23 May 2019
Dr Kez Latham is a professional optometrist, and Head of the Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences at ARU. Here, Kez discusses how her job allows her to make a difference - to students, patients and colleagues.
As Head of Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences, my job involves leading the team, teaching students, conducting research, and administration.
The thing I enjoy the most about my job is making a difference, in a variety of different ways, to my students, patients and colleagues. I believe my job directly contributes to the success of ARU students, through my research that informs my teaching and clinical practice, and by introducing students to the knowledge and skills they will need in their profession. Indirectly I also achieve this by supporting VHS staff to be able to do this too.
In 2017 I was awarded the Neil Charman Medal for excellence in optometric research by the College of Optometrists. To have my research in visual impairment and its rehabilitation recognised by my own professional body was very special, and my proudest achievement during my time at ARU. I’m also really proud to be working with such a dedicated team of staff, who are passionate about their subjects, and bringing that to the next generational of optical and audiological professionals.
If I could offer one piece of advice to people, I’d tell them life is short – use it to do things that are meaningful to you, and fit your motivations!