A colloquium on Indigenous Eye Health held at the 12th National Rural Health Conference Adelaide, 7-10 of April, showcased the significance of the coordination of eye health services in Aboriginal Community Controlled Services (AMSs). In rural and remote parts of Australia, Regional Eye Health Coordinators have a pivotal role in delivering eye care services to Aboriginal communities. Despite their function, training has never been nationally endorsed for eye health workers.
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Last week Vision 2020 Australia held its first Parliamentary Friends Group for Eye Health and Vision Care breakfast of the year. With a focus on global aid, it was fantastic to see such support from our members and government with a strong turnout of over 95 attendees.
In the first of a number of interviews with influential members of the eye health and vision care community, Vision 2020 Australia talks to Professor Hugh Taylor AC about closing the gap for vision in Indigenous Australia. A Melbourne Laureate Professor, Hugh Taylor also holds the Harold Mitchell Chair of Indigenous Eye Health and is the lead of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. Read on as Professor Taylor opens up about his current research on trachoma, the importance of national coordination in the area of Indigenous eye health policy, the Melbourne Football Club, and his love of opera!
Geoff Pollard National Executive Officer, Glaucoma Australia, blogs about World Glaucoma Week 2013 and glaucoma—a group of eye diseases that slowly destroy the optic nerve and often go undetected in the early stages.
It's not every day that you get to speak with the Governor-General and the Australian of the Year; shake hands with past Prime Ministers and meet some of Australia's most generous philanthropists; but on Monday that's exactly what I did!
This year, together with our members, Vision 2020 Australia has continued to keep eye health and vision care on the public agenda and foster support among key members of parliament.
Avril Cronk, Manager of Communications and Congresses for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO), blogs about the recent RANZCO Congress held in Melbourne.
Clinical trials have commenced at the Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) to test laser therapy for stopping the development of age-related macular degeneration – a condition that causes blindness. Clinical Trial Coordinator for the Laser for Early Age-related macular Degeneration (LEAD) study, Emily Caruso, blogs about the research trial.
Naomi Thomson, Global Consortium Program Manager, and Courtney Saville, Global Advocacy Assistant at Vision 2020 Australia blog about the recent Pacific Reflections and Planning Workshop held in Suva, Fiji.
Natalie Kaine, an Occupational Therapist based in Vision Australia’s Sydney office, blogs about using video conferencing to connect with her clients in regional and remote NSW.
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