Dr Melinda Toomey

Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences


Dr Melinda Toomey, an optometrist and health services researcher, is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Hearing Research (CHEAR), University of Queensland. Currently, she is working on a MRFF-funded project to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and hearing and/or vision impairment. Melinda's research focus is on the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based, patient-centred tools and programs using an implementation science approach across a range of healthcare settings.

Melinda completed her PhD at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney, where she was awarded a Dean's Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis. In her PhD thesis entitled, racetrack: Improving the Appropriateness of Australian Glaucoma Eyecare Delivery (ImAAGED), Melinda investigated barriers and enablers to care delivery and then developed a program to improve the quality of glaucoma care delivery.

Research Interests

  • Health services research and evidence-based practice
  • Age-related eye diseases and vision impairment
  • Implementation science and behaviour change


  • Doctor of Philosophy of Optometry, University of New South Wales
  • Graduate Certificate in Optometry, University of New South Wales
  • Masters (Coursework) of Optometry, University of New South Wales
  • Masters (Coursework) of Business (Administration), Southern Cross University
  • Bachelor of Optometry, Queensland University of Technology


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