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Dr Mark Loane AM honoured as a Queensland Great on the state’s 160th birthday


Dr Mark Loane speaking at Queensland greats event

Vision Eye Institute ophthalmologist and former Wallabies captain Dr Mark Loane has been named a Queensland Great in recognition of his significant achievements in ophthalmology as well as on the sporting field. He received his award from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Queensland Day (6 June 2019).

After a stellar career with Australia’s rugby union team (which included captaining the side from 1979 to 1982), Dr Loane focused on a career in ophthalmology and was awarded the Cedric Cohen Medal for Excellence by RANZCO.

He established the Cape York Eye Health Project over 20 years ago – an initiative that provides remote Indigenous communities in Queensland’s north with vital eye care. During this time, he has restored sight in 20,000 patients. In addition to helping disadvantaged communities, Dr Loane also has a public appointment at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and consults privately at Vision Eye Institute Brisbane.

In 2011, Dr Loane was made a Member of the Order of Australia. He has also been inducted into the Australian Rugby Union Hall of Fame, named as one of Queensland’s top 50 sportspeople of all time and immortalised with a photograph as part of the permanent collection in Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery.

‘It is important to celebrate, honour and commemorate outstanding people who have contributed enormously to our communities throughout Queensland.’

Annastacia Palaszczuk, Queensland Premier


Dr Mark Loane and his Queensland Greats award

Dr Mark Loane AM with his Queensland Greats award – Picture: RDW Photography

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk presenting Dr Mark Loane AM with his Queensland Greats Award

QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk presenting Dr Mark Loane with his award – Picture: RDW Photography

Read the full press release here

Dr Mark Loane specialises in cataract surgery and glaucoma treatment. He also treats a range of corneal disorders, including pterygium and corneal infections, as well as medical retina conditions. In addition to these specialist areas, Dr Loane provides more general eye care.  

He practices at Vision Eye Institute Brisbane.

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