clinic.

Her recent appointment as National Project Manager underscores her strategic acumen – she oversees critical initiatives such as the national digitisation of medical records and the centralised billing team. Her leadership ethos, rooted in her commitment to optimal patient care, has consistently guided Vision Eye Institute’s evolution towards operational excellence.

Beyond her professional achievements, Ashley finds fulfilment in her young family and the outdoors. Her involvement in her local netball club reflects her community-oriented mindset and passion for fostering connections beyond the workplace. Ashley’s journey mirrors resilience, dedication and a strong sense of purpose, leaving a lasting impact on healthcare, team development and community engagement.

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Our medical advisory board

Our medical advisory board provides expert guidance to our Executive Leadership Team to ensure that Vision Hospital Group delivers clinical and scientific excellence and best-practice care to our patients. The board is comprised of highly accomplished surgeons and specialists with an incredible wealth of knowledge and clinical experience.

Headshot of Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group CEO, Amanda Cranage

Amanda Cranage

Chief Executive Officer

Amanda was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group in 2023. She is passionate about excellence in healthcare leadership and delivering positive outcomes for patients and stakeholders alike. With over 30 years of extensive experience in both the public and private healthcare sectors, Amanda brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

Beginning her career as an orthoptist, she transitioned to operational management over 16 years ago, marking the start of her leadership journey. Throughout her tenure at Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, Amanda has held various senior positions showcasing her leadership and strategic acumen.  She possesses a deep understanding of the complexities of eye healthcare and has successfully implemented innovative solutions to streamline operations and optimise resource allocation, ultimately leading to improved patient experiences and outcomes.

Previously responsible for driving and growing the Victorian and Brisbane businesses, Amanda successfully led the development of Panch Day Surgery in Melbourne, a major refurbishment of RiverCity Private Hospital (Level 3) in Brisbane, and the extensive expansion and refurbishment of Vision Eye Institute’s Footscray consulting facility in Melbourne. Amanda has also held the nationwide responsibility for health fund negotiations for Vision Hospital Group and executive responsibility for the national projects portfolio.

Amanda’s commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond her work at Vision Eye Institute and Vision Hospital Group, demonstrating her passion for improving healthcare accessibility and outcomes. Amanda is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Alina Vision, a social enterprise that aims to address the rising demand for eye health services in the world’s most underserved communities.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Amanda finds joy in indulging her passion for cooking and cherishing quality time spent around the table with her family.

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Dr Lewis Levitz

Dr Lewis Levitz

National Medical Director

Dr Lewis Levitz is a highly experienced ophthalmic surgeon, with a special interest in conventional and laser cataract surgery. He offers his patients the latest in lens technology such as toric and multifocal intraocular lenses. Dr Levitz also has a special interest in reconstructive eyelid surgery (oculoplastics), including eyelid correction, repair and reconstruction, and management of eyelid cancers. In addition to these specialty areas, Dr Levitz also treats general ophthalmological disorders.

Dr Joe Reich AM

Regional Medical Director – Victoria

Dr Joseph Reich is a highly experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. With the evolution of laser eye technology, Dr Reich has maintained his expertise and performs LASIK and ASLA/PRK.

He also specialises in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange, and has extensive experience with multifocal and toric lenses. Dr Reich performs complex cataract surgery on patients with co-occuring eye diseases, such as keratoconus, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

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A/Prof Michael Lawless

Dr Michael Lawless is one of Australia’s most experienced eye surgeons, having performed more than 30,000 surgical procedures. He is a Clinical Professor at Sydney Medical School (University of Sydney) and is recognised throughout the world as an authority on laser eye surgery.

Dr Lawless’s expertise encompasses laser eye surgery (LASIK, ASLA/PRK and SMILE®), cataract and lens replacement surgery (including laser cataract surgery) and phakic intraocular lenses. In addition to his refractive work, Dr Lawless treats corneal conditions using procedures such as corneal cross-linking and corneal transplantation. He is frequently invited to present at major international conferences.

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Dr Lee Lenton

Dr Lee Lenton is a highly respected and experienced cataract and refractive surgeon. Since 1995, he has performed over 15,000 LASIK laser eye surgery procedures. Dr Lenton also specialises in refractive lens exchange and cataract surgery, with expertise in intraocular lens technology. For the past 5 years, Dr Lenton has specialised in cataract and refractive surgery using multifocal IOL insertions, having performed more than 4000 trifocal IOL insertions.

In addition, Dr Lenton manages diseases that affect the surface of the eye (e.g. dry eye, red eye, corneal ulcers and chronic conjunctivitis). He has done pioneering research into dry eye and the use of medicated honey to treat chronic blepharitis and dry eye before and after laser eye surgery and cataract surgery.

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A/Prof Abi Tenen

Associate Professor Abi Tenen is a highly experienced and well-respected refractive, corneal and cataract surgeon. Her areas of expertise include LASIK, PRK/ASLA, implantable contact lens, refractive lens exchange, keratoconus and collagen cross-linking, intracorneal rings and inlays, pterygium removal and cataract surgery with premium lens implants. By working closely with a broad range of refractive-based procedures, A/Prof Tenen is able to offer a customised care plan for each patient.

A/Prof Tenen’s compassionate manner has led her to be extensively involved in various charity and teaching pursuits, including a long-term appointment as Adjunct Senior Lecturer for the School of Primary Healthcare in the Faculty of Medicine at Monash University. She has worked with technologies running in parallel to her ophthalmic work, including programs using neuroplasticity in order to improve vision.

More recently, A/Prof Tenen has developed a keen interest in regenerative medicine and is involved in leading research focusing on the use of mesenchymal stem cells. As a pioneer in the field, she was involved in the introduction of the femtosecond laser to Australia in 2006 and she continues to stay at the forefront of ophthalmic technologies.

A/Prof Tenen is a frequent contributor and invited speaker at local and international conferences.

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Dr Paul Athanasiov

Dr Paul Athanasiov is an experienced ophthalmologist and the Founder and Principal Ophthalmologist at Eye Surgeons SA. His areas of expertise include advanced laser cataract surgery, corneal grafting and surgery, pterygium excision and glaucoma surgery. Dr Athanasiov also diagnoses and treats macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease and keratoconus. In addition, he has been published widely in the areas of cataract, oculoplastic surgery and ocular anaesthesia.

Dr Athanasiov completed his medical training at the University of Adelaide and further sub-specialist training in the areas of cornea, glaucoma and complex cataract surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 2013. His post-graduate qualifications also include a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Ophthalmology from the University of Adelaide.

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Accreditation

All of our day surgeries are fully accredited against National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards, with an on-site Director of Nursing to lead the clinical support team.

“Auditors comment on how enjoyable it is to audit our facilities because of the standard of Clinical Governance and the high quality of systems and processes that we have in place.”
– Kylie Bennett – National Director of Nursing

Quality statement

In alignment with our core values, Vision Hospital Group is dedicated to delivering exceptional care underpinned by integrity, accountability and team work, with the aim to provide high-quality, patient-centred services. We prioritise consumer engagement and feedback to optimise patient outcomes and ensure outstanding customer service for those under our care.

To uphold these standards, we have implemented robust quality management systems aligning with the requirements of the Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care’s National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Accreditation to these standards involves:

  • Compliance with professional standards, relevant Australian legislations, regulations and law
  • A focus on and commitment to continuous quality improvement
  • Partnering with consumers by treating them with dignity and respect, sharing information, and encouraging active participation
  • Establishment of robust governance and reporting structures
  • Implementation of clinical evidence-based practices focused on maximising outcomes, safety and comfort for consumers
  • Ongoing education and development of staff in providing high-quality patient care.

Vision Hospital Group remains steadfast in its commitment to a patient-centred approach, striving to enhance the healthcare experience and outcomes for consumers. This commitment is realised through strong leadership, effective corporate governance and prudent risk management practices, all conducted in a controlled and appropriate manner.

If you would like to learn more about our quality and safety systems, please read our annual Quality of Care report.

Quality management

The Australian NSQHS Standards were developed to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of healthcare.

A surveillance audit is undertaken regularly to ensure that our processes are monitored, maintained and reviewed and that improvements are continuously implemented. A re-certification audit is conducted every 3 years, with all safety and quality processes assessed to ensure the standards required by the NSQHS are still being met.

Vision Hospital Group supports partnering with consumers to help them make informed decisions about their treatment and care options. Through the use of national Clinical Care Standards, we help people get the right care in the right place at the right time. The Clinical Care Standards are produced by The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, which also oversees the NSQHS Standards. You can use the information contained in the Clinical Care Standards to guide discussions with our healthcare professionals about treatment options suitable for your condition.

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In safe hands

Logo with two hands holding the text 'In Safe Hands'. Rest assured you're in safe hands.Our aim is to deliver world-class care to patients by focusing on the quality and safety of our services. We promise to provide a safe and comfortable environment for your medical care by focusing on three key areas through our In Safe Hands initiative: infection control, emotional safety and wellbeing, and a commitment to quality.

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