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Mitchell Anjou has been a Senior Research Fellow at Minum Barreng, the Indigenous Eye Health Unit (IEHU) at the University of Melbourne, since 2010.
After initial training as an optometrist at the University of Melbourne in 1982, Mitchell was awarded his Master’s degree for research undertaken at the National Vision Research Institute of Australia. He then worked overseas for two years before taking up a position as staff optometrist in the Melbourne Optometry Clinic in the Australian College of Optometry. He was appointed Director of the Clinic in 1988 and was also coordinator of the clinical school for the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences in the University of Melbourne. Under his Directorship, the number of services provided each year doubled to 50,000 for more than 35,000 patients. As a part of the expansion of services, an optometry clinic was set up in the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service and optometric services were brought to other rural and metropolitan Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations.
Mitchell also contributed to the development of a network of low vision clinics throughout Victoria, and a three year clinical residency program for newly graduated optometrists.
In his role as Poche Research Fellow at Minum Barreng, Mitchell has made major contributions to turning research into practice, including The roadmap to Close the Gap in vision, which provides a comprehensive framework for addressing the eye health disadvantages experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Mitchell's many contributions to eye health, particularly the eye health of Indigenous people, were recognised in the 2013 Australia Day honours when he became a Member of the Order of Australia.