Associate Professor Jason Booth is the Academic Lead of Optometry and joined Flinders in 2014. He has helped maintain the authenticity of the work integrated learning experiences for students both on and off campus to ensure they are taught clinical diagnostic thinking skills.
Jason’s first role as an optometry graduate was in Broken Hill. Majority of the time he was the only eye care professional (primary or secondary) in a 300km radius. Any major services were 500km away. He held this role for five years and became the store manager, were he honed clinical, diagnostic, and people-management skills.
Jason worked in community practice in many locations for the next 12 years. He worked clinically but also spent time as a regional optometry manager and sales manager.
University of New South Wales: Post Grad Diploma of Ocular Therapeutics (2012)
Monash University:Small Business Management Course (1999)
University of New South Wales: Masters Course in Ocular Therapeutics (1998)
University of New South Wales: Bachelor of Optometry (1996)
First Class honors
Nepalese Government: Constitution Day award (2018)
Certificate of Appreciation; for establishing eye health camp in regional Nepal
Australian Government: Member of The Order of Australia (AM) (2016)
"For significant service to optometry as a clinical educator, to professional organisations and to international humanitarian eye care programs"
Rotary International: Paul Harris Fellow (2012)
Awarded by Dhulikhel Rotary Club Kavre District Nepal
Australian Government: Department of Foreign Affairs Certificate of Appreciation
President-elect Unley Rotary Club 2018-2019
State Councillor for Optometrist Association Australia SA division 2008 –2014
Vice President for Optometrist Association Australia SA division 2009 – 2014
Continuing Education Committee for Optometrist Association Australia SA division 2006 - 2014
Chair of the Continuing Education Committee for Optometrist Association Australia SA division 2007 - 2013
Team member on annual Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) Nepal Eye Teams 2002- Present
Team member on annual RAWCS Mongolia Eye Teams 2005- 2010
Team leader of RAWCS Nepal Eye Teams 2004-2010
Team leader and co-organiser of RAWCS Mongolia Eye Teams 2006-2010
President of the Makin EDGE Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully 2009
Charter member of the Makin EDGE Rotary Club of Tea Tree Gully