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Mitchell Anjou is an Academic Specialist and Senior Research Fellow in Indigenous Eye Health at the University of Melbourne, a position he has held since 2010.
Mitchell completed his initial optometry training at the University of Melbourne in 1982 and then a research Master’s degree undertaken at the National Vision Research Institute of Australia. Mitchell was appointed as Clinic Director of the Australian College of Optometry in 1992 and also held an appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Optometry Department of the University of Melbourne. Mitchell led the expansion and broadening of public optometry services in Victoria for over two decades at the Australian College of Optometry. Services were developed through community health facilities and for people with low vision. Outreach services were designed for homeless people and those with disabilities and living in supported accommodation. An optometry clinic was formed in the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and optometric services were brought to other rural and metropolitan Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations.
Mitchell has made significant contributions to turning research into practice through his work in Indigenous eye health including the development and implementation of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision. The Roadmap provides a sector endorsed policy framework to improve the quality and sustainability of eye care service experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and is providing the basis for important systems reform and improved health outcomes.
Mitchell is a member of multiple boards and committees including Director of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ); Director of the Australian College of Optometry; founding member and co-chair of the Public Health Optometry Group (PHOG); appointed member of the Victorian Optometrist Training and Education (VOTE) Trust; and a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Working Group at Optometry Australia.
As a result of his contributions to eye health, in particular the eye health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Mitchell was awarded as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 as part of the Australia Day honours.