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Rod O’Day completed his graduate medical degree with honours at The University of Sydney in 2011. Prior to this he studied Law and Science at the University of Melbourne.

He began ophthalmology specialist training at Melbourne's Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH) in 2014 and finished in 2018. He then trained as a subspecialist in medical retina (fellowship at the RVEEH, 2018) and in ocular oncology (fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, 2019).  

Rod is a Principal Investigator at the University of Melbourne affiliated Centre for Eye Research Australia, where he focuses on ocular oncology research. 

Rod has public hospital appointments at the RVEEH (Ocular Oncology and Uveitis), the Royal Children's Hospital (Ocular Oncology) and University Hospital Geelong (General Ophthalmology). This involves providing public health care and he is actively involved in training future colleagues.