Our Optometrist

Meet Our Optometrist

Rory is a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist, who works for his mobile Optometry service at Dowdall Optometry Group, or DOG for short. The global pandemic provided us all with difficult new challenges and choices, and recognising the need to adapt to the ever-changing COVID world, Rory started a mobile optometry business to not only help himself through a tough financial period, but to bridge the gap between some of Australia’s most vulnerable communities and high-quality eye healthcare in 2020.

Today, Rory’s mobile clinic has grown into a full-time business serving over seven locations across regional QLD, and expanding every day, recently entering the metro Brisbane area north of the Brisbane River. Our group started out in central QLD, with a slit lamp and fundus camera, an OCT scanner and a rental car, Now we have several vehicles, the latest SLO technology fundus imaging, and associated links with GP clinics, hospitals, pharmacies and ophthalmologists right across the regions we serve, alongside a permanent clinic in Brisbane.

Rory regularly travels via Van to Birdsville, Bedourie, Blackwater, Chinchilla, Tara, St George, and Agnes Water, to set up full scope practices including Visual Field Analysis, OCT Scanning, fundus imaging, and contact lens fitting. Without this, residents would have little to no access to eye care – the alternative being to travel long distances, deterring many.

DOG also offers a solution for aged care residents in Metro and regional areas, who – in addition to the challenges of mobility and transport – today face enormous health risks venturing into the community. The new practice in the north of Brisbane at Banyo is up and running, which has been enormous help to north Brisbane locals in coping with the loss of local practices in the Toombul floods.


Our Optometrist in the News

An article published by Optometry Australia, the leading representative body for Optometrists in Australia

https://www.optometry.org.au/members_member_initiatives/oqnt-member-profile-rory-dowdall/

A recent publication from IMPACT Community Services, one of the Federally Funded regional health services we work alongside

https://impact.org.au/visiting-optometrist-now-operating-out-of-impacts-discovery-coast-health-service/

Rory was mad enough to tackle the Annapurna Base Camp trek, and he did some eye testing on the way

https://eyes4everest.org.au/blog/abc-rory-dowdall

We rely on the amazing assistance from CheckUP Australia, a Federal Govt funding initiative that helps bring high quality health services to rural and regional Australia - They spent 5 minutes chatting to Rory about his adventures on the road and what makes him tick!

https://www.facebook.com/checkupaustralia/posts/brisbane-based-provider-rory-dowdall-delivers-outreach-optometry-services-to-rem/4505083759546050/