I have degrees in philosophy and medicine, a fellowship in ophthalmology, and in 2018 received an Order of Australia award for overseas aid work. I specialised in adult ophthalmic disorders, colour vision, and cataract surgery.  

I completed ophthalmology training in 1984 before working as the Australian fellow at St. John’s Eye Hospital Jerusalem in 1985. I then volunteered as a visiting consultant for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind in the West Indies, returning to Perth in late 1986. I joined a group practice at the Mount Hospital, and began a part time ophthalmology practice in Midland shortly after. I also made regular Health Department sponsored visits to aboriginal communities in the East Kimberleys and volunteered as an examiner for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists for 15 years.

In 1990 the Mount Hospital practice was relocated to the Claremont Eye Clinic, and the Midland practice was gradually expanded. When the Claremont Eye Clinic closed in 2000 I commenced a full time ophthalmology practice in Midland, at the Midland Professional Centre.

In 2006 I retired from visiting the Kimberleys to make way for a more comprehensive outback service operating through Lions Outback Vision, and also to find time to join the East Timor Eye Program. I then made regular visits to East Timor until they were interrupted by the Covid pandemic but am still engaged in that project via internet teaching.

In 2018 I moved the Midland Eye Clinic into  premises at the Midland Crescent Village and Dr Jonathon Ng took over practice management. Other ophthalmologists have since used that clinic, with two from the Lions Eye group leaving to establish a separate clinic in Midland.  

I worked pro bono on several boards including RANZCO and the Perth Eye Centre, and retired from the  board of the Perth Eye Foundation in February 2021. I closed my clinical practice on January 25th 2022.

In retirement I will spend some time carbon farming and re-engaging with philosophy, but will never forget the wonderful characters I was privileged to meet in clinical practice. 

Ross Littlewood has now retired from the board of the Perth Eye Foundation (PEF) but is still involved with that charity. For information about the PEF go to www.pertheyefoundation.org.au

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