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Associate Professor Rob Jacobs - Queen's Birthday Honours 2017

28 September 2017
A/P Rob Jacobs
A/P Rob Jacobs

Congratulations to Associate Professor Rob Jacobs who has been honoured as a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to optometry and education.

Rob has contributed significantly to New Zealand optometry and education for more than 30 years. He was involved in revisions to the curriculum in 1996 and since 2003 he has been a key player in designing a curriculum that has allowed Optometrists to prescribe medicines. Rob has been heavily involved in research and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, held more than 34 peer-reviewed conference proceedings and recently published a textbook on Ocular Prosthetics. He has provided advice on colour vision and visual ergonomics to many national bodies, including the New Zealand police and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

Rob has served as an expert witness in District Courts and the Supreme Court on issues involving colour vision and motor vehicle driving. He has contributed to the training of optometrists and is the past academic director and head of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland, the only accredited training programme for optometrists in New Zealand. In 2002 Rob was made an Honorary Member of NZAO.