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Budget a missed opportunity to close the gap on health

Budget a missed opportunity to close the gap on health

Sarah Davies

Vision 2020 Australia Policy and Advocacy Officer Sarah Davies questions why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health was largely ignored in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.  Read more →

Optometrists, patients and communities short-changed in Federal Budget

Optometrists, patients and communities short-changed in Federal Budget

Kirsty Machon

The freeze on Medicare rebates for optometry must be lifted immediately to ensure the eye health of all Australians, writes Kirsty Machon, Acting CEO of Optometry Australia. Read more →

You Can’t Ask That: A personal reflection

You Can’t Ask That: A personal reflection

Emma Bennison

Emma Bennison, Executive Officer of Blind Citizens Australia, recently featured on the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That. She explains why sharing her experience of blindness was a difficult but important decision. Read more →

Coordinating to Close the Gap for Vision

Coordinating to Close the Gap for Vision

Jess Cutter

Vision 2020 Australia’s Policy and Advocacy Officer Jess Cutter considers what it will take to Close the Gap for Vision by 2020. Read more →

Q&A with Anthony Bennett Hall

Q&A with Anthony Bennett Hall

Anthony Bennett Hall

Anthony Bennett Hall has worked in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Tanzania, UK and Australia. He has been involved in eye work for over 30 years and been a consultant ophthalmologist for 20. Read more →

A day in the life with Stargardt’s Disease

A day in the life with Stargardt’s Disease

Matt De Gruchy

Matt De Gruchy is 20 years old and lives in Horsham, Victoria. He was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease when he was nine; an eye condition caused by a build-up of vitamin A.  Read more →

The power and shortfalls of the NDIS

The power and shortfalls of the NDIS

Dr Lynne Davis

Retired academic and Blind Citizens Australia Vice President Dr Lynne Davis reflects on how the NDIS has caused her both optimism and anguish.  Read more →

Q&A with Andrew Harris

Q&A with Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris has been an optometrist for over 25 years. Last year, we welcomed Andrew as a new Board member for Vision 2020 Australia.  Read more →

Jonathan Goerlach takes the stage

Jonathan Goerlach takes the stage

Jonathan Goerlach

Jonathan Goerlach, 34, is a paratriathlete, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Champion, motivational speaker and is currently studying a Bachelor in Sports Management. He is also vision and hearing impaired.  Read more →

The First OCT Item Number in Australia

The First OCT Item Number in Australia

Dr Rowan Porter

Dr Rowan Porter explains why Item 11219  to reimburse the use of OCT (Optical coherence tomography) as an alternative diagnostic procedure to FA is great news for patients. Read more →

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