The Ophthalmology Department at Queensland Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive tertiary and secondary care and treatment for children with eye and vision disorders including:

  • amblyopia and strabismus (lazy eyes and turned eyes)
  • oculoplastic, orbital and lacrimal disorders
  • cataract surgery
  • glaucoma
  • cornea and anterior segments diseases
  • oncology, especially retinoblastoma
  • oculogenetics
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • retinopathy of prematurity
  • medical & surgical retinal diseases
  • corneal disease
  • vitreo-retinal disease
  • paediatric low vision (children with visual failure).


Ophthalmology Clinic
Level 2 (2d), Queensland Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Monday to Friday  |  8am–4pm

Outreach Clinics
Our outreach clinic visits the Cairns Hospital every three months. Contact the Cairns Hospital for more information.

Consultation advice

All new patients will require drops for pupil dilatation (30 minutes) to allow accurate refraction (measurement of the need for glasses) and fundus examination (examination of the internal structures of the eye). A full assessment will take a few hours to complete. Patients may be seen and examined by an orthoptist (allied health professional), an optometrist, or a doctor during their visit.

Who can access this service?

New patients

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 16th birthday.

Existing patients with complex care needs

Referrals are accepted up to a child’s 18th birthday (patients are usually transitioned to adult services by this time).

Catchment area

Tertiary referrals are accepted for all children living in Queensland.

Secondary referrals (e.g. lazy eyes and crossed eyes) should be referred firstly to the local area health service unless the patient lives within the Queensland Children’s Hospital catchment area.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

Referrals are accepted from:

  • general practitioners
  • paediatric specialists
  • optometrists

Information for health professionals

From 1 May 2019 referral criteria will apply at CHQ. This condition has minimum demographic and essential clinical referral information that is required to be included prior to submission of the referral. Visit the CPC website for the required condition. If you are unable to provide the required “essential information” please state the reason when you submit the referral.

Urgent referrals

Contact the ophthalmology registrar on call via the hospital switchboard. All cases must be discussed with the on-call registrar before a patient can be admitted.
t: 07 3068 1111

Useful links

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
CHQ Referral Guidelines
CPC (Clinical Prioritisation Criteria)

Our team


Special Interests; Neuro-Ophthalmology, Retinopathy of Prematurity and Complex Strabismus.


Dr Michael Barkley (BAppSci(Optom) MBBS MMed FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
Dr Shaheen Shah (MBBS MSc MD(Res) FRCOphth FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Strabismus, Cataract and Retinopathy of Prematurity.
Special Interests; Cataract Surgery, Retinal Medicine and Strabismus.
Dr Jayne Camuglia (MBBS BSc FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Retinopathy of Prematurity, Retinoblastoma and Strabismus.
Dr Elias Kehdi (BOpton MOptom MBBS FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Strabismus, Glaucoma and Cataract Surgery.
Dr Phillipa Sharwood (BOptom MBBS FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Strabismus, Cataract, Uveitis and Genetics.
Dr Sonia Ahn Yuen (MD PhD FRANZCO).
Special Interests; Oculoplastics and Strabismus.
Professor Timothy Sullivan (MBBS FRANZCO FRACS).
Special Interests; Oculoplastics.
Special Interests; Oculoplastics.
Dr Mark Chiang (MBBS FRANZCO).
Special Interests; Glaucoma.
Dr Abhishek Sharma (MBBS, MMed, DPhil, FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Retinal Medicine.
Dr Lawrence Lee (MBBS, FRANZCO, FRACS)
Special Interests; Vitreo-Retinal Surgery and Retinal Medicine.
Dr David Gunn (MBBS (Hons 1), BSc Cert LRS, FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Corneal Disease.
Dr Graham Lee (MD, MBBS, FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Corneal Disease.
Dr Richa Sharma (MBBS, MS, FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Paediatric Ophthalmology.
Dr Jaclyn White (B.App.Sc (Med.Sc), MBBS)
Special Interests; Retinoblastoma and Paediatric Ophthalmology.
Dr Juanita Pappalardo (BPharm, MBBS, FRANZCO)
Special Interests; Cataract surgery, Glaucoma and Diabeticeye disease.


Michael Sleep (BOrthoptic and Ophthalmic Sciences (Hons))
Jit Magar (PhD, BOptom, Reg.ORTHOP Board)
Keren Edwards (DOBA)
Maria Curro (BAppSc Orthoptics)
Faren Willett (BSc Neurosci, MOrth)
Melanie Lloyd (BOrthoptic and Ophthalmic Sciences)
Heidi-Rose Neilson (BBioTech, MOrth)
Haneen Jaber (MOrth and BMedicalScience)


Dr Ann Webber (PhD MS FAAO, BAppSc Optom (Hons), GradCert Ocular Therapeutics)
Leah Pettit (BAppSc Optom (Hons), GradCert Ocular Therapeutics)
Felicity Sklavos (BAppSc Optom (Hons), GradCert Ocular Therapeutics)

This service is available at

Ophthalmology (2d)
Queensland Children’s Hospital

Level 2
501 Stanley Street
South Brisbane
QLD 4101
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Contact details

t: 07 3068 2630
e: chq_eyes@health.qld.gov.au

For aligned optometrists

e: CHQ_OptAlign@health.qld.gov.au

Operating hours

Monday to Friday, 8am–4.30pm.
Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Paediatric Optometry Alignment Program
Paediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship Program
Private paediatric ophthalmologists
List of CHQ aligned optometrists