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Recognition for outstanding service in optometry

31 October 2014
Associate Professor Rob Jacobs
Associate Professor Rob Jacobs


The School of Optometry and Vision Science congratulates Associate Professor Robert Jacobs who has been awarded the H.S. Gilberd Memorial Award for his outstanding services to the field of optometry.  This was awarded by the New Zealand Association of Optometrists on 18 October 2014.


Since starting practising optometry in 1971, Associate Profession Jacobs has made many important contributions to the field of optometry. His contributions include:


  • The establishment of practitioner credentialing for optometrists with the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand through the NZ Association of Optometrists (NZAO).


  • The establishment of NZAO practice standards.


  • The development of the Optometrist's Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation standards.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rob Jacobs!

The New Zealand Association of Optometrists established the H.S. Gilberd Memorial Award in 1951.  It was created in memory of Napier-born optician, Mr H.S. Gilberd to recognise his lengthy and tireless services to optometry.


All department staff and students wish to congratulate Rob on the prestigious recognition that comes with the H.S. Gilberd Memorial Award.  His award was acknowledged at a recent Department Meeting.