MBBS (Syd), PhD (UNSW), FRANZCO

Ashish hails from regional NSW and is thus well aware of the challenges faced in accessing specialist services in the country. Since training as an ophthalmologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, he has thus remained committed to ensuring specialist medical eyecare is not limited by geography.

Dr Agar has worked in Far Western NSW with the Outback Eye Service (based at Prince of Wales Hospital) since its inception over a decade ago; first as a student, then registrar, and now as a specialist. In addition to being the Director of the Ophthalmology Service at Broken Hill Hospital, he conducts clinical and surgical visits to Bourke, and helped set up a new service in Cobar. Previously he has also worked as an ophthalmic surgeon in the Dubbo, Tamworth and Griffith hospitals, as well as engaging in research for the Fred Hollows Foundation in Moree.

Currently Dr Agar is the Chair of the RANZCO Indigenous & Rural Health Committee, which aims to enhance ophthalmic care on a national scale. Ashish is based at the Prince of Wales Hospital where he is a Glaucoma consultant. He obtained his Fellowship in Glaucoma from Oxford and also spent time at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Dr Agar is a conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, engaged in clinical studies as well as laboratory research into Glaucoma, being awarded a PhD in this field. He also has an interest in registrar training and overseas development ophthalmology in Myanmar and India.