Academic Leader: Teaching and Learning

Mrs Diane van Staden


Academic Leader: Optometry
Tel: +27 (0)31 260 7090
Campus Westville
Research Interests Public health practice, Service Development, Teaching and Learning practices, Program evaluation
Biosketch Diane obtained a Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of Durban-Westville (now UKZN) in 1998. Having practiced as an optometrist in Cape Town for 4 years, she decided to pursue her interest in the then emerging field of public health optometry. She contributed to the development of optometry in various capacities within Department of Health structures in both the Free State and KwaZulu Natal provinces, including the training of nurses and other mid level personnel in primary eye care and vision screening. She was a member of faculty at the UFS Optometry department between 2005 and 2007, growing the universities clinical optometry services at various hospitals and clinics across the Free State province. She successfully completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2009 from which she earned membership to the prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society. She subsequently entrenched her public health experience at the internationally renowned Brien Holden Vision Institute’s Public Health Division in Durban, South Africa, first as a Global Programs Officer and then as a Program Manager for Southern Africa, through which she was closely involved in the establishment of new Schools of Optometry in both Malawi and Mozambique. She has also worked closely with the African Vision Research Institute and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) Southern Africa region. Diane joined UKZN in the capacity of Lecturer in 2011 and is currently completing a Doctoral degree through Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland.

ResearchGate Profile

List of Publications Scaling up the delivery of refractive error services within a district health system: the KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa experience – Kovin S Naidoo, Kesi Naidoo, Yashika Maharaj, Prasidh Ramson, Diane Wallace and Reshma Dabideen
BMC Health Services Research 2013, 13:361

New Systematic Review Methodology for Visual Impairment and Blindness for the 2010 Global Burden of Disease Study Bourne, R et al Ophthalmic Epidemiology, 2013; 20(1): 33–39

A PERSPECTIVE ON THE EVOLUTION AND MANAGEMENT OF MYOPIA K. Naidoo, D. Wallace Points de Vue n°63/Autumn 2010

The Challenge of uncorrected refractive error: Driving the agenda of the Durban Declaration on refractive error and service development. Kovin Naidoo, Diane Wallace, Brien Holden, Hassan Minto, Palesa Dube Clinical and Experimental Optometry 2010: 93: 3: 131–136

Student Research 2015: Knowledge of diabetes mellitus, its ocular complications and co-management by optometrists among diabetic patients in eThekwini Municipality KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa ( Published in African Vision and Eye Health)
Student research 2014: A reliability comparison of the digital version of the Ishihara colour vision test to the traditional handbook (In publication draft)