Introducing our team

Hunter Cataract & Eye Centre has a great team of specialists and support staff to assist you with making bookings, and pre and post service advice.


Dr David Manning


Dr Manning is a local boy. He graduated High School at St Francis Xaviers College, attended The University of Newcastle, where he won a Newcastle University undergraduate scholarship, and graduated with Honours.

Dr Manning undertook internship and residency in the Hunter New England Area Health Service before commencing specialist eye training. Dr Manning’s Eye Training commenced in Orange at the Orange Eye Centre, then continued formally at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne. Fellowship training followed,  both at The Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Manchester England.

Dr Manning was awarded fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology in 2006 and has worked as consultant Eye Surgeon since, initially working in Manchester, then Melbourne, before finally returning home to Newcastle in 2007, when he took over the reins of Hunter Cataract & Eye Centre.

Dr Manning is an active member of RANZCO, ANZGIG (Australian Glaucoma Society), and AUSCRS (Australian Cataract Surgeon Society). He is also a member of the AMA.

Dr Manning regularly presents at local and interstate meetings, and is actively involved in educating and training medical students, registrars, and optometrists. He has also recently become involved in a large multicentre trial investigating the best approach to initially treat Glaucoma.

Dr Manning was appointed as a VMO with Hunter New England Health in 2007, and continues to provide services in both the public and  private sectors.

Dr Dan Polya


Dr Polya specialises in vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina, and general ophthalmology.

He completed ophthalmology training at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne and a fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at St Michael’s Hospital, Canada’s busiest retinal service, at the University of Toronto, where he was chief fellow.  He was appointed as clinical lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at Dalhousie University.  

Dan has authored and co-authored multiple published manuscripts in international journals and a book chapter on sutureless vitrectomy. 

He completed a Master of Public Health at the University of NSW with a thesis in Patient Safety.  Dan has presented at several international ophthalmic meetings.  He is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. 

Dan is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Retina Specialists, Oceania Retina Association, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, Canadian Ophthalmological Society, Canadian Retina Society, and Australian Medical Association.

Kathryn Nowland

Cert IV Small Business Enterprise Management

Kath is our Practice Manager and joined us in 2008 with a background in finance and having had her own book-keeping business.

Kimberley Strange

Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthoptics

Kimberley completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Orthoptics with honours at the University of Sydney in 1995 as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling in 2000. Kimberley has worked in low vision at Vision Australia providing assessments of vision and recommending low vision aids and adaptions to improve functional vision and independence. As well as working in various Ophthalmic settings Kimberley has a wide range of skills to provide patient-focused care.

Support Staff

At HCEC we have many friendly and helpful support staff well trained to look after your needs during your visit at the clinic.

Our professional reception staff include;

Yvonne, Peita, Nikki, Pam, Gabby, Sophia and Bridynn.

Our caring Ophthalmic Assistants include;

Jacinta, Georgina, Merryn and Nataasha.

We all aim to make your visit at HCEC a pleasant one, and we are always willing to help with any related questions you may have.