Dr Mallika Prem Senthil

Senior Lecturer

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt West (W201)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Mallika is an Ophthalmologist with extensive clinical, teaching and research experience in both tertiary education and health sectors. Her doctoral degree involved development and validation of third generation PROMs for retinal diseases. Prior to her doctoral degree, she was employed at the Department of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University Malaysia Sarawak as a Senior Lecturer as well as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Sarawak General Hospital. Throughout the 9 years in Malaysia, she achieved numerous academic and professional service excellence awards. She also embarked on various clinical and academic research projects. Between 2000 and 2004, she worked as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in India. Dr Mallika is a highly motivated researcher and a passionate educator, and her main research focus is on ocular diseases, PROMs, quality of life, Rasch analysis, Ocular imaging, artificial intelligence.


2014 - 2018 PhD, Flinders University

2009 Diploma in Postgraduate Teaching & Learning, University Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia

1997 - 2000, Master of Surgery (Ophthalmology), Madras Medical College, India

1990 - 1996 MBBS, Madras Medical College, India

Honours, awards and grants


2022, Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant - Role of OCTA as a biomarker in peripheral arterial disease (24,429). M Prem Senthil (Lead investigator), R Chakraborty, C Delaney

2022, Dopavision GmbH – The effects of the time of day of blue light stimulation of the optic nerve head on choroidal thickness changes in children with myopia ($22,460). R Chakraborty, M Prem Senthil, Schilling T, Bahmani H, Reynolds C.

2021 - Cross - College Research Funding Award - Development and validation of patient-reported outcome measures for childhood glaucoma ($ 9,970) - M Prem Senthil (Lead Investigator), E Souzeau, L Knight, J Craig

2020 – Azura Clinical Trial on dry eye disease - A Multicentre, Vehicle-controlled, Randomized Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability and Pharmacodynamics of AZR-MD-001 in Patients with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) ($10,000) – P Constable, M Prem Senthil, J Lim, L Loh


2014 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship, International Postgraduate Research Scholarship Award

2014 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship, Australian Postgraduate Award

2017 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship, The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship


2019 Flinders University - Best Early Career Researcher Paper ‘Identification and evaluation of items for vitreoretinal diseases quality of life item banks’

2018 Flinders University - Early Career Researcher Publication Award for the publication 'Developing an item bank to measure the coping strategies of people with hereditary retinal diseases'

2017 Flinders University - Research Higher Degree Student Publication Award for the publication ‘Seeing through their eyes: lived experiences of people with retinitis pigmentosa’

2016 Flinders University - Research Higher Degree Student Publication Award for the publication Assessment of patient-reported outcomes in retinal diseases: a systematic review’

2011 University Malaysia Sarawak - Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Service Academic Award

2008 and 2010 Rotary Club of Kuching - Vocational Service Award for the contribution in the rural blindness prevention program

Key responsibilities
  • Student Experience Coordinator
  • Topic Coordinator for OPTO8002 (Ophthalmology) & OPTO8001 (Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrist 2) topics
  • Providng teching support for OPTO8002 (Ophthalmology), OPTO8001 (KHIO 2), OPTO3001 (KHIO 1), OPTO8006 (Optometry 3), OPTO8004 (Optometry 1) and MMED 3940 (Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics), OPTO3003 (Clinical Skills for Optometrists 3), OPTO8007 (Clinical Placements 1) and OPTO8009 (Clinical Placements 3)
  • Supervising 3 PhD students and 4 Optometry Master students research projects
Teaching interests



Basic Medical Sciences

Topic coordinator
OPTO8002 Ophthalmology
OPTO8001 Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrist 2
Topic lecturer
OPTO3003 Clinical Skills for Optometrists 1
OPTO8007 Clinical Placements 1
OPTO8009 Clinical Placements 3
OPTO8004 Optometry 1
OPTO8006 Optometry 3
OPTO3001 Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrist 1
OPTO8002 Ophthalmology
OPTO8001 Knowledge of Health and Illness for Optometrist 2
MMED3940 Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Supervisory interests
Eye diseases
Item bank and computer adaptive testing system
Ophthalmology, patient-reported outcomes
Quality of life
Rasch analysis
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Optometry (1), Ophthalmology (1), Medicine (1)
Associate supervisor: Ophthalmology (2)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Lynne Loh

HDR Best poster award - SEP 2020

Further information

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-6560-5594

Contibutions to Atlas of Ophthalmology (endorsed by International Council of Ophthalmology)