Sydney optometrist Dr William Huyliem Trinh has been honoured in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Dr Trinh received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for service to international humanitarian medical programs and to optometry.
Dr Trinh was a board member of Optometry NSW/ACT from 1998 to 2001, and is chairman of the charity organisation Australian Health Humanitarian Aid which has enabled more than 8,000 free cataract surgeries and over 9,000 dental procedures for disabled children in Vietnam and Cambodia.
As a visiting lecturer and clinical instructor at the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science and a UNSW Optometry Clinic supervisor, he has taught therapeutics to hundreds of optometry students and has hosted many on placement in his Cabramatta, Sydney practice.
Dr Trinh was co-founder of the Australian Vietnamese Health Professionals Association (AHHA) NSW in 1989 and its treasurer for the first 10 years. In 1990, he helped Professor Fred Hollows raise over AU$20,000 for his first trip to Vietnam to operate and teach ophthalmology.
Other eye care professionals recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours roll were Dr Arthur Michael Briner (Queensland), for service to the Jewish community, and ophthalmology; Dr Harold Paul Spiro (Queensland) for service to paediatric ophthalmology; and Alison Plain (Victoria) for service to the international community of Indonesia through eye health programs.