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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of our day surgeries are fully accredited against National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards and ISO 9001, with an on-site Director of Nursing to lead the clinical support team.
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:
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.
ISO 9001 is one of the most recognisable international standards for quality management – certification indicates that an organisation’s service or product meets a certain level of quality. ISO 9001 is the standard accepted by the NSW Ministry of Health and all private health funds.
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 ISO 9001 and 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.
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.