Dr Michael Forrest specialises in
Cataract Surgery, Strabismus Surgery,
Comprehensive Adult and Paediatric Ophthalmology.
Dr Forrest consults at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton, and Northside Eye Specialists, Gympie Road, Chermside, and operates at North West Private Hospital, Chermside Day Hospital, and Brisbane Day Surgery.
Dr Forrest was born in Brisbane and studied Medicine at the University of Queensland. He did research for a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the University of Bologna in Italy, and he speaks Italian.
His specialist ophthalmology training was in Brisbane, and at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. He spent two years doing further sub-specialty fellowship training in the UK, at Gloucestershire Eye Unit (cataract, glaucoma and strabismus), and at the prestigious Great Ormond Street Hospital in London (paediatric cataract and glaucoma, strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology).
Dr Forrest worked as Staff Specialist and Visiting Ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospitals from 2004 to 2013, for half that time as Department Head. At Mater he initiated, developed and ran Australia’s first telemedicine program for ROP screening. He is a supporter of “Sight For All”, and has done volunteer work with that charity in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.
He is passionate about teaching and maintaining standards in health care. He was a Senior Lecturer at UQ (2004 to 2013), has interviewed candidates for UQ School of Medicine since 1993, regularly attends and lectures at national and international conferences, and has been a frequent guest lecturer at Optometry and GP conferences. He served as a director of Queensland Eye Hospital (now Brisbane Day Surgery) for more than 10 years.
He is married with three sons. He enjoys all things Italian, bushwalking, music, trail and marathon running, and spending time at the beach and in the mountains with his family.
Medical Board of Australia
B Med Sc (with Distinction) The University of Queensland
MB BS The University of Queensland
Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Australian Medical Association
Chermside Day Hospital
North West Private Hospital
Brisbane Day Surgery (formerly Queensland Eye Hospital)
South Bank Day Hospital
Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist (DAO), Civil Aviation Safety Authority [Class 1 Commercial Pilots / Class 3 Air Traffic Controllers / others]