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Optometrist appointed chair of Notre Dame’s Medical School Advisory Board

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Mylens Optical's optometrist Mr Paul Sheehan has been appointed chairman of the Medical School Advisory Board at Notre Dame University in Sydney. Mr Sheehan is the first optometrist in Australia to be appointed to such a position. He has held a variety of positions since graduating in optometry from the University of New South Wales in 1979. including heading up NIB Eyecare in Newcastle, being a co-founder and director of Union Optical in Melbourne, and a co-founder and director of Mylens, a contact-lens supply company based in Sydney.

Through his contacts within the union movement and government, in 1993 Mr Sheehan played the major role in preventing benefits for optometrical consultations being dropped by Medicare, a role that has never been acknowledged by Optometrists Association Australia. He was a member of the New South Wales Board of Optometrical Registration in the early 1990s. Currently he is a director of Metro Dental in Melbourne (from January 2011) and a director of Mylens Optical, based in Artarmon, Sydney, which is an online optical business selling contact lenses, prescription glasses and sunglasses. He has been a director of Smart Eyes Melbourne and Charlestown since January 2006 and a director of Yangoda for 22 years. Yangoda is an ancillary health advisory company which established medical, optical and dental services primarily for health-insurance funds and universities around Australia. His consultancy work has included AHM, HCF, NIB, Teachers Health, Peoplecare and Rt Health Funds over 29 years. He was managing director of Optifashion Australia (August2007-November 2009). Optifashion Australia was the company through which Safilo SpA of Italy established 68 retail stores in Australia.