Devonport Eye Hospital, 62 Oldaker Street. Devonport. TAS. 7310

(03) 6424 6111


North West Medical Centre, Suite 2/21 Brickport Rd. Burnie. TAS. 7320

(03) 6431 7604

About us

Your vision is our vision

Our team comprises of three permanent ophthalmologists, a permanent orthoptist and a team of friendly support staff who are dedicated to providing eye care on the North West Coast of Tasmania.

Our practice has been servicing Tasmania’s North West Coast community for over 60 years.

Our team of specialists have extensive experience and knowledge in eye care diagnosis, treatment, and surgery.

Our ophthalmologists and staff at Devonport Eye Hospital use the latest proven techniques and technology to provide excellent care for every patient.


In 2014 we expanded our practice in Devonport by building the Devonport Eye Hospital (DEH) in Oldaker Street. Our long-standing clinic in Kempling Street was no longer large enough to support the overwhelming need for advanced eye care in Devonport.


Our modern and spacious medical, combined with our full range of services in Burnie, ensures our patient’s eye care needs can be met on the North West Coast.

Our Specialists

There are four ophthalmologists in our practice with many sub-specialties, including laser refractive surgery, cataract surgery, glaucoma management and surgery, retinal procedures, macular degeneration and oculoplastics.

Dr Michael Haybittel

Special skills: cataract surgery, anterior segment disease, strabismus and ocular plastics.

Michael Haybittel


Dr Haybittel was a General Practitioner for five years before specialising as an Ophthalmologist in South Africa. Dr Haybittel has been on the North West Coast of Tasmania since 1995 and did the Australian Opthalmology fellowship exam in 1996. He works in Devonport and Burnie. Dr Haybittel teaches doctors, medical students and optometrists on a regular basis.

Dr Haybittel also provides a three monthly service to King Island and annually volunteers to work and teach in Samoa, where there is no resident ophthalmologist and blindness due to cataracts is endemic and commonplace.

Andrew Traill


Dr Traill completed his MBBS at the University of Tasmania. He studied ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and was awarded the James McBride White Medal for retinal research. He went on to complete a surgical and medical retinal fellowship at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in the UK. Dr Traill now works and teaches on the coast two days a week.

Dr Andrew Trail

Special skills: medical and surgical diseases of the retina, macula and vitreous, small incision vitrectomy and general eye surgery.

Dr Robert McKay

Special skills: diabetic retinopathy, medical conditions of the retina, age related macular degeneration and cataract surgery.

Robert McKay


After medical training Dr McKay completed a Masters’ degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. He then undertook Ophthalmology training for a number of years. He was Director of the Ophthalmology unit at the Royal Darwin Hospital for five years where he provided a flying service to Aboriginal communities across the “Top End”. Dr McKay then spent five years in Papua New Guinea as clinical lead for the Fred Hollows Foundation New Zealand. Dr McKay maintains his involvement in PNG. Dr McKay lives in Forth and has been working full time with North West Eye Surgeons since 2013.

Julie Barbour

D.B.O.A., Ass Dip Sc Orthoptics

Julie has been working with North West Eye Surgeons in Devonport and Burnie for the past 20 years.

An orthoptist is an eye health professional who works with Ophthalmologists providing complex eye care, diagnosing and treating vision disorders in children and adults. Julie completed her orthoptic training at the Lincoln Institute, School of Health Sciences in Melbourne, Victoria.

Special interests: Children and adults with strabismus (turned eye), binocular vision and eye movement disorders.

There are many treatments we can offer our patients.

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