Mitchell Anjou was awarded the Order of Australia for his significant service to optometry and public health, particularly in the Indigenous community, as a researcher, clinician and educator.
He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Indigenous Eye Health Unit, Melbourne School of Population Health at the University of Melbourne, a position he has held since 2010. Before taking this role, Mitchell held a range of positions in optometry including Senior Fellow, Department of Optometry, University of Melbourne, 1991–2008; Councillor, Australian College of Optometry, 1992–1996 and 2007; Director, Optometry Clinic, 1992–2010; Coordinator, Clinical School, 1989–2004 and Manager, Victorian Eyecare Service, 2001–2010.
He led the expansion of eye care services for a range of disadvantaged groups in Melbourne and country Victoria, including the homeless, those with an intellectual disability, and those in aged care facilities.
He was instrumental in establishing an eye clinic at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, in 1997. These services further expanded in partnership with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in 2000–2010and he established a network of visiting optometry services in Aboriginal Medical Services throughout Victoria.
As well as his research and clinical work, Mitchell has been a Board Member of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand since 2011; a Practitioner Member, Registration and Notifications Committee, Optometry Board of Australia, since 2010; former Vice- President, Optometrists Registration Board of Victoria, for 2 years; a Member of the Victorian Optometrists Training and Education Trust, since 2010, and has been involved in the Optometrists Associationof Australia in both the Victorian Branch and Federal Branches.
Mitchell has been a Fellow of the Australian College of Optometry since 1985.