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Uniting for fairer employment rights

Uniting for fairer employment rights

Kate Begley

As a person with low vision who is leading a successful career, my employment story is still regarded as the exception – this needs to change.  Read more →

Uncovering hidden gems in the Preventive Health and Chronic Disease Support Package

Uncovering hidden gems in the Preventive Health and Chronic Disease Support Package

Che Stockley

The federal budget, released on Tuesday night announced an ongoing funding package targeted at Preventive Health and Chronic Disease. Funding for the package comes in at $1.7 billion over the next four years. Read more →

Supporting eye health and vision care in the More Choices for a Longer Life Package

Supporting eye health and vision care in the More Choices for a Longer Life Package

Jacob McCabe

The 2018/19 Federal Budget provides a significant investment in the lives of older Australians through the More Choices for a Longer Life package. With roughly an additional $5 billion dollar investment in Aged Care over the next four years this certainly constitutes a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to protect older Australians. Read more →

Welcome boost to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Eye Health, but more is needed to Close the Gap

Welcome boost to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People’s Eye Health, but more is needed to Close the Gap

Che Stockley

Tuesday night’s federal budget committed $10 billion to closing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health over the next ten years. Read more →

New lows in Australia’s aid expenditure

New lows in Australia’s aid expenditure

Jacob McCabe

Sadly, Australia’s overseas aid program is being driven by principles of economic development, increased trade and enhanced security for the Australian population and the Indo-Pacific, but is failing to address systemic drivers of poverty in developing nations.  Read more →

Diabetic Eye Disease – the next big challenge

Diabetic Eye Disease – the next big challenge

Dee Hopkins

For those diagnosed with diabetes, managing the core disease can be an intimidating prospect. Add to this a long list of potential health complications they will need to be vigilant of, such as cardiovascular disease and kidney damage, and it’s not surprising to learn that eyes are not high on the radar. During Macula Month, we want all Australians at risk to think about their macula health; learn the risk factors associated with macular disease; have a regular, comprehensive eye examination and ask about their macula. Read more →

Aboriginal-led solutions key to closing the vision gap

Aboriginal-led solutions key to closing the vision gap

Che Stockley

Vision 2020 Australia Policy and Advocacy Advisor Che Stockley reflects on the Close the Gap for Vision by 2020: Striving Together National Conference 2018. Read more →

Are you one of the 150,000 Australians who are slowly but irreversibly losing their eyesight to glaucoma?

Are you one of the 150,000 Australians who are slowly but irreversibly losing their eyesight to glaucoma?

Gillian Hopkins

Half of the 300,000 Australians with glaucoma are unaware they have the potentially blinding condition because they lack noticeable symptoms and have not had an eye examination. Read more →

Discover the Depths of Orthoptics

Discover the Depths of Orthoptics

Allanah Crameri

Allanah Crameri explains the importance of Orthoptics Awareness Week Read more →

Dialogue in the Dark - Revolutionising the way Australians perceive blindness, promoting diversity and inclusion for all.

Dialogue in the Dark - Revolutionising the way Australians perceive blindness, promoting diversity and inclusion for all.

Karlie Gartner

After more than 25 years, 132 cities, 39 countries and over 10 million guests, Dialogue in the Dark™ opened its doors at the District Docklands in Melbourne in June 2017. Read more →

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