Associate Professor Julian Rait OAM (MBBS(Melb), FRANZCO, FRACS, FAICD) a Principal at Eye Surgery Associates, is a glaucoma specialist and an Associate Professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Melbourne. A/Prof Rait has served as a staff member of the Centre for Eye Research Australia and been involved in raising funds for Glaucoma research in the Department of Ophthalmology since 1991. He was a federal councillor of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists between 1995 and 2003, and was also elected to the board of the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia, being the Honorary Treasurer between 1995 and 2002 and the Vice-Chairman between 2002 and 2005.
A/Prof Rait was head of the Glaucoma Unit at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital from 1993 to 2005, and subsequently was elected President & Chairman of MDA National Limited, a leading medical indemnity insurer representing 35,000 doctors, dentists and medical students across Australia. He became a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2008 and has served on several Boards concerned with both indigenous and overseas aid. A/Prof Rait was a Board member of the RANZCO Eye Foundation between 2009 and 2011, and has recently been appointed as the Chairman of Anglican Overseas Aid; an Ausaid accredited relief and development agency of the Anglican Church of Australia, that seeks to overcome poverty, injustice, and natural or environmental disaster in more than a dozen countries.