Our Focus

Vision 2020 Australia has three key areas of focus: conducting advocacy, facilitating collaboration and raising awareness.

Advocacy

Vision 2020 Australia leads sector advocacy at federal government level and advocates for policy change and the prioritisation of eye health and vision care across Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care

A key advocacy initiative for Vision 2020 Australia is the Parliamentary Friends Group. Established in 2007 this bi-partisan group is co-chaired by Coalition and Labor members of parliament and promotes eye health and vision care issues at the federal level.

Raising awareness

Vision 2020 Australia works in partnership with members and government to raise the profile of eye health and vision care issues.

In Australia, almost 575,000 people are blind or vision impaired. As Australia’s population ages, this figure is predicted to rise to over 800,000 by 2020.

Vision loss has significant social and economic costs and greatly impacts independence and quality of life.

man getting eye test

The good news is around 75 per cent of vision loss is preventable or treatable.

Vision 2020 Australia runs ongoing awareness raising activities including campaigns for the Vision Initiative Program in Victoria and annually in October for World Sight Day to promote the importance of eye health and vision care.

 

Collaboration

Vision 2020 Australia’s success relies on the strength of partnerships with members and key stakeholders. Members are engaged through a number of channels to enable collaboration, driving shared success for the sector.

Vision 2020 Australia utilises its committees to develop policies, strategies and submissions to improve the state of eye health and vision care in Australia and Asia and the Pacific.

This brings together members working across a range of settings to share knowledge and expertise.

Policy:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Committee
  • Global Committee
  • Low Vision and Rehabilitation Committee
  • Prevention and Early Intervention Committee

Program:

  • Consortium Program Committee
  • Regional Plan Steering Committee
  • Vision Initiative Steering Committee
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