Margie O’Neill is an optometrist and eye care coordinator who has lived in and travelled extensively across the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia for over two decades. Whilst personally delivering eye care services she acquired a practical knowledge of the limitations of clinical and social services in regional Australia, so is well qualified to advise the PEF on areas of unmet need. Outside of W.A. she has experience in remote communities in NSW and the Northern Territory, acquired while working with the Brien Holden Vision Institute; with Pacific Island communities in Kiribati, Tonga, and Papua New Guinea; while working with Fred Hollows New Zealand. She has worked in several African regions with the Sightsavers School Health Integrated Programme based in the U.K. She has also worked as an optometric volunteer in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ghana, and East Timor. In 2003 she was awarded a World Council of Optometry scholarship. Her other awards include a Brien Holden scholarship, the Theo Kannis award for clinical optometry, the university of NSW alumni award, and Australia’s local hero award in 2006. In 2010 she was a finalist in the Australian of the year awards.