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Finding their way–Orientation and Mobility Training in Timor-Leste

Finding their way–Orientation and Mobility Training in Timor-Leste

Lyndal Rowlands

In Timor-Leste people with a disability continue to face many barriers to social and economic inclusion. The Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons, through the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium, has been delivering Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training courses in Timor-Leste since 2010 to help people who are blind or have low vision to increase their safety and independence. Read more →

Watch out, cane about!

Watch out, cane about!

Dr Graeme White

Dr Graeme White, CEO of Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, blogs about the innovative new ‘Watch out, cane about’ awareness campaign recently launched by the Guide Dogs organisations across Australia. Read more →

Q&A with Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery

Q&A with Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery

Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) leads the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Australia, launched earlier this year. We talk to General Jeffery about the Trust’s aims and work to date, as well some highlights in his long and distinguished career. Read more →

Vision Initiative pilot projects to save the sight of thousands

Vision Initiative pilot projects to save the sight of thousands

Jennifer Gersbeck

On World Sight Day, Vision 2020 Australia and the Victorian Minister for Health, the Hon David Davis MLC, launched the fantastic new Vision Initiative pilot projects aimed at saving the sight of thousands of Victorians. The new pilot projects aim to bring both health and eye health professionals together to identify those at risk of eye disease and vision loss, encouraging them to have regular eye tests. Read more →

Global Ambassador: Why World Sight Day is important

Global Ambassador: Why World Sight Day is important

Dr Jessica Gallagher

Personally I have experienced the loss of my sight, I am now legally blind and to know there are millions who don't have to lose their sight makes the initiative of World Sight Day even more crucial and so close to my heart. Read more →

Eyes on Hobart: RANZCO Congress

Eyes on Hobart: RANZCO Congress

A/Prof Nitin Verma AM (RANZCO Congress Convenor)

The most anticipated ophthalmic event of the year is nearly here! Now in its 45th year, RANZCO Congress is the largest event of its kind in Australia and New Zealand. It is held this year in my beautiful town of Hobart in Tasmania. Read more →

Seeing the bigger picture: Disability Inclusion in eye health programs

Seeing the bigger picture: Disability Inclusion in eye health programs

In a tiny rural community high in the mountains of Timor-Leste I sit on a rickety old wooden bench among a group of elderly Timorese. They wait patiently and excitedly, creating a buzz of chatter and curiosity. The mobile eye clinic has arrived and the team are setting up. The mountain is so high that we are sitting above the clouds, but what lies hidden from view is a tiny village without electricity; without running water; without a health clinic and with only one classroom. Read more →

Q&A with Lisa Briggs

Q&A with Lisa Briggs

In the fourth interview of our Q&A series Vision 2020 Australia talks to The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation’s (NACCHO) CEO, Lisa Briggs, about Investing in Healthy Futures for generational change: NACCHO 10 Point Plan 2013-2030, comprehensive primary health care and the people who have inspired her during her career. Ms Briggs has a wealth of experience in the field of Aboriginal health, predominantly within the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector. Read more →

ADDC Day of Action morning tea

ADDC Day of Action morning tea

Courtney Saville

Wednesday 17 July was the Australian Disability and Development Consortium’s (ADDC) Day of Action to campaign for the appointment of an Ambassador for Disability-Inclusive Development within AusAID. Read more →

The Diabetes and Eye Health Project

The Diabetes and Eye Health Project

Amelia Lake

Do you know someone who has diabetes? Are you managing the condition yourself? Almost certainly, you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to the first question and you may also have answered ‘Yes’ to the second. In fact, Diabetes Australia estimates that approximately 1.7 million Australians are currently living with diabetes, with about 275 new cases every day. July 14 – 20 is National Diabetes Week and I’d like to tell you about one of the fantastic Vision Initiative activities: the Diabetes and Eye Health project. Read more →

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