Dr Kate Gifford is an internationally renowned clinician-scientist and peer educator from Queensland, Australia, and a Visiting Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Graduating from QUT in 2003 with First Class Honours and a University Medal, Kate completed her PhD on contact lens optics and binocular vision in myopia in 2018, holds four professional fellowships, over 70 peer reviewed and professional publications and has presented over 150 conference lectures across the world. Kate is co-founder of the world-leading educational platform Myopia Profile, which assists practitioner management and raises public awareness of childhood myopia. Kate is also the Chair of the Clinical Management Guidelines Committee of the International Myopia Institute and lead author on the landmark white paper published in 2019.
Chair of the International Myopia Institute Clinical Management Guidelines Committee 2019-present, Queensland University of Technology Young Alumnus of the Year 2017, British Contact Lens Association President's Award for Excellence 2017, President of Optometry Australia 2014-16, Queensland Optometrist of the Year 2013, President of Optometry Queensland & Northern Territory 2010-12, QUT Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence – Learning and Teaching 2010