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Jess Gallagher talks about World Sight Day

Jess Gallagher talks about World Sight Day

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Jess Gallagher talks about World Sight Day, making vision count and how the ability for people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in society has changed for the better thanks to technology. Read more →

Diabetic retinopathy: My brush with blindness

Diabetic retinopathy: My brush with blindness

Jamie Duncan

Jamie Duncan, Vision Australia writer/editor, had never been to an optometrist despite living with diabetes. In this blog he writes about losing his sight in his 30s. Read more →

Australian carers need to put their eye health first

Australian carers need to put their eye health first

Julie Heraghty

With a large percentage of Australian’s aged 50 to 64 focused on providing care to their family, they are losing sight of their own eye health, explains Julie Heraghty, CEO of the Macular Disease Foundation Australia. Read more →

Why is funding for pay television being prioritised over funding for audio description on free-to-air television?

Why is funding for pay television being prioritised over funding for audio description on free-to-air television?

John Simpson

People who are blind or live with vision loss are asking why the Australian Government is funding pay television instead of audio description services, writes John Simpson, President of Blind Citizens Australia. Read more →

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 →

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