QEDIC offers a series of tests performed to international standards which permit the investigation of visual disorders and enable suitable management of patients who have retinal or optic nerve disorders. These tests permit the discovery of retinal function, dissecting the retina layer-by-layer, cell-by-cell. They are non-invasive and provide information regarding the eye and visual function not otherwise available. These tests are an important addition to normal eye investigation and examination, and help clinicians distinguish between different eye disorders that may have the same symptoms.
QEDIC has a strong commitment to research and in this respect collaborates closely with clinicians and researchers at the Queensland Eye Institute, as well as with researchers at other electro-diagnostic centres within Australia and overseas.
In the 1970’s, Dr Denis Stark pioneered visual electrophysiology in Queensland, resulting in the establishment of what was to become the Visual Electro-Diagnostic Clinic (VEDC) in 2006 at Mt. Gravatt in Brisbane. During these years, Dr. Stark built up a strong referral base from Queensland, northern New South Wales, and the Pacific Islands.
From February 1, 2014, VEDC was acquired by the Queensland Eye Institute with the aim of growing both the clinical diagnostic and research capabilities of the Clinic.
Tests provided by QEDIC include: Multifocal Electroretinography, Electro-oculography, and various tests to measure Visual Evoked Potentials, including the ability to objectively measure visual acuity. Unlike many other visual tests, these tests are objective, repeatable and non-invasive. Tests are provided to patients of all ages from new-born babies to the elderly.
All tests are carried out in accordance to international standards established by the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (Iwww.iscev.org).
Professor Mark Radford MD (Nagasaki), PhD (Flinders)
Professor Radford is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for Queensland Eye Institute. Mark completed his first undergraduate degree at Flinders University of South Australia in 1978, and his Doctor of Medicine at Nagasaki University School of Medicine in 1992. During this period he also completed a PhD at Flinders University (1989).
Associate Professor Anthony Kwan (MBChB (UK), MD (London), FRCOphth (UK), FRANZCO)
Dr Anthony Kwan is Macula & Retina Specialist and Vitreoretinal Surgeon. He received his schooling and medical training in England, and ophthalmology training in London. He spent over 10 years at one of the largest specialist eye hospitals in the world, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London. He obtained his research-based Doctor of Medicine (MD) on the subject of retinal transplantation from the Institute of Ophthalmology at the University of London. Between research and clinical care, Dr Kwan devotes himself to the education of junior doctors, optometrists, nurses, orthoptics and medical students. He is the Director of the Vitreoretinal service at QEI and also holds a public hospital appointment as the Director of Ophthalmology at the Mater Adult Hospital, Mater Health Services, Brisbane.
Associate Professor Denis Stark MBBS (Qld), FRCS (Ed), FRANZCO
Dr. Stark pioneered visual electrophysiology in Queensland during the 1970s resulting in the establishment of the visual electro-diagnostic clinic in 1979. For many years he has been a well known and respected ophthalmologist in Queensland. Dr Stark is part of the team that provides clinical reports for the tests provided at QEDIC.
Clinical Services Manager
Anna Blake has a wealth of experience in managing diverse medical practices. In July 2010 Anna joined the Queensland Eye Institute team as Clinical Services Manager. She has a Bachelor of Business with a focus on Health Information Management and has experience in the health industry working in allied health, general practice, specialist ophthalmic practices and day hospital environments.
Timothy Stark BE, MBA
Lead Clinical Scientist
For seven years Tim Stark has been responsible for establishing appropriate protocols for each of the tests conducted at QEDIC, including adapting tests so they can be performed in infants without anaesthesia. Tim brings an expertise in evaluating test results so that they provide the highest quality results maximising both their clinical value and diagnostic potential. His engineering and IT background facilitates the maintenance and functioning of the complex equipment.