A/Prof Kris Rallah-Baker

Associate Professor Kris Rallah-Baker

Associate Professor Kristopher Rallah-Baker is a specialist ophthalmologist based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Inspired by his mother, who was one of Australia’s first Indigenous health workers, and then by the work of Fred Hollows, Kris completed his undergraduate Medical Degree at the University of Newcastle, followed by specialist ophthalmology training with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and was offered a Fred Hollows Foundation Fellowship in 2017. Kris spent time working closely with Indigenous populations in Alice Springs, as well as time overseas in the Pacific Islands.

Kris is Australia’s first and currently only Indigenous ophthalmologist. He was the founding member of the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association and immediate ex-President, former AMA Federal Councillor, Director on the Federal Board of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, technical advisor to the Fred Hollows Foundation and Chair of the Vision2020 Indigenous Committee.

His ophthalmic interests include cataract, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, and diagnosis and treatment of macular degeneration.

Kris join IEHU in 2020 as an honorary staff member, providing technical and practical guidance to the Indigenous Eye Health Unit .