Dr Jacqueline Ramke

BAppSci(Optometry) QUT, MPH MHSM PhD UNSW.


Jacqui is an eye health services researcher with a background in optometry, international development, epidemiology and evidence synthesis. In 2020, Jacqui returned to New Zealand following a two-year Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she continues to hold an appointment as Associate Professor of Global Eye Health. Jacqui’s appointment at the University of Auckland is funded by the Buchanan Charitable Foundation, New Zealand. At the University of Auckland, Jacqui is establishing a research programme focused on developing and testing strategies to improve access to eye care and reduce inequality.

Research | Current

Jacqui's research is focused on equity and eye health. Current projects include:

  • Improving access to diabetes eye services in Auckland and Counties Manukau (HRC funded)
  • Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health (report; website)
  • Rapid Review: How should New Zealand establish the “Eye Health Check” for older adults to maximise the potential to reduce vision impairment? (protocol)
  • Pilot study for the New Zealand National Eye Health Survey
  • Use of diabetes eye services in New Zealand: analysis of national routinely collected data
  • Geographic distribution of eye services in New Zealand
  • Gender and eye health: an overview of systematic reviews
  • Improving social justice in observational studies (STROBE-equity extension)


Research interests

  • Equity and eye health
  • Differential access to eye health services
  • Avoidable waste in eye health research
  • Strengthening the collection and reporting of eye health monitoring and research information to promote equity

Postgraduate supervision

Jaymie Rogers, PhD: Differential access to eye care in Aotearoa 

Deepa Kumar, MSc: Attendance at diabetic retinopathy screening and ophthalmology services at Counties Manukau District Health Board, and the impact of Covid-19

Kaarthic Mahasivam, PGDip: Gender and ethnic diversity of optometry in Aotearoa and Australia

Available PhD opportunity: Data infrastructure for eye health in Aotearoa

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, Commissioner

International Society of Geographic and Epidemiological Ophthalmologists (ISGEO), Vice President


World Health Organization 

  • Technical Working Group Member to develop the Package of Comprehensive Eyecare Interventions
  • Technical Working Group Member for the revision of ECSAT (Eye Care Services Assessment Tool)

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

  • Gender Equity Working Group Member
  • Vision Atlas Reference Committee Member

Rapid Assessment of Avoidable Blindness (RAAB)

  • Steering Group Member
  • Technical Advisory Group Member

Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group, Priority Setting Process, Steering Group Member


  • Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group, Editor
  • Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Editorial Board Member
  • Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, Editorial Board Member

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Evans, J., Mwangi, N., Burn, H., & Ramke, J. (2020). Equity was rarely considered in Cochrane Eyes and Vision systematic reviews and primary studies on cataract. Journal of clinical epidemiology, 125, 57-63. 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.04.024
  • Lee, C. N., Ramke, J., McCormick, I., Zhang, J. H., Aghaji, A., Mwangi, N., ... He, M. (2020). Are we advancing universal health coverage through cataract services? Protocol for a scoping review. BMJ open, 10 (7)10.1136/bmjopen-2020-039458
  • Hamm, L. M., Black, J., Burn, H., Grey, C., Harwood, M., Peiris-John, R., ... Ramke, J. (2020). Interventions to promote access to eye care for non-Indigenous, non-dominant ethnic groups in high-income countries: a scoping review protocol. BMJ open, 10 (6)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-033775
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Hamm, Joanna Black, Matire Harwood, Roshini Peiris-John
  • Yashadhana, A., Zhang, J. H., Yasmin, S., Morjaria, P., Holland, P., Faal, H., ... Ramke, J. (2020). Action needed to improve equity and diversity in global eye health leadership. Eye (London, England), 34 (6), 1051-1054. 10.1038/s41433-020-0843-y
  • Zhang, J. H., Ramke, J., Mwangi, N., Furtado, J., Yasmin, S., Bascaran, C., ... Congdon, N. (2020). Global eye health and the sustainable development goals: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ open, 10 (3)10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035789
  • McCormick, I., Mactaggart, I., Bastawrous, A., Burton, M. J., & Ramke, J. (2020). Effective refractive error coverage: an eye health indicator to measure progress towards universalhealth coverage. Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 40 (1), 1-5. 10.1111/opo.12662
  • Burton, M. J., Faal, H. B., Ramke, J., Ravilla, T., Holland, P., Wang, N., ... Foster, A. (2019). Announcing The Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health. The Lancet. Global health, 7 (12), e1612-e1613. 10.1016/s2214-109x(19)30450-4
  • Buchan, J. C., Dean, W. H., Ramke, J., & Burton, M. J. (2019). The inverse-research law of eye health. Eye (London, England), 33 (12), 1976-1977. 10.1038/s41433-019-0528-6


Contact details

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M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 363
New Zealand

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