There are currently 40 orthoptists working in Ireland, many of whom are part-time. We work mainly in the public service, either in hospitals or in the community setting, though many of us also work in the private sector.
The Irish Association of Orthoptists (Republic of Ireland) is the professional body for orthoptists in Ireland. Many of us are members of The British and Irish Orthoptic Society, see www.orthoptics.org.uk.
Our current Chairman is Gillian O’Mullane (below). Gillian grew up in Dublin and completed her degree in Orthoptics at Glasgow Caledonian University, before going on to research eye movement. She received her PhD from The University of Liverpool. She works in The Children’s University Hospital, Temple St., Dublin 1.
Our current Secretary is Aoife MacCann. Aoife works in Waterford Regional Hospital, and in the community.
The Irish Association of Orthoptists strives to promote the profession for the benefit of patients and orthoptists. We provide guidance and teaching for other health care professionals, and represent members at national level.