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About Irlen Diagnostic Clinics

Irlen Diagnostic Clinics help children and adults with reading disabilities by using tinted filter lenses. Our diagnosticians at our clinics are able to diagnose Scotopic Sensitivity, Visual Stress, or Irlen Syndrome.  Our clinics are located throughout Queensland (Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Townsville & Cairns) and the Northern Territory (Darwin).  We also support other diagnosticians throughout Queensland, as well as across Australia - through promoting other clinics, referrals and networking.




Peter Freney (Regional Coordinator; Diagnostician - Sunshine Coast / Darwin)


Peter Freney began his Irlen Clinic 24 years ago and has screened thousands of children and adults that suffer from Visual Dyslexia known as Irlen Syndrome. Peter spent 25 years as a school principal, he found that in years gone by that things were easier and less complex than the teaching environment today. Peter believes that if a person is having a lot of challenges with reading difficulties and learning difficulties it affects their whole life and that a lot of young children develop low self-esteem and children are experiencing anxiety as a pre-curser to depression. ‘As far as young students go, school is their representation of society, when a child is failing at school they feel disheartened when they leave skills feeling failure with society this can continue to build resentment throughout their life.’


 Dr Christine King (Regional Coordinator; Diagnostician - Brisbane / Sunshine Coast / Darwin)

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Dr Christine King has had a love of learning all of her life. This was not just a love of 'learning about things', but also a love of 'learning about learning'. Christine has completed a BSc (Psychology) and a PhD in Learning. She also completed a postgraduate program in education and community development. For the past 25 years Christine has worked in the Aid sector working on and managing large multi-stakeholder learning and change projects in Africa, India, Cambodia, Australia & Pacific Islands. From 2002 to 2010 she also lectured in research methods, and learning and change methodologies and processes at the University of Queensland, and has been a consultant for universities across Australia and overseas. She has been a senior researcher at Monash University since 2014 and is an Adj. Assoc. Prof. at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

By teaching people how to 'learn to learn, Christine has been able to enable profound changes in people's lives, facilitating processes that have helped individuals, groups, organisations, villages, and entire communities achieve extraordinary results. Since 2012, Christine has been running the 'Learn to Learn ... and get better grades' Program with high school and undergraduate university students. During this time, she has identifed many students with Irlen Syndrome who would have benefited incredibly, if only they knew about Irlen Syndrome sooner. Christine also has Irlen Syndrome, as do 2 of 3 of her children.


Bill Spooner (Diagnostician - Cairns)

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In 1973, Bill graduated from the Queensland College of Art and in 1975, completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching. Bill taught secondary art at local Tablelands and Cairns high schools. During this time, he was a specialist advisory teacher to the remote community schools of the Cape York Peninsula and the Torres Strait. In the early 1990s, Bill left the classroom and began to work regionally across Far Northern Schools, firstly in Careers Education, then as the Senior Schooling Education Advisor to Cairns high schools. After the Senior Schooling Education role, Bill worked as a Regional Curriculum Co-ordinator of the 140 schools of the peninsular region of Education Queensland. This gave Bill the opportunity to broaden his educational interests and to work at the cutting edge of education at a state, national and international level. 

Throughout the years, Bill has been actively involved as a leader in many professional and community associations and projects. All of these are designed to further the cause of education and forge closer ties between schools, parents and the business community. In 1997, Bill's career saw a major change when he resigned from Education Queensland. In 1998 he set up Bill Spooner's Coaching Academy, having decided that he could make a greater contribution to children and their parents by working in the private arena. Bill has a passion for motivating children to learn in order to achieve success and happiness. Visit Bill Spooner's Coaching Academy here. 


 Heather Coleman (Diagnostician - Townsville)

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Heather Coleman (BScHons. Dip Teach. Dip Ed.) started teaching in 1968. She has always been searching for a way to really make a difference for her students. Heather taught in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, followed by a time in learning support, running an Early Education group and Kumon centre, after school tuition.  In 2002 Heather had the opportunity to train as an Irlen Screener and several years later became a Diagnostician. Diagnosing Irlen Syndrome and prescribing tinted lenses for clients of all ages is definitely making that difference she was looking to make when she started teaching in 1968.  

Wendy Downward works with Heather as an Irlen Screener.  She served 19 years in the Australian Army as a pscyhological examiner.  Wendy has 2 daughters with Irlen sydrome who have shown remarkable success since they began wearing their Irlen filters.  Seeing improvments in her own daughters inspired Wendy to become an Irlen Screener and help others with Irlen Sydrome. You can visit Wendy's website here.


Heather Rawlins (Diagnostician - Bundaberg; President - AAIC)

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Heather Rawlins studied at the Western Teachers College in Adelaide. She is a retired Special Education and remedial Teacher who loves working with Mums, Dads and Grandparents to help their children work through the difficulties some children face when learning to read. Many moons ago when her son was having difficulty learning to read, she went in search of answers for something to help, as Mums do. Not just as a Special Education Teacher, but being a Mum working each day supporting her children with their learning to read and now with some of her Grand Children who need some extra help, Heather has been able to gather up all sorts of tips and tricks which she would love to share with you.

Heather has lots of practical tips, but also offers the Expressways to Reading Program. Heather has 2 Grandchildren who are having excellent success with this program and have had some fantastic success with some of the local schools in Queensland working with the children with this program. She also specialise in the diagnosis of Dyslexia. You can visit Heather's website here.


Celia Watson (Diagnostician - Maryborough)

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Celia's teaching career of 25 years spans high school teaching, working with adults who had attended Special School, Special Needs Support Group in high school and finally, Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Acting Deputy Principal at Maryborough Special School. Celia enjoys working with parents and children in the Maryborough community, building students' learning capacity by coaching them in the use of strategies that they can take with them into the future, and apply every day. For many years, Celia has worked alongside her husband Richard who held a position at the Tafe College and has a strong background in business, working with adults with disabilities, and Adult Education.  You can get in contact with Celia through her website by clicking here.






Last modified on January 15, 2022


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