KEVIN BELLTo attend special opthalmic courses on diagnostic fluorescein angiography techniques of the eye and associated instrumentation - Germany, UK, USA
For the last ten years I have been working with the Australian Antarctic Division managing a multimedia unit – working for short periods in Antarctica – Casey Station, Davis Station and Macquarie Island.
More recently – I now work for Aurora Energy, managing a team of people whom develop and design the power infrastructure for Tasmania.
Kevin held the following awards:
Outstanding young Australians Award 1978
Lions International “Melvin Jones” Fellowship 1993
Australia Day Award 1995
Tasmanian Lions Foundation Fellowship 2001
My fellowship was granted to study fluorescein Angiography – a method of taking photos of the retina whilst a dye called fluorescein was injected into a blood vessel at a site on the arm. This dye was then tracked photographically during its travel through parts of the vascular network in the retina. Any leaking blood vessels, or blocked vessels and pathology is captured on film and easily identified and treatment decided. In essence, a diagnostic means of identifying many conditions that affect sight.
September 1979 I commenced my study tour to speak at conference at Cardiff – Wales, on Medical and Biological Photography, then to Dundee – Scotland, to work at the Ninewells Hospital – leaders in developing photographic techniques for diagnosing retinal conditions, then on to Essen Klinikem – Germany, the fathers of Fluorescein Angiography, then across to San Francisco to speak at a world congress on Ophthalmic photography and finally across to the Baylor college of medicine – Houston Texas – a progressive Ophthalmic unit with state of the art diagnostic techniques.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
The first positive result from my study was that I was invited back the following year to Chicago to speak on my work at the Royal Hobart at world congress on ophthalmic Photography.
A result of my fellowship – over subsequent years, was the further development of Fluorescein angiogarphy as diagnostic technique at the Royal Hobart Hospital and later at the Tasmanian Lions Diagnostic Eye Clinic.
One of Lions International charter is save sight, over the years Lions clubs in Tasmania contributed substantial funds to save sight at the Royal Hobart Hospital and later established a Lions diagnostic Eye Clinic at St Johns Hospital. It was here that the result of my fellowship took root in playing a major part in establishing a dedicated diagnostic eye clinic for Tasmanians. This center run for ten years before it was priviatised into private practice.
Since my Churchill Fellowship I have completed a Masters degree in Public Administration, a Masters degree in Education and currently in the last phase of writing up my thesis for a Doctorate in education.