Bernie graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 1990 and began her first position as a general optometrist in 1991. During these early days of her career, Bernie developed an interest in children with learning difficulties and children with special needs.
With this passion for how we learn, Bernie completed a Graduate Diploma in Education at Edith Cowan University in 1996 and began teaching middle and upper primary school children in the Pilbara, Western Australia. With permanent teacher roles a rarity in Metropolitan Perth at the time, Bernie worked as a locum optometrist in a Behavioural Optometry practice – and finally discovered how vision and learning could meet.
The following years saw Bernie gain experience in clinical practice with a number of well respected Behavioural Optometry practices in Perth. Further study followed, with Behavioural Optometry units through the University of New South Wales and the attainment of her Fellowship of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (FACBO) in 2011.
Not forgetting adult’s eyecare needs, Bernie has been involved in the writing of Eyecare Education Manuals and the delivery of Primary Eyecare programmes in both East Timor and Vanuatu through the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE).
Bernie constantly seeks to enhance her knowledge on the importance of a well developed and fully functional visual system and how this links to our ability to learn. To this end, she attends a number of national and international conferences on the topic each year.
Bernie loves to share her passion with others and educate parents, teachers, health care professionals and the wider community that vision is more than just sight. Her community talks and workshops engage others in understanding how powerful our vision is and how vital it is in allowing us to interact with and learn from our environment.
Bernie holds a Bachelor of Applied Science – Optometry from the Queensland University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Education from Edith Cowan University WA and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (FACBO).
Bernie has previously held positions as the Vice President and President of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists and sits currently as a Director on the Board of Provision representing Independent Optometrists in Australia.
Bernie is a member of the Optometrist Association of Australia (OAA), Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO), Optometric Extension Programme (OEP) and Provision.