Specialising in Cataract and Strabismus Surgery & general Adult and Paediatric Ophthalmology

About Dr Michael Forrest

Dr Michael Forrest

Dr Michael Forrest specialises in in Cataract Surgery, Strabismus Surgery, and general Adult and Paediatric Ophthalmology.

Dr Forrest’s private practice is based at Northside Eye Specialists, now based in the Chermside Medical Complex at Chermside, and he also consults at Mitchelton. He operates at South Bank Day Hospital, in South Brisbane. He was Medical Director at Queensland Eye Hospital from 2009 to 2011, and served as a Director at QEH until 2019.

Dr Forrest studied Medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1994. As an undergraduate he did research for a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the University of Bologna in Italy, and he speaks Italian.

He commenced his training as an Ophthalmologist at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, and returned to Brisbane to continue his training at the PAH, RBH and RCH, Mater and Greenslopes Hospitals.

He spent two years in the UK doing further sub-specialty fellowship training, firstly at the Gloucestershire Eye Unit (cataract surgery, glaucoma and strabismus surgery), and then at the prestigious Great Ormond Street Hospital in London (paediatric cataract and glaucoma surgery, strabismus surgery and paediatric neuro-ophthalmology).

Dr Forrest has a long-standing commitment to medical education and the public hospital system. He was a Visiting Ophthalmologist at the Mater Hospitals from 2004 to 2013, and was Chairperson of the Mater Eye Department from 2007 to 2011. He was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland from 2004 until 2013, and teaches ophthalmology registrars, medical students, GPs, optometry students, optometrists and orthoptists. He regularly attends and lectures at national and international conferences, and keeps up to date with the latest technological advances and surgical developments. He is a regular guest lecturer at optometry conferences. He was an Interviewer for UQ Medical School entry for 12 years until Interview was discontinued.

Although Dr Forrest’s chief surgical interests are cataract and strabismus surgery, he has a research interest in retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of blindness in newborns. He has initiated, developed and ran (until 2013) Australia’s first telemedicine program for ROP screening, at the Mater Mother’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

He is married with three young sons. He enjoys all things Italian, bushwalking, music, cycling, trail and marathon running, coaching junior rugby and spending time at the beach and in the mountains with his family.

Medical Registration:

Medical Board of Australia

General Medical Council (GMC) - UK Medical Registration


B Med Sc (with Distinction) The University of Queensland

MB BS The University of Queensland

FRANZCO Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists


Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Australian Medical Association

American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Australasian Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine


Private Hospital:

South Bank Day Hospital

Other Appointments:

Designated Aviation Ophthalmologist (DAO), Civil Aviation Safety Authority [Class 1 Commercial Pilots / Class 3 Air Traffic Controllers / others]

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Dr Forrest practices at Northside Eye Specialists, based at Chermside, North Brisbane, and at Blackwood Street, Mitchelton.

Northside Eye Specialists
Chermside Medical Complex
3/956 Gympie Road
Chermside QLD 4032
Phone: 07 3359 8886
Fax: 07 3359 5557

12 Blackwood Street 
(Postal address: PO Box 6134)
Mitchelton  QLD 4053
Phone: 07 3855 2605
Fax: 07 3855 3707