After qualification from the Welsh National School of Medicine in 1983, Mr Mike Austin’s initial training was in University Hospital of Wales and the Accident and Emergency Department of Cardiff Royal Infirmary. After appointments in the Mersey Regional Neurosciences Centre, Liverpool and General Medicine in Macclesfield, his specialist training in Ophthalmology took him to St. Paul’s Eye Hospital, Liverpool, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and University Hospital, Nottingham. His sub-specialist training in glaucoma was as a research fellow at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and as a senior registrar at the Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham.
Mr Austin has been a consultant ophthalmologist in Swansea since 1995 where his main clinical interests have been in the further development of the local glaucoma services, bringing in new multidisciplinary and virtual clinics years before they were common in the rest of the UK. In addition to outpatient care, he undertakes laser and major surgical interventions for glaucoma. His experience of small incision phacoemulsification cataract surgery goes back to its adoption in UK mainstream practice in the 1990s and various technological advances up to the present day. He has undertaken his share of the local general ophthalmic routine and emergency workload throughout his consultant career.
His other main interests are in medical education and clinical pathways development. He is an honorary senior clinical lecturer with School of Medicine, Swansea University and has set up teaching in basic sciences and clinical ophthalmology for undergraduate medical students of Swansea and Cardiff Universities. Between 2012 and 2018 he served as Royal College of Ophthalmologists Regional Advisor in Wales and Wales Postgraduate Deanery Faculty Lead for Ophthalmology Specialist Training. His research interests have concentrated on the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, with an emphasis on early diagnosis and team working with allied professions, which he has championed from various roles in association with Welsh Government and NHS Wales national leadership.